Hobart

Hobart! I have only been living in this city for a few short months but already it has showed it’s charm. Whilst it is officially a city – it is more like a big country town. Though I must admit I have really only seen the most beautiful part of the weather here – Winter may be a slightly different story, but the wonderful food, culture and activities will always be here.

Cafe's and restaurants

  • Pilgrim – Coffee – My husband loved this coffee place – and its located very close to Hobart Hospital. – http://www.beanhunter.com/cafes/review/Pilgrim-Coffee
  • Doctor Coffee – This place was started by a Doctor! It has three separate locations in Hobart! – http://doctorcoffee.com.au
  • Jackman and McRoss Bakery – If your looking for beautiful breakfasts, wonderful pastries and freshly baked bread (on site) you can’t go past this place! Located not far from the hospital in Battery Point – http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/345/1592394/restaurant/Tasmania/Hobart/Jackman-McRoss-Bakeries-Battery-Point
  • Environs – Another great place to eat in Battery Point! – http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/345/1627499/restaurant/Tasmania/Hobart/Environs-Battery-Point
  • Pigeon Hole Cafe – Great place fro brunch and great coffee! – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pigeon-Hole-cafe/140284822680190
  • The Drunken Admiral – This place had beautiful seafood!!!! – http://drunkenadmiral.com.au
  • Ball and Chain – If you like steak you can’t go past this place! it cooks a wide variety of mouthwatering steaks! Its family friendly and has a salad bar! – http://www.ballandchain.com.au
  • Le Provencal – This homely french restaurant in HOBART is run by a lovely couple (the husband is in the kitchen and the wife serves – and that was literally their staff the night we went), and serves honest provincial french food! It was an absolute delight! – http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g255097-d812771-Reviews-Le_Provencal-Hobart_Tasmania.html
  • Piccolo – Italian inspired food – definitely worth checking out! – http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/piccoloGT11.htm
  • The Henry Jones Art Hotel – Absolutely lovely food – they have two sides to the menu – classic and modern!! I really enjoyed the food here! – http://www.thehenryjones.com/dine/henrysrestaurant

Things to do

  • Mona – Museum of Old and New Art – This place doesn’t look much on the outside but is quite outstanding once inside. Whilst I found some of the artworks almost disturbing, it’s collection of art was world class. They also have markets on the MONA lawn through the summer months – where you can listen to live music, eat amazing food and just simply relax – http://www.mona.net.au
  • Zoodoo Wildlife Park – This was the most interactive wildlife park (or zoo for that matter) that I have ever been to! We fed lions, watched feeds for the tasmanian devils and meerkats, went on a “safari” that let us hand feed camels, emus and ostridges, and alpacas. After all that we were free to roam and hand feed amongst kangaroos and wallabies, ponies, deers, sheep, goats and chickens. Great Fun! – http://www.zoodoo.com.au
  • Tahune Skywalk – This skywalk shows us why Tasmania is just so beautiful. In the clean fresh are you walk amongst the tree tops, with beautiful fresh views! (If your a local in Hobart your entry is free!!!) – http://www.discovertasmania.com/attraction/tahuneforestairwalkandvisitorcentre
  • Playgrounds: there is a nice little one on the Esplanade in Lindisfarne (near rowing club) and some awesome fenced in ones at Marieville Esplanade (Sandy Bay), Long Beach (Sandy Bay) and Dru Point (Margate). The one at Dru Point also has a bike riding area with traffic lights and if you stop at the Margate train for some pancakes you can make a day of it.
  • Farm Gate Markets – These small markets located near Elizabeth street run on a Sunday – and have some beautiful local fresh produce, and a fresh sushi stall that serves freshly grounded real wasabi!!! They make your hand rolls to order on the spot!!! – http://farmgatemarket.com.au

Things to do with kids

  • ChaTas – This is a wonderful website for anyone with kids in Tasmania! Great links for activities, playgroups, walking groups etc! – http://www.chatas.org.au
  • Hobart Mums Network – Where local mums find support, encouragement, and inspiration. – http://www.facebook.com/HobartMums?fref=ts – http://hobartmums.net/
  • Playgroups Tasmania – These play groups are fantastic and a wonderful place to meet other mums! They also have a Toy Library – http://www.playgroupaustralia.com.au/tas/index.cfm?objectid=BC25B1A7-97A5-6E24-5527EC5D8DC894B8