There is so much to see and do in Hobart and surrounds that the only problem will be fitting it all in. Here is a selection of major activities and experiences for delegates to enjoy.
Outdoor & Adventure Activities
Salamanca Place & Salamanca Market
Salamanca Place is one of Hobart’s best known landmarks. Salamanca is the home to dozens of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, art galleries and the world famous Salamanca Market. Held every Saturday throughout the year the Salamanca Market brings Salamanca Place to life. With over 300 stallholders, showcasing fresh gourmet produce, original handmade Tasmanian pieces of woodwork, jewellery, glassware, ceramics and fashion pieces, the Salamanca Market is a celebration of Tasmania’s unique culture, creative artisans, talented musicians and diverse producers.
Mt Wellington - kunanyi
Visit stunning Mount Wellington, known to Tasmanians as “The Mountain”. The summit is only a 21km drive from Hobart’s CBD. Take in the breathtaking views of Hobart, the Derwent River and the distant mountain ranges of the southwest from the observation desk located on top of Mt Wellington (kunanyi). Adventurous delegates can take a minibus tour up the mountain then descend down the mountain on mountain bikes, observing the subalpine terrain being replaced by magnificent lush forest, all the way back to Hobart’s waterfront.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Bonorong is a wildlife sanctuary specialising in the care and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife while giving you an up close and personal experience. Bonorong has one of the largest mobs of friendly, free ranging kangaroos and wallabies; you can meet them all by hand feeding them.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is Tasmania’s leading ecotourism operator. Founded in 1999, the multi award winning company operates Bruny Island Cruises, Tasman Island Cruises, Bruny Island Traveller and Tasmanian Seafood Seduction, showcasing Tasmania’s unforgettable wilderness. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys can tailor a tour to suit your needs.
Food & Wine Experiences
Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed
The Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed is a new venue on a 15,000 acre working farm. The ‘shed’ overlooks the vineyard and clear waters of the Tasman Peninsular. The venue has been carefully designed to reflect the character and warmth of a traditional Tasmanian farm building. Specialising in wine and oysters, the menu also features abalone, Tasmanian seafood’s, cheeses, beef dishes from Bangor raised beef.
Barilla Bay Oyster Farm
Barilla Bay Oysters are grown and harvested in Australia’s premium shellfish growing environment and the delicate taste and texture of Barilla Bay Oysters reflect the natural quality of the water in which they are grown. Located only 5 minutes away from the Hobart airport, and on the way to the Tasman Peninsula, enjoy a personalised Oyster Farm Tour and delicious lunch at Barilla Bay.
Drink Tasmania tours gives you the opportunity to visit 3-4 distilleries in a single day, to taste up to ten Tasmanian single malt whiskies, to meet the whisky makers and to go behind the scenes of the distillation process. All while being guided and driven through spectacular Tasmanian landscapes from the Derwent Valley to the Central Highlands to the Tasman Peninsula. Seven of the nine distilleries are in Southern Tasmanian and on each tour you will have the opportunity to visit the estates, tour the distilleries and enjoy an inclusive picnic lunch of seasonal local Tasmanian produce
Lark Distillery was the first licensed distillery in Tasmania since 1839. It was established in 1992 to produce Australian malt whisky, rich in character with a big finish using Tasmanian ingredients. Join the Lark team at the cellar door, located on the Hobart waterfront for an exploration of the world of single malt whiskey or enter a world of peat smoke and passion on a whiskey tour. Whiskey tours are tailored to allow for varying time availability; tours are available in 1-2 day packages.
Art & Cultural Experiences
MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
Immerse yourself in ‘Adult Disneyland’ at MONA! Spend either a half or full day visiting Mona. Visit the contemporary art gallery, enjoy a winery tour and tasting at Moorilla Wines, enjoy a pint of Moo Brew beer in the Mona Wine Bar, treat yourself to a degustation lunch/dinner at The Source Restaurant or a casual bite at the Mona Café. For the true Mona experience guests are encouraged to arrive via the Mona Roma Ferry that departs from Brooke St Pier on Hobart’s waterfront and departs several times throughout the day.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The second oldest museum in Australia, TMAG has its origins in the country’s oldest scientific collection, established by the Royal Society of Tasmania in1843. In 2013, the museum underwent redevelopment and now includes over 2000 square metres of new public and exhibition spaces, a centralised visitor hub and a new courtyard café.
Port Arthur Historic Site
The Port Arthur experience is unforgettable. Just one and half hours’ drive from Hobart, a visit to Port Arthur Historic Site is an iconic heritage experience. The Port Arthur Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes dating from the prisons establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time around 12,500 convicts served sentences. Visitors can experience guided walks, harbour cruises, museum and interpretation gallery and for the brave hearted, a visit to the Isle of the Dead or an evening ghost tour.
Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum
Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum is located on Hobart’s waterfront. The museum is a full-scale replica of the historic hut used by Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition in 1911–1914. Inside it is 100% authentic, right down to the matches, stove and bunks. The museum provides an intimate glimpse of how the men lived and worked in such confined conditions, providing tourists with an important link to Australia Antarctic history.