With Hobart a compact city that's easy to get around, it is possible to pack plenty into a one-day visit. For those wanting to explore further afield, Hobart is surrounded by three easily-reached wine regions; the Derwent Valley to the north, Coal River Valley to the east and the Huon Valley to the south.
Hobart mornings start slowly but there is no better spot to watch the city come to life than from over breakfast at one of the many traditional cafes in and around Salamanca Place. The Retro Cafe, Tricycle Cafe, Zum and Machine Laundry Cafe are all popular with coffee-loving locals and offer outdoor seating on sunny days.
The floating Brooke Street Pier is the point of departure for ferries heading for both MONA and Peppermint Bay to the south. It is also a trendy shopping precinct where visitors can taste local delicacies, including sheep cheese from Grandvewe, salmon, trout and caviar from Huon Aquaculture, wines from Domaine Simha and gin from William McHenry.
Take the MONA ROMA ferry for a 30-minute cruise northwards to the iconic museum. Pay extra to sit in the” posh pit” section with an exclusive lounge, bar and private deck and complimentary Moorilla Wines and Moo Brew beers, canapes, pastries and antipasti. Then spend at least a couple of hours exploring MONA's unique quirkiness.
Head out for a vineyard lunch, either at MONA's own wine bar or The Source restaurant, or to The Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Wines, Frogmore Creek or Riversdale Estate (both in the Coal River Valley) or at Home Hill in the Huon. All offer excellent food and wine experiences showcasing local produce.
Explore the Hobart waterfront on foot, taking in the sights and sounds of the fishing fleet and pleasure craft, and maybe even getting up close and personal with a seal or two. If you feel like a snack then grab some fish and chips from a fish punt or popular takeaway Fish Frenzy. Then maybe take in a movie at the State Cinema.
Follow up a pre-dinner cocktail with views at The Glass House with dinner at Franklin, where chef David Moyle's menu is constantly changing, and challenging. Gourmet hipsters might opt for a laneway burger experience at The Standard, a session at hip and happening local eateries TQ on Elizabeth or the Westend Pumphouse.
Head for a post-dinner cocktail at one of Hobart's funkiest new addresses, the first-floor balcony and lounge at the budget Art Deco-inspired The Alabama Hotel, or splash out on a bottle of fine Tasmanian wine at the IXL Bar at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, still Hobart's best address. If you want to rock on, The Republic Bar in North Hobart is party central.