A new year at UTas sees the arrival of many new and returning students from different backgrounds. While some students may know Tasmania like the back of their hand, there are many others who are unfamiliar with our little island.
In order to help you go from the unknown to the known, I’ve asked my friend Esther Kerr, and born-and-bred Tasmanian, to give you some suggestions on where you might like to visit, dine or relax around the state.
Restaurants in Hobart:
- Smolt in Salamanca. Esther celebrated a friend’s eighteenth birthday here in 2013, and she says the atmosphere was buzzing. The waiters are friendly and efficient, and the food is delicious.
- The West End Pump House. With an art-deco and edgy interior, as well as its small menu that shows its creative flair with zesty and fresh products, this restaurant is the perfect place for brunch! Katy Perry also dined here in 2014 – do we need to say more?
- The Shamrock. One of Hobart’s classic Irish-themed pubs, it caters to the average student budget. With its $10 steaks, cold beer, and the best hot chips in town, The Shamrock is the best restaurant of its kind! It’s also perfect for watching football on the big screen.
Places to relax in the Hobart area:
- Parliament Lawns. The lively Salamanca Market creates the perfect atmosphere at the nearby Parliament Lawns on a Saturday. If you need a break from shopping, or if you simply wish to enjoy the sunshine, the Parliament Lawns is the perfect place to relax.
- Sandy Bay Beach. If you want to have a walk in the sun, the boardwalk that runs along Sandy Bay Beach would be perfect. The beach is the best place to spend a hot day, with a great wood fire pizza should you need a snack.
- The Royal Botanical Gardens. This beautiful sanctuary, a five-minute drive from the Hobart CBD, is a perfect place to relax or to have a picnic. Be sure to take a walk through the grounds to admire the gorgeous flowers and plants. There are many events that take place at the Gardens too, like outdoor theatre performances, concerts, and exhibitions.
Places to visit around Tasmania:
- The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). A must-see destination that quickly made its mark as one of Tasmania’s landmark cultural centres, as well as our biggest tourism hotspot. There’s a couple of new exhibitions on at MONA at the moment: “On the Origin of Art”, which concludes on 17th April; and “Hound in the Hunt”, which started in July last year. So go for a visit and make sure to keep your eyes and mind open.
- Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula. Be sure to get down to Port Arthur and study our convict past. Enjoy the pleasant scenery on your way down, and be sure to stop at Eaglehawk Neck, the Tessellated Pavement, the Sea Cliff Lookout, and the blow-hole – these places are simply breathtaking!
- The Huon Valley. If you like apples, this is the place for you. Fresh produce and a tranquil atmosphere is the Huon Valley’s strongest point. For adrenalin junkies, you can take a jet-boat ride down the Franklin River as well! It’s a quiet and peaceful place, with amazing scenery.