Hobart is the second oldest capital city in Australia, only after Sydney and by less than 20 years. The city has preserved many of the Georgian and Victorian buildings built after Hobart was established first as a penal colony. The temperate climate makes the city an ideal getaway destination year round with snow rarely reaching the city, but often dusting Mount Wellington and making for some wintery snaps.
Local and artisan produce is part of the culture of Hobart. The Salamanca Markets are held every Saturday in Salamanca Place nearby Battery Point. With more than 300 stalls filled with clothes and accessories, arts and crafts, and food and beverages, you can spend all day wandering through and deciding between souvenirs.
Drive outside of the city for rolling country roads set among the hills and green landscapes of southern Tasmania. Follow the Channel Highway (B68) along the coast of North West Bay to Kettering. Here the ferry can take you to Bruny Island. Taste the smorgasbord of local produce at the cheese factory, oyster farm, vineyard, and smokehouse. Tour around to see the Cape Bruny Lighthouse and the art gallery, and see the native wildlife, many species of which are rare or endangered.
Back on the mainland of Tasmania, keep driving along the Channel Highway and around the peninsula. For a bit of novelty value, head to Eggs and Bacon Bay situated on the Huon River. The bay is quite beautiful and looks across to the Hartz Moutain National Park.
The drive north and back around to Hobart passes through Cygnet and Huonville. The Cygnet and Huonville markets are held fortnightly on Sundays, showcasing local produce such as fresh pressed apple juice and honey. The scenery could not be more idyllic, nestled in to the Huon Valley.
If you want to stay away from the city for a little bit longer, head back south on the other side of the valley to the Hartz Mountain National Park. Get lost (not really) in the wilderness of the remote mountain range. The glacial Lake Osbourne is a good day walk, and the longer trek to Hartz Peak is only for experienced walkers but rewards with a view from the highest point over Tasmania's southwest.
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