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Originally founded as a penal colony, Hobart, like Sydney, has shed the chains of its convict history. Today, the small Tasmanian island has some of the best restaurants, bars and cafés in all Australia – plus some cracking culture to boot.
With traditional industries enduring a sharp decline, tourism has risen up to take the slack and reinvigorate the island’s sluggish economy. In the past visitors trekked to Tasmania to enjoy its wilderness, including sweeping beaches, rainforests, thick bush-land and unique wildlife. That all changed in 2011 when multi-millionaire David Walsh opened the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
Once considered little more than your average backcountry town, Hobart is now decisively cool. In preparation for the city’s festival season, Time Out Hong Kong seeks out the best places to eat, drink and visit when in town.