There has been much talk of the “Mona effect”, referring to the positive artistic, social and financial impact of David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art, but the newfound vibrancy and confidence of Hobart extends well beyond Mona’s sandstone walls. A thriving food and drink scene, along with festivals, markets and close proximity to some of the world’s most pristine wilderness have seen Hobart attracting record numbers of visitors from both Australia and overseas. With a population of just over 200,000, Hobart punches well above its weight in terms of attractions, but still maintains the friendly welcome and accessibility of a smaller city. Word of Hobart’s charms seems to be spreading fast, so it might pay to visit sooner rather than later.
Craft beer trail
Go to a gig
To market, to market
Friday evening in Hobart sees people flocking to food vans and local makers at the hugely popular Twilight Market, which operates at two locations: Long Beach in Sandy Bay and Macquarie Point in the centre of the city. Start with regular stallholders Spotty Dog Brewers who will set you up with a cold beer and an excellent pulled pork slider. On Saturday you can browse the stalls at Salamanca Market and find anything from second-hand books to locally produced honey, then on Sunday there’s the opportunity to shop for fresh, local produce at the Farm Gate market. If you’ve had a big Saturday night then make sure you find the Masaaki’s Sushi stall where the fresh ground wasabi will certainly clear your head.