Located opposite St David’s Park (near Hobart’s waterfront) and set back from the street down a hidden alley, you have to work hard to track down Hobart’s newest cocktail bar, Mary Mary. The late-night spot is set behind 1800s-era sandstone walls in Hobart’s old Lands and Survey department – the vault-like side doors lead to sister venue and hot new Italian eatery, Peppina. A short but serious cocktail menu is inspired by time and place – the French Arrival, a local take on a martini, is made with native vodka and garnished with a caper berry. Plenty of the building’s original features have been retained, plus the addition of some swanky russet-coloured leather sofas and four (four!) roaring fireplaces.
Many of Tasmania’s attractions are already well known throughout Australia. Visitor numbers at the Port Arthur Historic Site, Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay remain high whatever the weather (and in Tassie the weather can be challenging.) But many of the most interesting things to see and do on the island are kept a little quieter. You won’t find any of these places on a picture postcard, but every one of them is worth going out of your way to find, and when you get there it will almost certainly be quiet enough to enjoy.