Sunday, August 6, 2017

42 Hours In Hobart

It's hardly news that I love travelling, so when Jetstar got all cute with their cheap flights around Australia I bit the bullet and booked a solo trip to Hobart. I'd always wanted to go to Tasmania because everyone says it's just like Scotland (it totally is, especially in winter haha) and I miss my old Edinburgh home often. Thanks to only just starting a new job though I couldn't exactly take a week off (plus I've heard you can see the entire island of Tasmania in a week so knew I wouldn't need it) so I ended up being there for exactly 42 hours and decided to make the most of it. So here we go, how to spend a weekend in Hobart and all the things you should see in the charming city!



1:00pm: Arrive (because you booked the cheapest flight possible)
2:00pm: Skip checking in at your hotel and head to the Salamanca Markets because they close in an hour.
2:15pm: Smash a couple oysters that are so fresh and fantastic you want to wear the shells as earrings.
2:30pm: Hop on the Mona Roma ferry to the museum.
3:00pm: Arrive at Mona and dive into the intenseness that is probably one of the best museums in the world. 

5:00pm: Hop on the ferry back and grab a wine from the on board bar because why not.
5:30pm: Finally check in.
6:30pm: Head out to find dinner and a drink.
7:00pm: Despair over lack of comfortable options for solo travellers.
7:15pm: Stumble upon bar of dreams (The Quartermasters Arms) with welcoming and cute bartender who promises you won't feel awkward being alone.
7:30pm: Relax in front of the fire with delicious local beer and eggplant chips (don't knock 'em until you've tried them!)
8:00pm: Consume more beer and consider moving in because this is the best bar you've ever been to.
9:00pm: Decide they probably don't want you to and head home.
9:15pm: Shower and set alarm because you're an adult.
10:00pm: Attempt to sleep through bogan couple fighting.
11:00pm: Finally fall asleep.



6:30am: Wake up and eat squeezey overnight oats that you're ashamed to find delicious because it's like eating baby food.
7:30am: Get picked up by Tours To Go for a day exploring Wine Glass Bay and Freycinet National Park (10/10 recommend these guys! Super chill, a lot of people around my age (no offence to kids but nah) and very knowledgeable... also cheapest hahaha) 
9:30am: Quick stop to play with Paddymelon wallabies which are the cutest things in the world.
11:00am: Dine on local speciality, curry and scallop pie and grab a coffee to go.
12:50pm: Start hiking to Wine Glass Bay and become pleasantly surprised by your fitness levels.
1:30pm: Photo op x 1000



2:00pm: Head to Honeymoon Bay and see seals SO close you could jump in and touch them if it wasn't the middle of winter.
2:30pm: Drive up to Cape Tourville and look at The Nuggets (lol) and more seals. 
3:00pm: Get one cheeky extra stop at Friendly's Beach and be blown away by how white the sand is and how magical Tasmania is.

4:00pm: Very important snack stop.
4:30pm: Start driving back to Hobart.
4:33pm: Fall asleep.
7:00pm: Arrive back in town and decide you can't go one more minute without dumplings.
7:30pm: Convince another girl on your trip this is imperative too and consume mass dumplings together.
8:30pm: Have a red wine at the hotel in front of the fire.
9:00pm: Shower and spot fighting couple. 
9:01pm: Give them side eye.
10:00pm: Bed time to the blissful silence of a couple who have either broken up or realise they're both idiots.



5:30am: Head to the airport.
6:30am: Arrive 90 minutes early for your flight and wonder how on earth that happened.
7:00am: Spot a Swiss guy from your tour yesterday and chat about shared wanderlust over coffee.
8:00am: Fly out of Hobart, promising you'll be back. 


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