One of Australia's most exciting cities offers cutting-edge art, astonishing food, and wineries just beyond the city's precincts
Located on the Hobart waterfront, the Henry Jones Art Hotel has more than 300 original and contemporary works from leading Tasmanian artists making a statement in a hotel with a hip design retaining a sense of the building’s history (it’s a former IXL jam factory that dates back to 1804). The 56 rooms and suites are modelled and sized differently and the digs to book are the superior harbour view rooms with views of Hobart and Mount Wellington. At Henry’s Restaurant the menu highlights regional produce, particularly on the meat front, while you’ll also fi nd a very good list of cheeses. Stop by IXL Long Bar for a cocktail before or after dinner (make ours the Hunter Island Iced Tea). The Henry Jones’ location also makes it ideal for visiting Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the largest privately funded museum in the nation that owner David Walsh describes as a “submissive adult Disneyland”. The ferry that takes you there departs a couple of minutes’ stroll away. Henry Jones Art Hotel, 25 Hunter St, Hobart 7000. 03 6210 7700. Rates: from $225.
The best restaurant in town is Garagistes, where you’ll find three- ($55pp) and five-course ($85pp) set menus matched with organic and biodynamic wines. Get there early, because reservations aren’t accepted, and be amazed by dishes like the Holy Goat ‘La Luna’ with toasted oat bread, honeycomb, dried leak and caraway salt, and wood-grilled king tiger prawns with eel dashi, shiitake, puffed wild rice and basil. 103 Murray St, Hobart 7000. 03 6231 0558. If you can’t score the table at Garagistes, head to Ethos where a progressive shared plate menu is chosen by the kitchen team.
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When heading out to MONA during summery months you can also visit the Moo Brewery and Moorilla Estate winery, on the premises. There’s a market on every Saturday that’s the best in Tassie. MONA, 655 Main Rd, Berriedale 7011. 03 6277 9900.