Things to do in Hobart
Within metres of Roxburgh’s front door, you will find a truly quirky collection of engaging small shops – probably the most interesting and authentic of all of Hobart’s shops. Local retailors’ message “Discover your feet in Elizabeth Street!” could not be more fitting for such a vibrant street.
One of Roxburgh House’s immediate neighbours, is The Guide Dogs Association, where puppy Guide Dogs are kept while waiting for their trainers. The Puppy Play Pen looks directly into Roxburgh House’s garden.
There’s more to Hobart than Mona!
In easy walking distance from Hobart CBD, you will find examples of fine colonial, Georgian, Victorian and Federation dwellings. Venturing just a bit further down to the end of Elizabeth Street, Salamanca Place houses art galleries of quality and range, plus quirky shops and numerous friendly bars.
From the glittering, new Princes Wharf Building, sample some local produce while waiting to catch the ferry to take you on a relaxing river cruise to famed MONA - the Museum of New and Old Art - further afield at Berriedale. MONA has become one of the art icons of the world and sets a new standard in how art can be experienced and interpreted.
Two blocks away visit the Old Hobart Courthouse and Gaol, scene of early public hangings in the convict era. The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Art and the better-known Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) house fabulous colonial and historic collections and are well worth visiting. Both are within minutes easy walking distance. Also next to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is the fascinating Maritime Museum for boat lovers.
Take in a play at the oldest theatre in Australia – The exquisite Theatre Royal or see local productions at The Playhouse. Live music can be found most evenings at pubs in nearby North Hobart and also at the “Best Little Pub in Town” – The Irish pub –The New Sydney, just one block around the corner in Bathurst Street. All are within an easy stroll of your Hobart Accommodation. The State Theatre in North Hobart screens arthouse movies, has great coffee and intimate theatres, and an excellent bookshop.
Hunter Street, the site of Hobart’s early settlement (on the other side of the port to Salamanca) has intriguing nooks and crannies, some good coffee shops, galleries plus the University’s Tasmania College of the Arts. There is no shortage of things to do in Hobart.
The Foodie Experience
On the doorstep in the immediate vicinity, choose from some excellent coffee shops and eateries – including Basket and Green opposite – which has a welcoming and cosy atmosphere and a range of healthy light meals and snacks all day. A few doors down is Island Expresso – voted by the phone app BeanHunter as top Café in 2013 and currently #7 in Hobart. At 100 Elizabeth Street, Etties has two great bars and a relaxed “foodie” restaurant – In front Providore –is a small food bar store featuring plate to paddock, and Vitas with its healthy alternatives and smoothie drinks and healthy food dairy offerings in a wonderful range. Lots of small ethnic and eateries abound in this strip, The Stagg and The Quartermaster for example. Urban Greek restaurant around the corner in Murray Street is perennially popular and hard to get into especially on weekends.
A little further away - Enjoy choosing from a wide range of Hobart’s many cafes and restaurants– both waterfront and North Hobart restaurants and cafes are within 10 minute’s walk of Hobart CBD. Try Mures or the fishpunts on Hobart’s waterfront for the freshest seafood delights. The Glass House has a magical waterfront setting and the newly opened Maq1 hotel has a relaxed yet formal waterside restaurant and bars. Just opened, Frogmore in the Maq1 complex is a high end gourmet experience. The traditional restaurant strip at Salamanca Place encompasses several long-standing stalwarts of the Hobart scene – among them notably Maldines and Blue Eye. Small intimate bars abound on the waterfront.
For a colourful review on all things foodie click here for Chrissy Matheson's blog.
Further Afield - Tasmanian Attractions
Hobart, Tasmania is an intriguing blend of heritage and maritime environments - From the Waterfront, hail a water taxi or take a high-speed ferry or a replica sailing vessel on a harbour cruise for the best vantage point to appreciate Hobart’s maritime nature. Hire the ex-Sydney to Hobart cruiser-racer Helsel IV on a short harbour outing or take a more extended sail up the East Coast or down South with a full crew to make it an experience to remember.
Take a trip to the top of Mount Wellington for a 'wilderness experience' and an awesome view - brave individuals can cycle down for an unforgettable thrill!Or get a brochure from the Travel Centre on walks on the mountain and enjoy one of the simple pleasures that many Hobartians love – fresh air, magic views and wilderness on the doorstep of a city. Always take a coat though! Mount Nelson Coffee Shop offers breathtaking vistas of Hobart from inside the glass (or outside in the garden on warmer days.)
Last, but not least don't miss The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – a relaxing place to while away an hour or two. Once the garden featured on the ABC Gardening Show where gardening guru Peter Cundall broadcast his renowned segment “Pete’s Veggie Patch“ from. Don’t miss the historic heated wall dating back to colonial days, and the reputedly oldest wisteria tree in Tasmania and the myriad of other features and gorgeous plants and trees too numerous to mention.
Specialist shops near Roxburgh House
- Tasmania’s Oldest Music Shop
- McCann’s plus smaller music shops eg Tommy Gun Records, offering vintage vinyls, and Soldas – Rare Groove Records
- CWA’s wonderful craft and homemade goodies shop
- Lily and Dot - children and babies specialist
- Dance Junction for budding ballerinas
- Country Leather goods
- Enwrapt with heavenly fragrance candles and goodies
Click on the image to view the Midtown shopping brochure.
Wagner’s Framing Studio over the road is home to one of Hobart’s most popular current day exhibiting artists – Luke Wagner- who also stocks discerning articles for interiors - especially gorgeous are the mirrors.
Then with the larger shops of;
- Freedom Home Wares
- Barbecues Galore
- Carpet Choice
- Harvey Norman
- K and D also on your doorstep– it would be easily possible to refurbish and redecorate your home whilst on holiday in Hobart at Roxburgh House!