Sandy Bay is a suburb within walking distance to both Hobart's Central Business District and bustling harbour waterfront, encompassing the popular Salamanca Markets. It is a suburb rich in history whilst also enjoying modern conveniences, such as a vibrant cafe scene, as well as beautiful natural attractions. Renowned for its many large homes and spectacular views, only adds to its reputation as one of Hobart's most prestigious suburbs. No wonder then it is fast becoming an option for tourists, both local and interstate.
However, you don't always have to delve deep into your pockets to enjoy time at Sandy Bay. Here are my Top 5 activities to keep your visit "cheap and cheerful".
Located on the corner of Fitzroy Crescent and Digney Streets, this small but picturesque park is perfect for families to enjoy the gardens and burn off some of the kiddie's energy.
2.Long Beach and Nutgrove Beach.
Walk along Long Beach and Nutgrove Beaches, taking in both the salt air and the nefarious activities of the past. There is also a fenced, well equipped children's playground for the Little People.
3.Daci and Daci Bakers
Located at 11 Murray Street, Sandy Bay, this venue is open for 7 days a week for an all day breakfast. However, it was the quality and variety of the cakes cooked on the premises that kept me entertained. Have you ever window shopped and had to force yourself not to lick the windows?
4.Yachts and a Taste of Hollywood
Sandy Bay is home to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, a driving force behind the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. On Marieville Esplanade, you will find a small seaside reserve that apparently encouraged a young Errol Flynn to take the nautical adventures which led to his success during Hollywood's Golden Years.
The park is located next to the Sandy Bay Rowing Club, which means you can see a plethora of boats on the Derwent River. It also includes a fenced area containing children's playground equipment and barbeque and picnic huts.
5.Okay, I lied.......
Cafes abound and I did not experience a bad coffee during my stay in Sandy Bay. Treat yourself to a heart starter whilst trying to locate Mount Wellington, also known as Kunanyi, on a foggy morning. It's surprisingly good fun.