Posh Pit on MONA Ferry

Posh Pit on MONA Ferry


Posted 2014-09-04 by Nadine Cresswell-Myattfollow

Everyone knows about MONA, the fabulous privately owned art gallery in Hobart that defies all previous notions of what a gallery is supposed to be like.

It is not snobby or particularly cultured. It is an adventure.

Lots of dark turns in corridors and exciting spaces. Lots of contemporary art in all kinds of mediums. It is what owner (the eccentric and millionaire David Walsh) describes as "a subversive Disney World for adults."

Like lots of people we came over from Melbourne just to see it and weren't in the least bit disappointed.

But because it was a special trip we also decided to arrive in style.

If the truth be known we could have walked from the caravan park ( Treasure Island) we were staying at but instead we got the bus into town and took the MONA Roma catamaran down the Derwent.

We had decided to throw some real money into this adventure. Given we had come especially. You see there are two prices for the boat tickets.

You can pay $20 for a return ticket (the journey takes about half an hour) or you can pay what seems the exorbitant price of $50 a person and travel in style in the Posh Pit.

I'd done my research and it seemed like the Posh Pit was probably worth the extra for what you got. And that turned out to be well and truly the case.

The Posh Pit has its own dedicated bar and luxurious leather seating.

We had two young men waiting on us. They were dressed in grey overalls so there was a feeling of being in that old 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy.

All our drinks were included in the package and there were some fine wines from Moorilla and craft beers from Moo Brew.

They young men kept a watchful eye on our glasses and drinks were topped up all the way. And it was done in such a jolly way.
"More Bubbles?" And I would hold up my glass to receive.

That Praxis Sparkling Riesling which retails for $28 a bottle just kept on coming.

We were also served a plate of delectable canap├ęs as photographed above.

On the way back it was more wine or hot drinks (or both) supplied with a plate of petit fours.

So was the extra $30 worth it? Yes, decidedly, because we were full when we got there and didn't need to spend any extra on food while we were there.

And as mentioned there was also food on the way back.

You could also show your posh ticket at the Moorilla winery which is onsite at Mona and have free tastings of more fine wine. (This would normally cost $10).

The posh pit is restricted to 20 people so is also luxuriously roomy. And they do keep pouring the wine even when you are nearing the dock. I certainly got my money's worth. "Bubbles Madam?" Yes please!

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