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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published September 3rd 2014
The posh way to arrive at MONA

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.

While they can drop you around the corner if you are frail there are 99 steps up to Mona from the ferry landing

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 canapés 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!

Petit Fours - there was one more we ate it before remembering we had to take a photo
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Why? Because it is actually worth the money
When: First ferry leaves Hobart at 9.30 am and the last ferry leaves MONA at 5pm
Phone: Phone bookings 03 6223 6064
Where: Derwent River Hobart
Cost: $50 including refreshments
Your Comment
I recently travelled in style over to Mona Posh Pit Style,very nice,but couldnt drink enough in the short time to get there. But should upgrade and give it a try
you only live once
by pamel (score: 1|11) 3069 days ago
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