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What to Do and Where to Stay Within an Hour of Hobart

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published February 20th 2018
The G8 group of friends were at it again visiting Tasmania to see what else we could see and do while down there for a few days. Previously we had stayed at the Lenna of Hobart and used this as our base to discover what Hobart and its surrounds had on offer.

Our accommodation at the Oyster Cove Chalet for 3 nights. Image by Gary Brown

We had a couple of pre dinner drinks at the bar while staying at the Lenna of Hobart. Image by Gary Brown

This time we decided to stay three nights at the Oyster Cove Chalet, with our final night back at the Lenna of Hobart. This would give us around a four-minute drive from Oyster Bay to Kettering, the jumping off point to Bruny Island, where we would spend a day exploring as much as we could. Finally, we could spend a night, plus a day and a half back in Hobart before we flew back to Sydney.

Our transport for the few days in Tassie. Image by Gary Brown

To help us get around we hired a Kia Carnival from Thrifty Hire at the airport. The car had plenty of room for the seven of us plus our luggage and it was quite easy to drive once you got used to the couple of blind spots.

One word of advice is that if you are an NRMA member make sure that you mention you can get 15% of the car hire, plus the cost for the additional driver is free.

Our first port of call was our accommodation at the Oyster Cove Chalet where we were greeted by our hosts Guy and Anna. Set on seven acres and just 4 minutes from Kettering Ferry Terminal, the 4 self-contained rooms are nestled among the natural garden of gum trees, wattle trees, eucalyptus, banksia and much more.

The verandah at the Oyster Cove Chalet was a quite place to chill out and look for the wildlife. Image by Gary Brown

Our time here was spent walking various trails on the property, sitting on the deck spotting the wild life, having a drink and nibbles before going out, and just generally chilling out. Whether you are a couple or a group of friends I would recommend that you check out their website as they spoilt us rotten with local tasting plates and freshly homemade bread.

The main reason we went back to Tasmania was to visit the Fat Pig Farm for the Friday Feast. The farm is about an hour south of Hobart in the Huon Valley, not far from Cygnet and Huonville. The Fat Pig Farm is a working family farm, which is only open on most weeks for Friday Feasts and cooking workshops run by Matthew Evans and Sadie Chrestman.

Matthew getting ready for our long lunch at the Fat Pig Farm. Image by Gary Brown

A local keeping an eye on the fat pigs at the farm. Image by Gary Brown

Matthew showing us around the farm during one of our many courses. Image by Gary Brown

You can't just rock up to The Fat Pig. You need to check out their website to see when their next lunch will be running: we had to book two months ahead. 85% of the food is produced on the farm and the lunch we had was great. You also get a tour of the farm to see how it operates.

It doesn't take long to get over and back to Bruny Island on the ferry. Image by Gary Brown

While down that way we took the ferry over to Bruny Island and went on a 3-hour cruise on the Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise along the spectacular coastline of the South Bruny National Park. This was simply amazing and the weather and sea conditions were perfect. If you are ever in Tassie it would be one that you would put on your bucket list of things to do.

The Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise is a must. Image by Gary Brown

The gang all ready and RED to go on our 3-hour cruise. Image by Gary Brown

Everywhere you look you can see a seal and they are all males. Image by Gary Brown

We also spent the rest of the day touring Bruny Island checking out Bruny Island Oysters, the Bruny Island Chocolate Company and Bruny Island Cheese Factory.

If you are after a very good country meal with a great view I would suggest that you check out the Oyster Cove Inn and the café at the Bruny Island Ferry. The food was brilliant and the service was excellent.

Check out the view from the Oyster Cove Inn at Kettering.Image by Gary Brown

Back in Hobart at the Lenna of Hobart we took the time to walk around Constitution Dock to check out more cafes and restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Places to try would be the Retro Café, Rendezvous, Daci and Daci Bakers and the Peacock and Jones in Hunter Street.

Great pastry at Daci and Daci Bakers in Hobart. Image by Gary Brown

Try the yummy breakfast at the Retro Cafe. Image by Gary Brown

Another place to try for breakfast or lunch is the Renezvous in Hobart. Image by Gary Brown

Having a bit of time up our hand before we had to fly back to Sydney we took a drive out to the historic township of Richmond to check out the many shops, cafes, pubs and the bridge. There was so much to see and do here we needed more than a few hours to see everything.

Take a horse and cart ride around Richmond. Image by Gary Brown.

The Historic Richmond bridge that was built in 1823. Image by Gary Brown

Other things you can do while in Hobart are to visit Salamanca Markets, Salamanca Arts Centre and MONA.

Is that my new boat park at the dock in Hobart? I wish. Image by Gary Brown

The Salamanca Arts Centre is worth a look. Image by Gary Brown

The Mona not only has great art. It also has great food. Image by Gary Brown

Looking for somewhere to go, stay, explore, eat and drink? Then you should start planning your next trip to Hobart, Tasmania, as there is so much to see and do within an hour of the city.
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Where: Within an hour of Hobart
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