Like Port Arthur, Hobart’s history begins with its creation as a penal colony but in contrast to the historic site, Tasmania’s capital is a vibrant and sophisticated city today. Though its population is just over 200,000, it has a lively food scene with restaurants helmed by leading chefs that draw both locals and visitors. Part of the appeal is surely the wine lists, which often feature selections from the Coal River Wine Region and other wine-growing areas on the island. Another way to taste the best of the island if you are in Hobart on a Saturday is at the popular market on Salamanca Place. While the market itself wraps up by around 3 p.m., the bars and restaurants in the area are buzzing till late in the evening.
If you are ready to let Pamela lead you to the highlights of Tasmania, visit AFAR Journeys for more details of her itinerary as well as other trips to Australia.