Hobart: 24-hour itinerary

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Victoria Dock, Hobart. (Photo: Richard Cummins  / Lonely Planet Images)
Victoria Dock, Hobart.
Only got one precious day to explore Tasmania? It's not really enough, but you'd be surprised how many activities you can squeeze in.

5pm Friday

Friday nights are for relaxing, and an evening spent at the pubs on the Hobart waterfront is an excellent way to ease yourself into your holiday. The locals are unwinding after a long week, and there's a relaxed air. Call into Fish Frenzy on the waterfront for equally laid-back fish and chips for dinner.

If you can, catch a show at Salamanca's unique Peacock Theatre, a quirky little venue cut into the side of the quarry. The best way to finish off a Friday in Hobart is with a quiet glass of Tasmanian Pinot at The Lower House.

9am Saturday

Saturday morning at Salamanca Market is when you'll get the full Hobart experience. Organic home-made treats sit alongside hand-woven silk scarves and leather handbags, watercolour art jostles for attention with buskers and racks of vintage clothes, all to the beat of a South American band who have been regulars for as long as I can remember. Hungry? Your spare change will buy a bratwurst sausage as big as your forearm. The markets are open late into the afternoon, but get there early for the best atmosphere.

11am

For a different angle on Hobart, jump in the car and head straight up Macquarie Street; it will lead all the way to the pinnacle of Mount Wellington. Ordinarily the best way for the adventurous to get to the top is to take one of the hundreds of walking tracks, but to save time your car is the best method. In only 20 minutes you can be standing at the top taking in the incredible 360-degree views.

12pm

Hit the Southern Outlet, heading south about 40 minutes to spectacular Peppermint Bay. This picturesque drive is much better (and cheaper) than the much-advertised luxury cruises that leave from Hobart. Pair a meal from the Terrace Bar with a frosty Tasmanian beer and enjoy the sunshine.

2pm

Only a kilometre or two down the road is Grandvewe Cheeses, an organic farm producing cheeses on-site, making for an educational visit as well as a gastronomic delight. If you're travelling with kids, they'll love participating in the sheep milking, and seeing the baby lambs in spring.

3.30pm

On the way back towards civilisation, stop off at Snug. There's a quick amble through the forest on a narrow track until you happen upon the awe-inspiring Snug Falls — it's the sort of scenery Tasmania is famous for, so don't forget your camera!

4.30pm

Make your way back to Hobart via Taroona, and see the famous (and very interesting) Shot Tower. If you've got the energy, climb the 300-odd steps to the very top.

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