Touring Tasmania: Hobart – Part Two – A Visit to MONA

Following on from our first day in Hobart. We woke up to another clear day with plans to explore further. First up was breakfast of course, and we walked across the road again to a cafe opposite one of the wharves. We were staying in the wonderful Grand Chancellor as I mentioned before and they did serve a very fancy buffet, but we didn’t want to spend too long over breakfast as they day was fast disappearing.

Our first stop was a walk to Battery Point and then onto Wrest Point Casino. This was a good 45 minute walk with steep hills along the way!

We had a quick pit stop in the casino, so glad we weren’t staying there. For strict gamblers only.

Battery Point was established in 1880 and still retains the winding streets and colonial architecture. There were some beautiful seafarer’s cottages around.

Fancy that! Errol Flynn was born in Hobart, near Battery Point.

Below some amazing sculptures that can be found all around the wharves


No visit to Hobart is complete without a trip to MONA – Museum of Old and New Art. It is situated on the Berridale Peninsula and overlooking River Derwent. We took the MONA Ferry from Hobart for a very relaxing river trip to MONA. We didn’t have enough time to go inside but the outside is still worth seeing, and we had lunch at the Moorilla Wine Bar.


The ferry is decorated with all sorts of artwork and sculptures on board and also has two bars and a fantastic upper deck. There is also the “Posh Pit” which is that much more expensive, but you get to sit up front with free drinks and nibbles. The journey is only 30 minutes though so not sure how much can you drink in that time!

Arriving at the ferry terminal at MONA you are confronted by 90 steps leading up to the museum, not for the fainthearted or mobility impaired as there is no lift.

Rusted metal cement truck

The Cathedral

A huge outdoor structure with very large benches

To appreciate this fantastic museum you would need at least a day here, there is just so much to see.

We caught the shuttle bus back into town and headed back to the hotel for a good rest before dinner.

Things to do in Hobart

Salamanca Market – Saturday only.

Battery Point

Mt. Wellington

Cascade Brewery tour – must pre-book


Boat trips to Bruny Island

Day trip to Port Arthur

Two or three days is a good amount of time to spend in Hobart to see most of the sights. The Hop on and off bus is a great way to see most things and if anything takes your fancy go back the following day.

With so many restaurants, cafes and pubs in Hobart, there is never a shortage of where to go and what to eat. We had a fabulous time here.

Next up – Port Arthur

Thanks for following our incredible road trip around Tasmania!


  1. Enjoyed your second day in Hobart and the ferry across to MONA Alison. The city looks very pleasant with all those interesting sculptures dotted around. Was it your first visit to Tasmania or had you been previously? Hope you have a good weekend, Marion

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  2. I really like those sculptures and MONA sounds amazing – just my sort of place from the look of it!

    I never knew Errol Flynn was born in Tasmania – in fact, I didn’t even know he was Australian. So that’s today’s bit of learning πŸ˜‰

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    • He spent most of his early life in Australia and to become such a big star from a small sleepy village was amazing.
      MONA is a must if you get to visit Hobart

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  3. So much to see there. I just loved those rusted trucks and carriages, and as for the sculptures, well, words fail me. I would love to visit there and spend time, as you say, too much to take in in one day. And what about that tall topiary in your first picture? Some clever clogs did that.

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