Start your morning with a stroll along Hobart’s pretty working waterfront toward Salamanca Place, where rows of Georgian sandstone warehouses have been converted into galleries, theatres, restaurants and cutting-edge boutiques. On Saturday mornings you can wander around more than 300 stalls at the Salamanca Market (8.30am-3pm) for fresh local produce, handmade arts and crafts and antiques. Or browse the works of designers and artists at the Spacebar Gallery in Salamanca Arts Centre. Enjoy lunch at Smolt in Salamanca Square and dine on dishes such as Sicilian pork belly with blood orange and fennel salad or squid ink fettuccine with Southern calamari, grilled tiger prawns, Spring Bay mussels and white fish.
Leave two to three hours to explore the provocative collection at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Australia’s largest privately owned museum. The Mona ferry departs from Brooke Street Pier and takes roughly 25 minutes. The cavernous galleries are filled with controversial, thought-provoking works, and information and interviews with the artists is available via a free iPod touch for all visitors. Head back to Hobart for a waterfront dinner at Frank, dining on Argentinean-style dishes such as fire-roasted oysters, Southern calamari and charcoal-grilled meats. Afterwards catch a performance at the Theatre Royal, Australia’s longest-running theatre, or enjoy a tipple at Nant Whisky Bar + Kitchen in Salamanca. Rest your head at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, which is housed in a converted 19th century warehouse on Hobart’s waterfront.