Home to just 500,000 people, the island of Tasmania is as intimate as it is beautiful. Its gorgeous capital city, Hobart, is home to one of the world's most intriguing art galleries, while northern Launceston is one of the few cities on the planet to be wrapped around a gorge. Drive anywhere in the island state and you can go from beach-lined coasts to World Heritage-listed mountain areas in just a few hours. Along the way you'll pass welcoming farm-gate producers, cellar doors and restaurants specialising in local produce so fresh it's the envy of the culinary world.
eat & play
HOBART AND EAST COAST
Part restaurant, part bar, Small-fry is known for its fresh and relaxed atmosphere and casual, fun food. Seated around a huge, steel-topped bar where chef Rhys Hannan cooks food right in front of you, Small-fry is the place to spend a lazy afternoon grazing through pork and venison sliders, beouf au jus or just grabbing a coffee from their street bar.
Take a cruise from Sullivan’s Cove, Hobart to experience this scenic bay and five star restaurant. This venue is available for weddings and events.
The Glass House
Think GLASS, crystal, light, ice. Decor is 1950s chic, Sputnik, white and bright and glowing in its prominence but with a dark underside. A premium dining bar featuring tapas style share plates that showcase Tasmania's quality seasonal ingredients.
A bar-cum-restaurant in an old Ford showroom (c. 1923) wedged between the former home of Hobart’s Mercury newspaper and a car park. The kitchen is smack-bang in the centre of the restaurant and is totally exposed, meaning Dave and his team prepare fine fare right before your eyes. Most of the cooking is done in a ten-tonne Scotch oven large enough to hold a small cow.
Fat Pig Farm
Owned by chef and author Matthew Evans and Sadie
Chestman. - a long table setting in a farm kitchen, a true paddock to plate experience. Allow time to wander throughout the garden. All ingredients are sourced from
within the farm itself. Toast your meal with specially matched beer, wine, cider and spirits from around Tasmania.
MONA - Museum of Old and New Art
Mona, The Museum of Old and New Art, opened in January 2011. It is Australia's largest private museum and houses a diverse private collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. This place is truly world-class.
The Golden Hour
Communal dining at Mona, brought to you by our Executive Chef Vince Trim. Soak up sunset courtesy of James Turrell's rooftop spectacular, Amarna, 2015, then retire to the Wine Bar for some top-notch tucker and flirty banter with the stranger on your left.
The Source Restaurant
The Source Restaurant takes its name from the John Olsen painting that hangs from the ceiling of the foyer. The focus is on seasonal local produce, presented according to the whim of Vince Trim (ha), our Executive Chef, and his team. Shared plates, fresh, uncomplicated food, and a lovely outlook over the museum grounds.
LAUNCESTON AND NORTH
Black Cow Bistro
Located in the historic art deco Luck's Butchery shop in Launceston, Tasmania, Black Cow is the latest venture brought to you by the Stillwater team. Showcasing premium dry aged, free range, grass fed Tasmanian beef are dishes are designed around fresh, local produce and served in a warm casual bistro style atmosphere.
Try the croque Monsieur with smoked ham, cheese and mustard (local tip is to add a fried egg) or the baked eggs with goats curd, onion marmalade and parsley
HOBART AND EAST COAST
Henry Jones Art Hotel
The Henry Jones is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel – and is itself a work of art. Standing on Hobart’s waterfront where Europeans first stepped ashore 200 years ago, the hotel has been transformed from a row of 1820s warehouses and a former jam factory into an enthralling first class space showcasing the work of Tasmania’s finest visual and performing artists.
Saffire Freycinet is a coastal sanctuary capturing the essence of Tasmania’s most sublime coastal region, the Freycinet Peninsula. The 20-suite retreat is located on the inside of a gentle curve of sandy coastline that joins the peninsula to mainland Tasmania.