Hobart in a Day

Tucked away at the southern end of Australia’s southernmost state, Tasmania, is the island’s sleepy capital city, Hobart. The regrettably brief duration of my layover in Tasmania limited my ability to venture out beyond Hobart’s suburbs. I will definitely need to make a return trip to explore more of the island’s amazing natural offerings. That said, the day I spent in Hobart was a good primer on Tasmanian culture, giving me an opportunity to interact with laid back locals, and plenty of time to sample some of the region’s amazing cuisine.

Storm clouds partially obscure Mount Wellington, which rises up behind Hobart, but the city’s lights shine through the drizzle and are reflected off the Derwent River in Franklin Wharf.

Hobart Night
5-frame HDR @ 50mm, f/2, ISO 200

Zeppelin, a lobster pot-laden fishing boat rests at its mooring on one of the piers inside Franklin Wharf.

Hobart's Zeppelin
24mm @ 1/60, f/5, ISO 100

Criterion Street Café is a popular eatery in downtown Hobart that takes a fun (and tasty) approach to fresh, local cuisine made with organic ingredients.

Hobart Café
24mm @ 1/80, f/2.8, ISO 640

Criterion’s offerings include uniquely delightful dishes like these savory spring onion and potato pancakes with pulled pork, fried egg and chili jam. Yum!

Tasmanian Breakfast
40mm @ 1/40, f/2.8, ISO 200

Visitors to Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) view a standalone art installation that is separated by a triangular glass archway from the underground cavern where many of the museum’s other works are housed. MONA is Australia’s largest privately funded museum.

MONA's Arches
Mamiya 645 1000S, Fujichrome Provia 100F, RDP III

Salamanca Place near Hobart’s Battery Point, buzzes with activity during the midday lunch rush. The district is home to numerous shops, art houses and restaurants, and features a large, popular street market on Saturdays.

Salamanca Place
5-frame HDR @ 105mm, f/5.6, ISO 100

Homes rising up along the hillside behind downtown Hobart overlook the Derwent River.

Hobart Hillside
Mamiya 645 1000S, Fujichrome Velvia 50, RVP50

Foreboding industrial buildings lining the Derwent River near Derwent Park are actually indicators of a robust shipbuilding industry around the city, which is home to Incat Shipyard, a leading manufacturer of large catamarans.

Incat Shipyard
Mamiya 645 1000S, Fujichrome Provia 100F, RDP III

Fresh seafood is one of Hobart’s specialties, with the local raw oysters holding a special place of honor thanks to their crisp salinity and silky texture. They also pair particularly well with Tasmania’s criminally underrated wines, like this Derwent Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasmanian Oysters
105mm @ 1/200, f/8, ISO 400

Capitalizing on the persistently strong winds that blow across the region, a group of sailors take to the Derwent River on a cloudy day.

Sailing out of Hobart
70mm @ 1/800, f/5, ISO 100

Check all the high-resolution shots from my trip to Australia in my album on Flickr.

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