Casino Rooftop Bar Hobart

Rooftop bars never get old. When the sun's out and there's a reason to celebrate, it's hard to imagine a better setting for hitting the party zone (or keeping it civilised and sophisticated) than one o the many rooftop bars you'll find in cities around Australia. Find a space for your group of friends, or hire out the entire bar for a cocktail party under the stars. Rooftop bars can make great. I was superrrrrrrrrr stoked to see that there was a rooftop bar/lounge on Fremont St. When I was walking by, during my first visit here. Last weekend I was able to actually visit The Roof and I'm absolutely NOT impressed, it's actually quite sad because this place has SO much potential with its location and hello- rooftop bar (enough said)! HOBART’s first rooftop restaurant and lounge bar is set to swing open its doors for the first time today. Located on the 12th and top floor of the Crown Plaza hotel, Aura offers panoramic views. Crowne Plaza Hobart. Rising tall from the centre of Hobart, the 235 rooms at the new 12-level Crowne Plaza Hobart have unusual CBD views - choose mountain or water. Dine above the city at The Deck, or head for the heights of Aura, Hobart's first rooftop bar, due to open in late November. Bruny Island Coastal Retreats.

Take the vibrancy of a capital city, add stellar bush walks and beaches, and start planning your next getaway.

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Forage and feast

Head to the forest and beaches on seasonal foraging tours with Sirocco South. Wild produce might include springtime asparagus, autumn mushrooms and, in summer, bower spinach, seaweeds and sea urchins. Your harvest is then turned into a six-course lunch by owner Mic Giuliani and matched with Bream Creek Vineyard wines.

'Tasmania offers immersive seasonal foraging unlike anywhere else.”
Mic Giuliani, Sirocco South

Three Capes Track

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Three Capes Track

Heady heights are grounding on this four-day Tasman Peninsula hike across the tops of Australia's highest sea cliffs. Walk it in style on the guided Three Capes Lodge Walk, complete with spa treatments and private lodges. Or DIY – staying in the most stylish public huts in the country.

Walk on kunanyi

From almost anywhere in Hobart, the familiar heft of kunanyi/Mount Wellington dominates the horizon, and it’s a favourite playground of Hobartians. Local tour operator Walk on kunanyi explores the secret history and beauty spots of the mountain on a series of walks, including Sea to Summit, starting at the harbourfront in the morning and rising to the mountain’s full height of 1271 metres a few hours later.

Par Avion

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Par Avion Wilderness Tours, Bathurst Harbour Prb pro boat blackjack catamaran brushless rtr by toy boat 24.

Walking in Tasmania's remote Southwest Wilderness is rewarding, but it comes more easily on a flight experience with Par Avion. Fly south west to Melaleuca, then explore Bathurst Harbour and the Bathurst Narrows by boat on the Southwest Wilderness Experience day trip. Or go the full wilderness baptism with a three-day stay at Par Avion's private waterside camp on the shore of Bathurst Harbour.

Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania

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On the bank of the Huon River in Franklin, the Wooden Boat Centre preserves the traditional art of handcrafting timber boats. Take a 45-minute tour of the workshop, watching students and shipwrights building boats, or join one of the centre's courses to build your own. Courses run as short as a week, crafting an Inuit kayak or timber oars and spars.

'Travelling slowly, we get to watch eagles soar, hear waves crashing and relax on deserted beaches.' Reg Grundy, Roaring 40s Kayaking

Kayaking

Graham Freeman

Roaring 40s Kayaking, Bathurst Harbour

Tasmania's rugged edges are best explored by kayak. Southern Sea Ventures runs four-day trips riding the Southern Ocean along the cliff-lined shores of Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula. With Roaring 40s Kayaking, it's total immersion in the Southwest Wilderness on an eight-day expedition paddle in Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. 'Travelling slowly, we get to watch eagles soar, hear waves crashing and relax on deserted beaches,' says Roaring 40s owner Reg Grundy. 'And the air is so fresh – it last blew over land in Chile, 8000 kilometres away.'

Stay

Moss

Supplied courtesy Moss Hotel

Moss Hotel

Now spanning two Georgian warehouses on Salamanca Place, chic Moss is a happy paradox of central and secluded. Behind the sandstone facades, Moss is Hobartian to its Georgian boot straps: the three-level living wall is lined with thousands of native Tasmanian plants, while the views from guestrooms overlook the bustling market on Saturdays.

Crowne Plaza Hobart

Rising tall from the centre of Hobart, the 235 rooms at the new 12-level Crowne Plaza Hobart have unusual CBD views - choose mountain or water. Dine above the city at The Deck, or head for the heights of Aura, Hobart's first rooftop bar, due to open in late November.

Bruny Island Coastal Retreats

Choose from nine distinctive properties dotted across South Bruny Island. They include the rustic timber Bruny Island Lodge, with walls that peel back for open-air living and a chip-and-putt golf course, cinematic views from the glass-wrapped and contemporary Cloudy Bay Beach House, and a waterside fisherman's cottage at Taylors Bay.

Explorers Lodge B&B

Go upstream and upmarket at the new Explorers Lodge B&B bringing Hamptons styling to historic New Norfolk, 30 minutes’ drive from Hobart in the Derwent Valley. With four guestrooms and two self-contained apartments, it's a place to relax: in the sunroom's rocking chair or daybed, on the deck with river views, or in the tranquil gardens and orchard.

Villa Talia

Step onto the wraparound veranda at the Villa Talia, open the complimentary bubbly and take in views of the Hartz Mountains and the Huon River. The house sits on three hectares about 10 minutes’ drive from Cygnet, amid orchards and fields of cattle.

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Tinderbox Retreat

Perched high on the Tinderbox Peninsula, the Tinderbox Retreat is a short 20 minutes' drive from Hobart - and yet so happily far away. There are views across the River Derwent from every room, along with a private gym and sauna, outdoor spa, fully equipped chef's kitchen and Tesla car charger.

Coming up

Vibe Hotel Hobart has transformed the city’s skyline, and the 142-room hotel on Argyle Street is due to open in late 2020. Also well underway in Hobart is Australia’s first Movenpick hotel. Meanwhile, in Parliament Square, The Tasman is taking shape behind a carefully restored sandstone façade. Hobart’s new five-star property, Marriott’s first luxury collection hotel in Australia, is due to open by mid 2021.

Eat and drink

New in Oatlands

In a virtual blink, the heritage town of Oatlands has gone gourmet. The Imbibers wine bar, in an atmospheric former dispensary, serves wine, spirits and beer produced within 60 kilometres of town, along with platters of local produce, while the Kentish Hotel has reopened after seven years as a bakery - stay tuned for its new microbrewery in 2021. And speaking of bakeries, one of Hobart's top bakehouses, Pigeon Whole Bakers, is opening an outlet in Oatlands.

Natural brew

Beer and cider are in their natural element at the farm bar of Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale and Cider on the outskirts of New Norfolk. Ingredients for its complex, wild-fermented ales are grown on the 600-hectare farm, sourced from other Tasmanian growers, or even wild-foraged from the Derwent Valley.

'The farm gives us a sense of place, connected to ingredients we grow ourselves and source from other Tasmanian farmers for our ales.' Jane Huntington, Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale and Cider

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

Jarrad Seng

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store

Dine in or take-out at the celebrated Agrarian Kitchen Eatery set in a former ward of the Willow Court asylum in New Norfolk. Casual, kiosk-style takeaways have been added recently to the offerings - bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on its lawns. And in the restaurant, the menus are now set. 'They're a much better example of what we do - a real snapshot of our garden,' says owner Rodney Dunn. 'They allow us to tell our story a lot better, and are more representative of where we are in the world. 'Watch this space for a new market garden inside the asylum's walled exercise yard as the Agrarian Kitchen's famed cooking school shifts to the Willow Court site.

“Our new set menus are a much better example of what we do - a real snapshot of our garden.' Rodney Dunn, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

Bangor Vineyard Shed

Adam Gibson

Bangor Vineyard Shed

What's old is new at storied Bangor Vineyard Shed, where a dedicated wine tasting room has opened beside the original vineyard shed. There are tastings of Bangor's eight wines at the long bar or out on the tasting room's covered deck. Dine at the adjoining restaurant and reflect on your proximity to so much vital Tasmanian history – Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman made his only landing on the island along Bangor's coast in 1642, and it was later the site of first contact between Tasmanian Aboriginal people and European explorers.

Whisky tasting

Samuel Shelley

Whisky tasting at Old Kempton Distillery

Draw a circle 90 minutes' drive around Hobart and it spans almost a dozen distilleries. Hit the road to find the likes of Shene Estate, Old Kempton and the rye whiskies of Belgrove in the Southern Midlands, and Spring Bay and McHenry on the east coast and Tasman Peninsula. On the way back to Hobart, slip into Cambridge-based Sullivans Cove Distillery, which has twice been awarded world's best single cask single malt as well as world's best single malt.

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Take the vibrancy of a capital city, add stellar bush walks and beaches, and start planning your next getaway.

Play

Forage and feast

Casino Rooftop Bar Hobart

Head to the forest and beaches on seasonal foraging tours with Sirocco South. Wild produce might include springtime asparagus, autumn mushrooms and, in summer, bower spinach, seaweeds and sea urchins. Your harvest is then turned into a six-course lunch by owner Mic Giuliani and matched with Bream Creek Vineyard wines.

'Tasmania offers immersive seasonal foraging unlike anywhere else.”
Mic Giuliani, Sirocco South

Three Capes Track

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Three Capes Track

Heady heights are grounding on this four-day Tasman Peninsula hike across the tops of Australia's highest sea cliffs. Walk it in style on the guided Three Capes Lodge Walk, complete with spa treatments and private lodges. Or DIY – staying in the most stylish public huts in the country.

Walk on kunanyi

From almost anywhere in Hobart, the familiar heft of kunanyi/Mount Wellington dominates the horizon, and it’s a favourite playground of Hobartians. Local tour operator Walk on kunanyi explores the secret history and beauty spots of the mountain on a series of walks, including Sea to Summit, starting at the harbourfront in the morning and rising to the mountain’s full height of 1271 metres a few hours later.

Par Avion

Matt Donovan

Par Avion Wilderness Tours, Bathurst Harbour

Walking in Tasmania's remote Southwest Wilderness is rewarding, but it comes more easily on a flight experience with Par Avion. Fly south west to Melaleuca, then explore Bathurst Harbour and the Bathurst Narrows by boat on the Southwest Wilderness Experience day trip. Or go the full wilderness baptism with a three-day stay at Par Avion's private waterside camp on the shore of Bathurst Harbour.

Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania

On the bank of the Huon River in Franklin, the Wooden Boat Centre preserves the traditional art of handcrafting timber boats. Take a 45-minute tour of the workshop, watching students and shipwrights building boats, or join one of the centre's courses to build your own. Courses run as short as a week, crafting an Inuit kayak or timber oars and spars.

'Travelling slowly, we get to watch eagles soar, hear waves crashing and relax on deserted beaches.' Reg Grundy, Roaring 40s Kayaking

Kayaking

Graham Freeman

Roaring 40s Kayaking, Bathurst Harbour

Tasmania's rugged edges are best explored by kayak. Southern Sea Ventures runs four-day trips riding the Southern Ocean along the cliff-lined shores of Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula. With Roaring 40s Kayaking, it's total immersion in the Southwest Wilderness on an eight-day expedition paddle in Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. 'Travelling slowly, we get to watch eagles soar, hear waves crashing and relax on deserted beaches,' says Roaring 40s owner Reg Grundy. 'And the air is so fresh – it last blew over land in Chile, 8000 kilometres away.'

Stay

Moss

Supplied courtesy Moss Hotel

Moss Hotel

Now spanning two Georgian warehouses on Salamanca Place, chic Moss is a happy paradox of central and secluded. Behind the sandstone facades, Moss is Hobartian to its Georgian boot straps: the three-level living wall is lined with thousands of native Tasmanian plants, while the views from guestrooms overlook the bustling market on Saturdays.

Crowne Plaza Hobart

Rising tall from the centre of Hobart, the 235 rooms at the new 12-level Crowne Plaza Hobart have unusual CBD views - choose mountain or water. Dine above the city at The Deck, or head for the heights of Aura, Hobart's first rooftop bar, due to open in late November.

Bruny Island Coastal Retreats

Choose from nine distinctive properties dotted across South Bruny Island. They include the rustic timber Bruny Island Lodge, with walls that peel back for open-air living and a chip-and-putt golf course, cinematic views from the glass-wrapped and contemporary Cloudy Bay Beach House, and a waterside fisherman's cottage at Taylors Bay.

Explorers Lodge B&B

Go upstream and upmarket at the new Explorers Lodge B&B bringing Hamptons styling to historic New Norfolk, 30 minutes’ drive from Hobart in the Derwent Valley. With four guestrooms and two self-contained apartments, it's a place to relax: in the sunroom's rocking chair or daybed, on the deck with river views, or in the tranquil gardens and orchard.

Casino Rooftop Bar Hobart

Villa Talia

Step onto the wraparound veranda at the Villa Talia, open the complimentary bubbly and take in views of the Hartz Mountains and the Huon River. The house sits on three hectares about 10 minutes’ drive from Cygnet, amid orchards and fields of cattle.

Tinderbox Retreat

Perched high on the Tinderbox Peninsula, the Tinderbox Retreat is a short 20 minutes' drive from Hobart - and yet so happily far away. There are views across the River Derwent from every room, along with a private gym and sauna, outdoor spa, fully equipped chef's kitchen and Tesla car charger.

Coming up

Vibe Hotel Hobart has transformed the city’s skyline, and the 142-room hotel on Argyle Street is due to open in late 2020. Also well underway in Hobart is Australia’s first Movenpick hotel. Meanwhile, in Parliament Square, The Tasman is taking shape behind a carefully restored sandstone façade. Hobart’s new five-star property, Marriott’s first luxury collection hotel in Australia, is due to open by mid 2021.

Eat and drink

New in Oatlands

In a virtual blink, the heritage town of Oatlands has gone gourmet. The Imbibers wine bar, in an atmospheric former dispensary, serves wine, spirits and beer produced within 60 kilometres of town, along with platters of local produce, while the Kentish Hotel has reopened after seven years as a bakery - stay tuned for its new microbrewery in 2021. And speaking of bakeries, one of Hobart's top bakehouses, Pigeon Whole Bakers, is opening an outlet in Oatlands.

Natural brew

Beer and cider are in their natural element at the farm bar of Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale and Cider on the outskirts of New Norfolk. Ingredients for its complex, wild-fermented ales are grown on the 600-hectare farm, sourced from other Tasmanian growers, or even wild-foraged from the Derwent Valley.

'The farm gives us a sense of place, connected to ingredients we grow ourselves and source from other Tasmanian farmers for our ales.' Jane Huntington, Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale and Cider

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

Jarrad Seng

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store

Dine in or take-out at the celebrated Agrarian Kitchen Eatery set in a former ward of the Willow Court asylum in New Norfolk. Casual, kiosk-style takeaways have been added recently to the offerings - bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on its lawns. And in the restaurant, the menus are now set. 'They're a much better example of what we do - a real snapshot of our garden,' says owner Rodney Dunn. 'They allow us to tell our story a lot better, and are more representative of where we are in the world. 'Watch this space for a new market garden inside the asylum's walled exercise yard as the Agrarian Kitchen's famed cooking school shifts to the Willow Court site.

“Our new set menus are a much better example of what we do - a real snapshot of our garden.' Rodney Dunn, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

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Bangor Vineyard Shed

Adam Gibson

Bangor Vineyard Shed

What's old is new at storied Bangor Vineyard Shed, where a dedicated wine tasting room has opened beside the original vineyard shed. There are tastings of Bangor's eight wines at the long bar or out on the tasting room's covered deck. Dine at the adjoining restaurant and reflect on your proximity to so much vital Tasmanian history – Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman made his only landing on the island along Bangor's coast in 1642, and it was later the site of first contact between Tasmanian Aboriginal people and European explorers.

Whisky tasting

Samuel Shelley

Whisky tasting at Old Kempton Distillery

Draw a circle 90 minutes' drive around Hobart and it spans almost a dozen distilleries. Hit the road to find the likes of Shene Estate, Old Kempton and the rye whiskies of Belgrove in the Southern Midlands, and Spring Bay and McHenry on the east coast and Tasman Peninsula. On the way back to Hobart, slip into Cambridge-based Sullivans Cove Distillery, which has twice been awarded world's best single cask single malt as well as world's best single malt.

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