Hobart is a small, beautiful city teeming with artists, musicians, creative types and other interesting people. Perched on the edge of the Derwent River, Hobart is hot property, and there has never been a better time to visit.
HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY:
THE MARKETS: we know you’ve likely got Salamanca on your radar for a Saturday morning, but don’t miss Farm Gate Market on a Sunday morning, and the monthly art and craft markets on around the traps.
THE GALLERIES: MONA’s a given, but there’s so much more to explore. Check the state collections at TMAG, Salamanca Arts Centre when you’re done with the markets, and many more little galleries dotted around the city.
THE MOUNTAIN: Hobart lives in the shadow of Mt Wellington and that’s just how we like it. Getting up there is easy if you have a hire car, a little trickier without one (it’s a national park, so no public transport goes through it). Ask us for tips on getting up there, and take your coat with you—it’s regularly cold and/or windy up there.
FOOD AND BOOZE: Hobart and it's surrounds are utter foodie paradise. Tassie fresh produce is unbeatable (in our humble opinions) and so are the Alabama staff’s fresh opinions. Chat to us about our newest finds and current favourites. We endeavour to keep plenty of Tasmanian drinks in stock at the Alabama bar for you to sample—have you tried a Tassie beer? Wine? Cider? Whisky? Gin? Vodka? They all exist and they’re all delicious.
THE FESTIVALS: something to celebrate for every season! Summer festivals are the most popular (no surprises there) but there’s something happening at all times of the year, whether it be for food, or music, or drinks, or wooden boats… the list goes on.
THE DAY TRIPS: we don’t recommend a hire car while you’re staying in Hobart (no onsite parking!) but if you do have one, we’ve got suggestions for you. Try the Huon valley, the Tasman peninsula, Bruny island, Mt Field, or the Coal River valley… just for a start. (Freycinet and Cradle mountain are also amazing but need more than a day trip or you’ll be pooped!)
THE NEIGHBOURS: CBD life is ballin’ but make sure you check out the other suburbs that make up inner Hobart: North Hobart, Salamanca, Battery Point and Sandy Bay are all worth touring through for eating, drinking, sight-seeing and fun times.
THE WATER: mountains to the left of you, water to the right, here you are—stuck in the middle at the Alabama. Nothing like sitting waterside with some fish and chips on a beautiful sunny day, or you could get out onto the water via kayak, adventure boat or tall ship.
THE ALABAMA: toot toot! What’s that sound? Our own horn? Here at the Alabama we love our guests, we love Hobart and we love Tasmania. Come share the love.