To many, Hobart comes as a surprise. Australia’s southernmost city it may be, but conditions here are far from dark, drizzly and wanting for amusement. Hobart receives more sunshine than Melbourne and less rainfall than every capital city bar one. Plus when it comes to things to see, do and eat, this harbour-side city is your oyster.

Or abalone, really. Tassie provides more than 25% of the world’s supply and the Bart’s the freshest place to tuck into them (plus lobster, mussels, oysters, salmon, trout, scallops… you get the picture). Not into seafood? Try the chardonnays, pastries, cheeses or a locally-produced whisky voted the world’s best in 2014. If art’s your thing, don’t go past MONA. If history is, potter along Salamanca Place to Battery Point or check out the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. For some biking or hiking, head to Mt. Wellington. For beauty rich and rare, cruise over to Bruny Island. You really can’t make a wrong move in the Tasmanian capital.

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