Heading north out of Hobart city along Elizabeth Street is a strip of hip cafes, bars and eateries in North Hobart. Here you can linger over coffee and cake during the day or kick up your heels and take in the local music scene at night.
Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
This cosmopolitan strip is busy day and night. At the Federal Street end, the independent State Cinema shows arthouse and foreign films in Hobart’s only old cinema. Further down the street there is a wide choice of casual restaurants, bistros, cafes and takeaway outlets. State Cinema, 375 Elizabeth St; (03) 6234 6318.
On the Burnett Street corner, the Republic Bar & Cafe is a popular meeting place for an eclectic mix of musos, artists, writers, activists and students. There is live music every night of the week, complemented by excellent counter meals.
Cornelian Bay is tucked away north of the Botanical Gardens and easily accessible from the Inter-City Cycleway. A popular swimming beach for families in the 1950s and 1960s, it is now a tranquil waterside park reminiscent of a bygone era with barbecue facilities, an all-access playground and a row of historic Edwardian boatsheds. There is also a contemporary restaurant and a kiosk selling gourmet ice-cream and takeaway coffee.
Around both sides of the bay there are walking trails offering excellent views of the Tasman Bridge. Along these tracks, a careful eye will discover the charcoal and shell-midden evidence of past Aboriginal occupation.
Built in 1836, this Georgian villa has had a number of distinguished owners including a bishop, a captain and the first lawyer to qualify in the colony. It’s now in the hands of the National Trust and has been restored and refurbished to its former glory as an 1860s mansion. 61 Bay Rd, New Town; open 10am–4.30pm Mon–Fri, 12–4.30pm Sat–Sun.