Between the Derwent River and Mount Wellington, Hobart’s northern suburbs sweep over gently sloping hills and around the meandering foreshore. There are suburban shopping strips at Moonah and Glenorchy, catering to the retail needs of nearby suburban areas.
Tasmanian Transport Museum
This museum contains a restored and working collection of steam engines, locomotives and carriages from Tasmania’s unique and fascinating railway history. There are also some of the old trams and trolley buses that used to run on Hobart’s streets. Visitors can browse through displays in the relocated New Town suburban train station, a relic from a bygone era. Occasional main-line trips are scheduled. Anfield St, Glenorchy; (03) 6272 7721; open 1–4pm Sat–Sun and public holidays.
MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
Italian migrant and visionary Claudio Alcorso developed this vineyard in 1955 and put Tasmania’s excellent cool-climate wines on the map. The estate is 12 kilometres upriver from Hobart’s city centre by high-speed catamaran from Brooke Street Pier. Enjoy lunch or dinner, taste wines from the cellar door or sample pilsner, ale and wheat beer brewed at Moo Brew on-site. Moorilla Estate is also the home of the new Museum of Old and New Art, which opens in 2011 to show an outstanding private collection of pieces celebrating the twin themes of sex and death. 655 Main Rd, Berriedale; (03) 6277 9900; restaurantopen daily for lunch, dinner Fri–Sat.
Cadbury Visitor Centre
Among their many other chocolate delights, Cadbury’s factory at Claremont makes the 90 million Freddo frogs eaten every year in Australia. Visitors can watch an informative DVD, see a demonstration of chocolate being moulded, taste the raw materials and indulge themselves in the factory shop and cafe (which makes excellent hot chocolate). 100 Cadbury Rd, Claremont; 1800 627 367; open 8am–4pm (last presentation at 3pm) Mon–Fri Sept–May, 9am–3pm (last presentation at 2pm) Mon–Fri June–Aug.