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Five things to do in Hobart when it’s raining

1 September 2011 No Comment

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You’ll quickly discover that a little bit of rain does not deter Tasmanians, and it shouldn’t put a stop to your fun either. Outdoor attractions like the Salamanca Market will still be open and buzzing if it’s drizzly.

Rain might kill your plans to go up Mount Wellington, but there are plenty of other things to do in Hobart that will keep you dry and entertained.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Currently undergoing redevelopment but still open almost every day of the year, TMAG has something for everyone. There’s wildlife, history, art and a fascinating section dedicated to the Antarctic region. Even better, it is free.

City bus tour
The good old red double decker bus and the ‘tram bus’ (yes, it’s a bus painted up as a tram) are both great ways to orient yourself in Hobart, learn a little about its history and see some of the major sights. You can get off along the way, but if it’s really wet you can stay on board and simply enjoy the view and commentary. Trips run from the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre in Davey Street.

Cascade Brewery
Australia’s oldest continuously operating brewery is only five minutes drive from the city centre. It’s not just about beer – Cascade also makes a range of fruit juices and sodas. You can take a two-hour tour to learn about the brewing process. Note that bookings must be made in advance, and you’ll need to wear long trousers and covered shoes for safety reasons. There are lots of stairs to climb, but you can reward yourself by sampling the wares at the end.

The ferry ride up the Derwent to the Museum of Old and New Art might not be so great in the rain, but you can also get there by bus. Tasmania’s newest attraction has brought visitors from near and far – with good reason. It’s like a villain’s lair filled with amazing art to challenge the senses. Visit the MONA ferry wharf in Brooke Street to find out more.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Tales of whaling, early explorers and shipwrecks await in this collection to help you discover Tasmania’s rich maritime past. It’s on the corner of Davey and Argyle Streets and open almost every day of the year.

If these ideas don’t appeal, you can always grab a coat and umbrella and get out there with the locals. Or take shelter in one of Hobart’s many fine eating and drinking establishments and soak up the atmosphere.

Susan Moore lives in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. She shares  a glimpse of daily life in Tasmania, as written by a “blow in” from the mainland,  on her fascinating site Houn View. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive her regular articles.

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