Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Food and Art Oasis; Tasmania's Capital Is a Charming Blend of Old and New

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Food and Art Oasis; Tasmania's Capital Is a Charming Blend of Old and New

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Byline: Letea Cavander

IF BEER, wine and cheese is your thing there is no need to sell your first-born for a flight to France. We have our own foodies' haven just a few hours' flight south of Brisbane. Hobart is a mecca of craft grog and locally produced food.

It is also a haven for artists thanks to gambler David Walsh, who poured millions of dollars into his creation, the Museum of Old and New Art. Here are a few of the many things to do in the Tasmanian capital.

Eat the food

Tasmania is so much more than the Apple Isle, though they sure know what to do with that fruit.

From fine-dining eateries to great pub grub, Hobart really does have something for every tastebud.

For the best chips in the country, head to Jack Greene on Salamanca Place. Once wharf warehouses, the row of sandstone buildings is now the heart of Hobart's entertainment district.

Sit among the sandstone, under a heat lamp in winter as the icy wind straight from Antarctica whips up, and tuck into the potato that is double-fried and finished with the chef's secret seasoning.

The bar also has a large number of craft beers to choose from, plus tasting paddles so drinkers can imbibe a few different Tasmanian brews. Jack Greene is just the start of the foodie mecca. Several eateries on Salamanca Place and in the wharf district serve amazing dishes that hero Tasmania produce like salmon, apples, potatoes and quality cuts of steak.

And be sure to visit the oldest operating brewery in the country, Cascade Brewery.

DETAILS: discovertasmania.com.au

Visit MONA

It took three trips to the Tasmanian capital before I visited the much-lauded and equally derided MONA.

I was scared the hype around the museum had overly heightened my expectations.

Opened in 2011, the museum has courted controversy for its take on what makes art, art. …

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