Being a resident of Victoria (the closest state to Tasmania) has meant that I have visited Hobart in Tasmania increasingly as I have gotten older. \n\nTasmanian wine and produce, landscapes and art galleries appeal to many, mostly travellers whose search for the finer things in life increases with age.\n\nA short flight from Melbourne, Victoria (only 50 minutes in the air) and you will touch down at the small airport in Hobart.\n\nBelow, you will find my list of the top 10 best things to do in Hobart, Tasmania.\n\nEvery year, the Taste of Tasmania is held in Hobart, on the waterfront at Salamanca. Offering an incredible array of local, gourmet produce, fresh food and wine, 'The Taste' is an event not to be missed.\n\nThe festival has grown since its conception in 1988. From initially 22 stalls over two days to one of the biggest wine and food festivals in the state of Tasmania, it is held at the beginning of every new year (please check their website for updates).\n\nIn addition to the Taste of Tasmania, here are some other food produce and wine sellers to try:\n\nWINERIES\n\nDerwent Estate Vineyard: Located a short drive north of Hobart, the Derwent Estate Vineyard and Winery is eco friendly and currently moving towards being completely organic. It is open seven days a week for lunch for those that want to try their award-winning wines.\n\nFrogmore Creek Winery: A cool climate winery and cellar door, the Frogmore Creek Winery is a 15-minute drive from Hobart's CBD. The award-winning wines and stunning views here will not disappoint!\n\nEvery Man & His Dog Vineyard: A small, boutique vineyard located on the Coal River Valley. Another “cool climate” winery which specialises in Cab Sauv, Pinot Noir and Unwooded Chardonnay. It is situated close to the small town of Richmond, half an hour north of Hobart.\n\nPRODUCE\n\nFarm Gate Market (fresh food): This iconic market is located at 104 Bathurst Street in Hobart and occurs every Sunday. In any weather conditions, vendors gather to sell their baked goods and seasonal produce. This market is a social event designed for visitors to learn about who exactly grows their chosen quality produce in the area. The Farm Gate Market has evolved in the last ten years from 12 store holders to one of the most popular Farmers Markets in Australia.\n\nHill Street Grocer: The Hill Street Grocer in West Hobart is full with very fresh produce at reasonable prices, making this friendly, Greek grocery a trendy food store in the city.\n\nThe Salmon Shop (Salamanca Square): The Salmon Shop is a retail outlet for the Tassal fish farmers. It specialises in deli items and fresh cuts of salmon at affordable prices.\n\nBruny Island Cheese Company: Nick Haddow began the Bruny Island Cheese Company after travelling the world and learning from specialist cheesemakers. Using cow's milk for their array of cheeses, the Bruny Island Cheese Company uses environmentally sustainable practices to provide the best quality milk and cheeses.\n\nTo say the Salamanca Market is big is an understatement. On my last visit to Hobart, a stroll to the markets was met with endless lines of stalls, including all you could imagine. \n\nEverything from vintage, design, boutique, produce, crafts, jewellery, woodcrafts and coffee can be found in the vibrant 170 stalls.\n\nHeld every Saturday, Salamanca Market is one of Australia's most-loved outdoor markets. If you are a market lover, put aside adequate time to be able to explore most of the massive variety of stalls!\n\nThe Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is situated in Hobart on the Berriedale peninsula. It is a huge, privately-funded museum that showcases contemporary, modern, and ancient art, and it is owned by David Walsh. \n\nMONA is best accessed by the equally-enthralling MONA Ferry. Complete with fake cows and bar service, taking the MONA Ferry across the water from Salamanca is a must for the full MONA experience.\n\nEntering the art gallery, you are greeted by friendly staff who are all experienced in providing the required information with a laugh to ensure you enjoy your time at MONA. \n\nExhibitions change seasonally, so do keep that in mind. \n\nOne thing I wish I knew before I visited was the extent of incredible artwork alongside picturesque dining and bar areas that exist here. Having known this, I would have spent more time on the grounds!\n\nThe Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) is not only a museum and art gallery but also a herbarium. It is located at Dunn Place in Hobart. \n\nCollections of fine art, old fossils, shells, molluscs, flora and fauna, and a photographic collection dating back to 1849 to the present day, are but a few of the many collections here.\n\nThe TMAG's mission is to collect and maintain their collection, and to provide knowledge on the culture and history of Tasmania.\n\nIf you are an art lover, ensure to include the TMAG on your Hobart things to do list. Make sure to also allow enough time to view the full collection!\n\nThe Kunanyi trail is the most popular hike on Mount Wellington in Hobart, Tasmania.\n\nThe mountain is known to the original indigenous Tasmanians as Kunanyi, who have revived the name today, resulting in the mountain now possessing the dual-title of Mount Wellington/Kunanyi.\n\nBefore visiting Mount Wellington/Kunanyi, be sure to do some research online about the history of the area.\n\nGenerally, researching indigenous culture and travel tips before visiting historical sites is the way to go to help you properly understand Australian history.\n\nLocated in the southeast of Hobart, at 1271 metres above sea level, Mount Wellington is often covered in snow, or at the very least, is frosty.\n\nIf planning to hike Mount Wellington/Kunanyi, ensure to always prepare for cold conditions as there are usually icy winds throughout the year. Moreover, the weather on the summit can include anything from rain to clear skies, sun to snow, icy winds and hail, or all in one day.\n\nBruny Island is a 362-square-km island off the southeast coast of Tasmania. It is known as a wild, untouched island that includes activities like cliff-top trails and things to do near the water, such as laying by the beach. Foodies and beach-loving Hobart locals often head to Bruny for short mini-breaks.\n\nBruny Island is also on many interstate and international travellers' Australia road trip itineraries for the same reason. The coastal wilderness and accessibility draw nature and produce-lovers from far and wide, too.\n\nThe ferry to Bruny Island departs from the town of Kettering, which is approximately 40-minutes south of Hobart.\n\nWineglass Bay is known as a breathtaking location, drawing photographers and travellers from near and far.\n\nSituated 2.5 hours north of Hobart, the bay area of Wineglass Bay and its surroundings are part of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's east coast. \n\nTop activities here include rock climbing, mountain biking, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing. Stunning sunsets also provide the ideal place to relax with your newest vacation book and take in the view. Wineglass Bay is a definite must if you are venturing north from Hobart.\n\nNorth Hobart is the place to be if you're searching for a café experience while visiting Hobart. The relaxed area is a short cab ride from the CBD of Hobart and has many cafes and even a brewery to choose from. Many offer brunch or lunch and showcase the local produce in fine form.\n\nThese are some of the top eateries to try:\n\nBRUNCH \n\nRoom for a Pony: A relaxed brunch spot with friendly staff and delicious coffee.\n\nBorn in Brunswick: A modern brunch spot with creative twists on breakfasts and lunches.\n\nBARS\n\nBoodle Beasley: A friendly and relaxed brewery, ideal for lunch and to try some boutique beers on tap. \n\nRepublic Bar & Café: Ideal for a night out to see touring bands or for a quiet beer or meal while soaking up the live music pub atmosphere.\n\nThree kilometres south of Hobart's Central Business District is the suburb of Sandy Bay. Many homes here are close to the water, possessing sought-after views of the Marina and Mount Wellington while still being an accessible location close to the CBD of Hobart. \n\nThis is also where the Wrest Point Casino, Yacht club and popular cafes and restaurants are located, also drawing locals and their dogs to stroll along the beach.\n\nThere is plenty of free parking, but get in quick when the sun is out!\n\nThe Cascade Brewery in South Hobart was opened in 1824, and it is the oldest functioning brewery in Australia.\n\nLocated at the bottom of Mount Wellington, the brewery tours include history, recipes and large amounts of taste testing.\n\nIf a brewery tour isn’t for you, relax and sample the Mercury ciders or Cascade beers, or have some lunch and wander around the heritage gardens.\n\nCascade Brewery also provides homebrew and non-alcoholic beverages.\n\nI’d always heard that Hobart was pretty, but I never really understood why until I visited the city and saw the accessibility of everything, the laid back atmosphere and the historical and artistic community. \n\nHobart, Tasmania is perfect for the beginning of a road trip or a mini getaway from the mainland of Australia. Tasmania is also full of interesting Australian landmarks to visit, such as the Port Arthur Historic Site.\n\nI would recommend staying in accommodation in South Hobart or high up in one of the hilly suburbs for exceptional sunset views of the harbour and beyond.\n\nIdeal seasons to visit are January (Australian summer) for the Taste of Tasmania festival or mid-winter for the Dark Mofo festival (organised by MONA) and winter trekking on Mount Wellington. \n\nAnd don't forget to pack your most giant winter jacket and plenty of layers if you visit between June - August!