In my time stalking Hobart I realized there are two ways you can go about visiting – you can either make it a foodie trip or a sight seeing trip. We wanted a sight seeing trip that offered good food when we desperately needed it. It wasn’t the easiest task to find recommendations for food in Hobart so I thought this might help anyone planning a trip over there soon. OMG! You’re going this weekend? Excellent! Read below carefully.
There is a very obvious and resounding theme of blue going on in the collection of images above this writing and that’s because we came across the most beautiful Sunday while in Tasmania.
I’d been prepared for nice weather, but not weather that good. The people of Coles Bay agreed. “You picked an awfully perfect day for sea kayaking”, they’d say to us. We perked up in our orange life vests and proudly agreed, “perfect weather indeed.”
We woke up early to stop by Jackman + McRoss for some fuel before heading off on a two and a half hour long drive from Battery Point to Freycinet National Park. It’s an easy, gorgeous, quick drive that no one should feel overwhelmed by.
We would hike the rocky trails of the National Park, have lunch with our toes in the sands of Wineglass Bay, admire a lone dolphin showing off for the crowd and meet a wallaby. Best of all, we would go late afternoon sea kayaking on the serene and clear blue water of Coles Bay as the sun came down.
Blue is quickly becoming my favorite color.
What we would do shortly after all the magical moments Freycinet National Park offered was race back to Hobart Airport after sunset to catch a 9:30pm flight home. Apparently, that’s when wallabys tend to turn into quick, bouncy zombies who follow loud sounds and head lights and gravitate toward cars.
I can proudly say no one was hurt in the journey back to the airport.
Phew! What a day.
Jackman + McRoss is, for the sake of making my point, the only breakfast place you need to know about in Hobart. It’s simplistic, minimal, welcoming, comfortable and also a bit fancy with it’s colonial feel, bentwood chairs and copper fixtures.
Let me get straight to it – on Saturday morning we woke up early to get breakfast out of the way since we had a busy day of being tourists. The plan was to get in and out, food for the sake of energy.
We stayed almost an hour.
I ordered (MY NEW MOST FAVORITE PLATE) scrambled eggs wrapped in salmon on danish pastry, a chocolate croissant, two coffees and it all came out to $23. Can you believe that, Melbourne/Sydney?
But seriously – if I could have any cafe as my next door neighbor, Jackman + McRoss would be it. They sell incredible, fresh bread, made in house, their pastry shelves would make a coeliac risk it all, and the breakfast… well, it was just about the best. It was one of those plates you can’t really stop talking about as you eat it. You rave and rant to your friend about it as she does the same to you regarding her eggs benedict. You move on to compliment the lovely waiter about how delicious the food he brought out was, then the lovely lady at the baked good counter who’s wrapping up your chocolate croissant, and the barista making your take away coffee. You also let the people in line know how lucky they are and that you hope they appreciate it. Or else.
You, of course, go back first thing the next day and order the most unbelievable ham and cheese croissant and yet another chocolate croissant on the side. This leads to a formal complaint also known as a “Restraining Order”* waiting for you at your hostel. How embarrassing!
* Just kidding. I swear.
Jackman + McRoss
57-59 Hampden Rd Hobart, Tasmania 7004