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23 Reasons This Tasmanian City Is a Honeymooner’s Paradise

The island of Tasmania presents wild and rugged terrain, with gorgeous walking trails along the turquoise coasts and through crisp-air mountains. Meanwhile, down in the port city of Hobart, you’ll find an incredible art and gourmet scene. If you’re a couple that enjoys spending time split between eating delicious food, drinking organic and biodynamic wines, visiting art exhibitions, and experiencing the local scenery via hiking and biking trails, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and wildlife spotting, Hobart might just be the perfect honeymoon spot for you.

Let's dive into the best restaurants, activities and honeymoon-worthy hotels.

Reporter: Alyssa Brown
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Stay: Thalia Haven learn more

Located just an hour and a half from Hobart, Thalia Haven offers a secluded luxury getaway on the Great Oyster Bay of Tasmania’s East Coast. Celebrate your honeymoon with a long walk on the white sandy beach, cook on open flame outside your room and take a hot bath on your outdoor deck overlooking the azure waters.
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Try: The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School and Farm

Lachlan, Tasmania, Australia
For honeymooners who love to cook together, consider a trip to The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School and Farm just outside Hobart. The focus here is on paddock-to-plate cooking, with classes that range from cooking with truffles to sausage, pâté and terrine making.
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Stay: Satellite Island

Satellite Island, Tasmania, Australia
Helicopter from Hobart in 20 mins or take a boat from Bruny Island to get this completely secluded isle of your own. You and your new spouse can enjoy Satellite Island as its only occupants, greeting sea birds with the rise of the morning sun, and spending your days hiking, snorkeling and kayaking. Read more about Satellite Island here →
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Dine: Born in Brunswick

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Honeymoon brunching has never looked so good! Head to Born in Brunswick in North Hobart for delicious eats like lemongrass crab with blistered tomato and gochujang butter, scrambled eggs and citrus salad.
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Dine: Franklin

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
One of Australia’s top female chefs, Analiese Gregory, leads the kitchen at this stalwart Hobart eatery. Score bar seats for two and watch Gregory and her team in action while noshing on the tasting menu full of local flavors.
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See: Penguin Spotting

Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia
If you happen to be staying on Bruny Island for part of your honeymoon, an evening trip to the Nest Game Reserve is a must. If you’re traveling between September and February, you might get lucky enough to spot groups of fairy penguins as they make way to their burrows and babies in the sand dunes.
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Dine: Aløft

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
This modern, glass-walled restaurant space gazes right out to the harbor, making it a fab spot to sit and watch your first sunset as a married couple. Aløft serves a creative, modern Australian menu that pulls influences from around the world.
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Drink: Dier Makr

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Aussies love their natural and organic wines, so having a restaurant in Hobart that serves mostly minimal intervention wines – both on the menu and in their wine shop – should come as no surprise. In addition to their dynamic wine list, Dier Makr offers multi-course tasting menus that are the perfect way to celebrate a honeymoon night in Tasmania.
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Snack: Bruny Island Cheese Co.

Great Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Bruny Island is a quick ferry trip from Hobart that you can easily make into a day or multi-day trip. Be sure to schedule in a stop at Bruny Island Cheese Co. for their wood-fired pizzas, cheese plates and craft beers.
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Dine: Institut Polair

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
A wine bar from the folks behind Tasmanian gin brand Süd Polaire, Institut Polair makes a good place to start a night out celebrating your honeymoon in Hobart. Flights of wine, gin and whiskey can be sipped in the bright, marble-filled space, or you might opt for craft cocktails with flavors like locally smoked applewood salt, leatherwood honey or mountain pepperberry bitters.
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Dine: Fico

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Modern Italian fare meets the abundant local produce of Tassie at Fico in Hobart. The relationship between farmer and chef is notable throughout the menu, and the wine list spans both Australian and European bottles.
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Visit: MONA

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Modern art meets architectural wonder at Tasmania’s most famous museum on the harbor. The museum that seems to be forever expanding, Mona brings in visitors from around the world to its various indoor and outdoor exhibitions, restaurants, events and accommodations. For honeymooners, a stay at the pavilion may be in order, or at the very least, a day trip to explore the museum.
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Dine: Faro at MONA

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Order sangria by the liter and gaze out at the harbor at Mona’s newest restaurant, Faro. Getting to the glass-enclosed space requires a wander through the newest wing of the museum, where you’ll walk past a handful of artist James Turrell’s exhibitions that play with light as art. Once inside Faro, you’ll dine beside one of the exhibit’s most popular pieces, Unseen Seen, a white globe that promises a sensory experience inside.
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Try: Hire a Yacht

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Hire a private yacht charter to take your honeymoon to the next level. Choose from docking overnight at Port Arthur, Bruny Island or Recherche Bay.
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Stay: Macq01 Hotel

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
A new hotel located on the Macquarie Wharf, Macq01 boasts harbor views and very chic, modern suites. For a stay that comes with a fireplace, a balcony and private butler service, honeymooners should book the luxury waterfront suite.
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Dine: Get Shucked Oyster Farm

Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia
Honeymooners seeking fresh-shucked oysters and local beers or bubbly should head to Bruny Island’s Get Shucked Oyster Farm. The setting is casual with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the water.
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Stay: Islington Hotel

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
This Hobart boutique hotel building dates back to the 1800s and has the feel of a grand, old Regency home. Honeymoon at Islington Hotel and you’ll gave access to the beautiful gardens and gorgeous on-site restaurant.
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Visit: Farm Gate Market

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Sundays bring the best of Tasmanian produce, local flowers, fresh churned butter and so much more to the markets of Farm Gate. If you’re in Hobart for the weekend and have time to stop by and meet some of Tassie’s top farmers and artisans, this is one of those honeymoon activities you’ll be talking about forever.
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Dine: Frank

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Expect to dine on a meat-centric menu at Hobart’s waterfront restaurant Frank. South American fare is the theme here, with charcoal grilled steaks, lamb and veggies matched with refreshing caipirinhas, mojitos and margaritas.
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Stay: Truffle Lodge

Gretna, Tasmania, Australia
Safari-style canvas tents sit along the River Derwent, just under an hour’s drive from Hobart. Truffle Lodge is the kind of place that’ll make your honeymoon feel entirely luxurious, with options to get a little dirty while kayaking the river or foraging for mushrooms and truffles.
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Try: Gather Your Own Seafood

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Hop aboard a fishing boat for the day and tour the open seas surrounding Hobart for a seafood-gathering journey. Enjoy oysters, abalone and sea urchin plucked straight from the water while learning about Tasmania’s sealife.
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Drink: Bruny Island Wine

Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia
Australia’s southernmost vineyard, Bruny Island Wine’s cellar door sits atop a rolling hill of vines. Taste your way through their popular whites or go for Pinot Noir and order a charcuterie plate or the spread of local pâtés.
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Visit: Salamanca Market

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
The Salamanca Market takes over the docks every Saturday in Hobart. Wandering newlyweds can expect to find artisanal crafts, locally made jams and chutneys, gourmet foods and lots of one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

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