Hobart with Kids – Salamanca Markets, Mt Wellington & TMAG

Usually when we go on holidays Luke finishes up work after lunch and we explore together & then he finishes the work day at night when we’re home and Lior is in bed. But because on this holiday Luke is working with Japh & they have an office space for the time we’re down here Luke has had to work normal hours. You can imagine he’s been looking forward to the weekend so that he can get out & do some things! We have saved a few bigger activities for the weekend. The ones Luke wants to do the most, so we aim to fit as much as possible into today – Saturday.

First thing on the list is the Salamanca markets. It’s one of those iconic Hobart things, and considering our airbnb place is basically one block back (up the hill) from Salamanca place we definitely want to go there.

At the markets Luke had a wallaby burrito, which was pretty yummy. I saw a few things I would like to get but I probably don’t need them and we don’t have room in our luggage!

Once we finished at the markets we walked home, got in the car & drove up Mount Wellington.

We had seen some snowfall on Mount Wellington on Friday morning, and thankfully there was still plenty of it up there when we arrived at 10:30am the next day. Lior & Eli had never been in the snow before so it was a great new experience for them! Lior doesn’t seem to feel the cold at all, but Eli grizzled a fair bit because of it. He needs little mittens! He would stop grumbling when I warmed up his hands in my glove & put them in my jacket.

We had a bit of a slippery situation where there was ice & Eli and I tumbled over. Ouch! Not my finest parenting hour – dropping my baby on the ice. :-/ nothing some cuddles couldn’t fix though thankfully.

The view from the top was SPECTACULAR! Just a beautiful way to see Hobart. Thankfully the clouds from earlier in the morning had lifted and we had a really nice view. We were able to drive all the way to the very top, which apart from being terrifying, was actually also really great. There’s a temperature gauge at the top & it said zero degrees exactly while we were up there. The temperature wasn’t unbearable unless there was wind, then we really felt the cold!

We headed back down and went home again. The plan was to grab the pram so we could walk around and go to a museum. Just off our street is a pub-ish place called Preachers. It looked pretty cool so we stopped & had falafel burgers – yum!

After that we walked back down to Salamanca and on to TMAG – Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. This was a really great museum and art gallery, and Lior really enjoyed it. The Antarctica exhibition was great, as was the art down in the basement. This was a great museum / art gallery to visit with kids!

We grabbed a coffee while there was still sunlight & then headed home before going out later in the evening for dinner. We ended up going to Mulan’s, which was really great Chinese food. I did feel a bit defeated this meal and wondered why on earth we EVER bother going out to dinner with kids (perhaps a bit of an over exaggeration seeing as we’d been out most nights that week & hadn’t thought that on any of those nights!). But these nights happen every now & again and I think it’s important to take a deep breath and work how it can be better next time. The thing I learnt from that evening was that 1) we should have brought something with us for Lior to do (anything from ipad to book to toy car), and we should have considered when Eli’s last sleep was before making plans to go out (he went to sleep in my arms as we waited for dinner – tiredness being the reason for his grumpiness!!). Thankfully Luke held Eli for the meal time & I could eat in reasonable peace. Well, as peaceful as dinner can be with a toddler who needs to try everything on your plate. :-P

Hobart with Kids – ZooDoo

Hobart is turning out to be such a fun place to be. When I was planning this trip I wasn’t sure what the boys and I would do each day, but the more we do the more I find there is to do, and the longer I wish we were staying!

On Friday we went into the city to do some errands and then we met up with Lauren and her lovely owlets for some delightful banana bread with caramel sauce and  dutch hot chocolate (yum! Will be making this at home!!). Lior loved having kids to play with (he always does, and has been asking for his friends while we’ve been away!), and it was nice to meet these people from my computer in real life. ;-)

After some delicious laksa for lunch & sleeping little boys, we headed out to ZooDoo. I’d been warned a few times that this might be a bit of a… weird zoo, but it turned out to be one of the most fantastic zoos we’ve been too! I loved that hardly any animals were in cages. There were lots of paddocks and everything was well spread out.

There was heaps of interactivity at ZooDoo and it was fun to touch so many animals. We even got some selfies with a sheep who then followed us around the paddock the entire rest of the time we were in there! Lior was actually getting a little scared that this sheep wouldn’t stop following us, so we went in to the wallabies.

His favourites were the monkeys, which is funny as I would have sworn his favourite animal is a tiger or lion. He has lots of tiger and lion things because this is really what I thought! Perhaps he just likes pretending to BE a lion or tiger best, but he likes to look at monkeys more… who knows.

Anyway, they do have a tiger and some lions at Zoodoo, and man, I thought they were fantastic!! I was totally in awe of the lion which was so huge and amazing. And the tiger was scary and huge and perfect.

We spent about 2 hours at the zoo and could easily have spent more. We didn’t get to go on the bus tour thing, as we were never there at the right time, and there were other animals up the back we didn’t get to. Lior really wanted to stay longer, but the days are short here in Tassie in July, so as it neared 4pm we had to go before the sun set on us.

On the way back to Hobart we had go through Richmond so we quickly stopped to check out the oldest bridge in Australia! Apparently it’s also the second most photographed bridge in Australia (I’m going to assume Sydney Harbour Bridge is first?!). I got some lovely photos of Eli smiling at Lior, and one of my favourite photos of Lior hugging Eli & I. LOVE!

Lior totally surprised me by picking up the camera and actually being able to point it AT SOMETHING instead of the ground like he normally does. And then he surprised me again because he could actually press the trigger as well! So I ended up with a few photos of me breastfeeding Eli. Lots of blurry and out of focus ones of course, but Lior totally understood when I explained to him that he needed to find something he wanted to take a photo of, aim, and then press the trigger. I mean, I’ve been teaching him this for MONTHS, but this was the first day he got it, so yay! 

For dinner this night I cooked up some sausages at home with a pre bought salad from Woolies. This is a definite advantage of staying in an airbnb place (or any place with a kitchen) – you can save a bucket load of money while travelling just by cooking one or two meals a day (or even just a week!) at ‘home’. Sausages for dinner cost us about $10 for all the ingredients, and we’ll be having the leftovers another night as well, so that’s a lot cheaper than $30+ for dinner out somewhere which is what it costs us nowadays, even for takeaway. I’ll share some good cooking while you travel tips soon. :)