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6 Ways to Explore Southern Tasmania from Home

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We’re all missing getting out and about in Hobart and beyond. We also feel for the people who have had to postpone their Tassie holidays (though we do very much look forward to welcoming you in the future).

To make the best of being at home, we’ve listed some ways to see Southern Tasmania without leaving your house.


1. Watch TV & film shot in Tasmania

Discover Tasmania from the comfort of your couch. Our little island has become quite popular as a filming location in recent years. It’s always a thrill to see our favourite places wrapped up in drama on the big screen!

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2. Order Tassie goods for delivery

Many local businesses are offering takeaway orders and deliveries, so you can still grab your favourite Friday night takeaway and order yummy Tasmanian produce online. Some businesses have even innovated—a few distilleries started producing hand sanitiser! If it’s a nice day, enjoy your loot as a backyard picnic. Alternatively, make a cosy night of it and set up a fancy floor picnic by the fire inside. Maybe even indulge in a double binge—Tassie made treats and wine and Tassie-filmed TV!

Deliveries aren’t just limited to things you can eat. One great example is Salamanca Market; while this Hobart icon is closed physically, they have launched a virtual marketplace to connect you with the local makers, artists and producers online. Browse the collection of special products—including woodwork, pottery, jams, jewellery, beauty products, and art—on the Salamanca Market Store.

3. Take a TMAG virtual tour

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is currently closed, but you can still make a virtual visit from home. TMAG are sharing a range of videos, posts and other resources on social media exploring different aspects of the museum. Once a week, they do a fun Facebook Live Mystery Tour of selected galleries (don’t worry, the digital tour is also saved for you to enjoy later if you can’t make the live session).

Follow TMAG on YouTubeFacebookTwitter and Instagram for news on upcoming virtual tours and opportunities to engage with selected exhibitions, collections, research and stories. You can also see what other museums around the world are doing by following the hashtag #MuseumFromHome.

4. Stickybeak at spectra

Mona is closed for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean Walshy has stopped thinking about us. Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra is currently beaming up into the heavens from sunset to sunrise, every Saturday night until Mona reopens. ​(Don’t worry, the aliens aren’t arriving—they are doing the right thing and staying home.)

The powerful light is a fitting symbol of hope and unity. We are thrilled to enjoy this wonderful piece of the Dark Mofo spirit after the understandable cancellation of the 2020 festival. Many of us are lucky enough to see it from the backyard! If you can’t see it in person from where you are—or want to see (and hear) it close up—have a stickybeak at the live stream on the Mona website.

Check out the spectra live stream (sound on).

5. Peep at the mountain webcam

Check out the view from the top and admire any snow fall from the warm comfort of your cosy couch! Images from the webcams on the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington automatically update every five minutes on the Hobart City Council website. The mountain has many moods and the views change with the weather. On a grey day, it might just look like you’re in a cloud. On a clear day, the views across Hobart and beyond are awesome!

Check out the kunanyi/Mt Wellington webcams.

6. Experiment with backyard photography

Some folks are lucky enough to have killer views from their backyard (such as the water or kunanyi/Mt Wellington). Get outside, set up the camera, and see what you can capture!

There are lots of different things to experiment with at home. Find a nice spot and have a go at DIY family portraits. If your pet will cooperate, even better (normally an arrangement can be made to pay the talent in treats). Perhaps your garden has beautifully transformed for autumn. Or maybe you have some pretty birds or other wildlife visiting. Look to the sky—sunrise and sunset often provide some nice colours.

This could be a great time to try your hand at night sky photography. Lots of people can see spectra from their backyard. There was even an aurora australis making house calls in mid-April. Embrace your creative side and work with what you’ve got!


We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.


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Artwork: spectra, 2018, Ryoji Ikeda | Photographer: @lauren_m_mac/Instagram

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Isabel Galloway

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