An Indagare member recently returned from a vacation in Tasmania. Here are her impressions from the trip.
Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (655 Main Rd.; 61-3-6277-9900; www.mona.net.au) is a very special place to visit, and it is nice to see such a massive investment from a private citizen to create a museum. The space is very impressive and should definitely be on everyone’s Tasmania to-do list. Much of the artwork is provocative and can be shocking, but it was one of the more important cultural experiences I’ve ever had in Australia.
The accommodations at the Pavilions (www.mona.net.au/mona/accommodation/the-pavilions), the museum’s hotel, are mediocre. I would advise people to fly into Hobart, go straight to the museum and then travel to their next destination at the end of the day. The museum can be done in one day. I was expecting Hobart to be a quaint village with unique architecture and local artisans, but I didn’t find it to be all that charming. We had a nice lunch there, but I would not make the effort to spend time there on my next visit.
The highlight of our trip was the Saffire Freycinet (2532 Coles Bay Rd.; 61-3-6256-7888; www.saffire-freycinet.com.au). It is hands down the best place we have stayed in Australia. The interiors are lovely, the service is warm, and the food is superb. All the rooms are gorgeous and feature breathtaking views. Even the pickiest travelers will love it here. The spa is great, as are the activities on offer. We took a helicopter to the resort—an unnecessary but very fun experience.
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