In Hobart, spring is a late bloomer. Although the flowers are out and proper warm weather feels closer, the wind still has bite and the nights can feel like a mainlander’s winter.
A Portrait of Hobart in Spring
This might be the best time of year to visit Hobart – and there’s a lot to see. In partnership with Canon, we asked photographer Luke Burgess to shoot his favourite local landscapes using the Canon EOS R series range of cameras and lenses, capturing a vivid and detailed portrait of down south.
Nestled under Mt. Wellington and its blustery winds you can find shelter among the blooms and shoots in the Botanical Gardens. It’s not often on the ‘it’ list for travellers, but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful corners of the city. In particular, I love the Japanese Garden and watching the new foliage emerge.
A short walk into town and en route to Mt Wellington, I like to make my way to the small shops in the city, especially the ones with a particular penchant for food and design. Pigeon Whole Bakery, homewares and art shop LUC Design and Tom McHugos Hobart Hotel pub round out a nice stroll before heading up the mountain.
It’s worth a trip to the top of Mt. Wellington for obvious reasons, but if you want to gain a sense of this former volcano’s previous life, take the North South Track which lands you halfway up the hill and among the lush undergrowth and native subtropical rainforest.
Swimming without a wetsuit is only for the brave, but perching yourself on the sand can be slightly less frightful. Hinsby Beach – a few clicks from town and about 40 minute drive from Mt. Wellington – is a favourite for the locals, with cute little weatherboard houses and the odd caravan floating around. At the beach, you may notice that the average age of Hobartians has fallen in recent years off the back of the “MONA effect”, with a diverse group of city shifters moving south and livening up the capital.
This year was wet by the standards of previous seasons and the weather has been erratic to say the least, but with Hobart being a short drive from the rolling hills of the countryside, I always try to head out to the surrounding areas to visit the small wineries. The greenery is spectacular this year and there are numerous perches to take in the scenery.
Although 2020 has been unusual for all sorts of reasons, spring in Hobart this year is sensational.
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