The excitement of the world-class Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is always hard to beat but Tasmania’s capital also has a few surprises in store.

Art fix

Mona? Yes, it’s amazing. But for Hobart’s latest contribution to the art world, head to the Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park. GASP is making big waves, thanks to its award-winning architecture, thought-provoking art and stunning location on the Derwent Estuary. GASP Light NYE 2017 promises to be a chilled-out way to see in the new year and will include the Tasmanian premiere of two Aboriginal contemporary dance works, a program of experimental sound art and music, multicultural food trucks and craft beer.

Liquid views

The Glass House, a waterfront bar poised gracefully at the end of Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier, finally has a rival for our affections. The glamorous new MACq 01 Hotel, which occupies a covetable position on the Ocean Pier site, has a fabulous restaurant and bar from the talented team behind ultra-luxe Saffire Freycinet. Settle into a quilted satin seat – with a gin and tonic made from Tasmania’s own Süd Polaire in hand – and soak up the views.

What to See and Do in Hobart During the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

To market... no, not just that market

While Salamanca Market is a must, Farm Gate Market in the heart of the city is also well worth a visit. Held every Sunday, it’s bursting with Tassie brio in edible form.

Fun dining

After a decade, the refined Smolt restaurant has morphed into Suzie Luck’s Canteen & Cocktail Bar. With its chequerboard-tiled tables, punchy pan-Asian menu and the prettiest cocktails this side of Bass Strait, this Salamanca Square hotspot is ready to party.

What to See and Do in Hobart During the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Downhill all the way

Climbing Mount Wellington? Ho-hum. Instead, be driven to the summit and kitted out with a mountain bike and safety gear then enjoy the guided 2.5-hour ride down, courtesy of Mount Wellington Descent (1800 444 442). It’s 1272 metres to sea level (you’re deposited at Hobart’s waterfront), with amazing views. A rare case of no pain, all gain.

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