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.

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.

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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