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Five things to do in Hobart

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  1. Museum of Old and New Art. Plan to spend the day at David Walsh's astonishing MONA. Non-Tasmanians pay $25 entry. Take a break at the adjacent winery and sample delicious foods and wines. Book the Mona Roma ferry ($20 return or $50 for the posh pit seats) and enjoy a panoramic view of the Derwent River.
  2. Bruny Island. Take Rick Pennicott's award-winning tour of the windswept island, including a three-hour boat trip along the towering, rugged coastline where you will see fur seals, migrating whales, majestic birdlife and giant kelp forests growing in the clear waters. Full day from Hobart costs $195 for adults and $140 for children aged 3 to 16. Or drive to Bruny and take the three-hour cruise from Adventure Bay for $125 ($75). Stop for a tasting at Bruny Island Cheese Company and fresh oysters at Get Shucked Oyster Farm.
  3. Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. See how polar explorer Douglas Mawson and his 17-man scientific team lived and worked in Antarctica in 1911-14. By visiting this faithful replica at Constitution Dock your $12 entry goes to the restoration of the original buildings that remain at Cape Denison at Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica.
  4. Salamanca Markets on a Saturday. Mingle with the locals at this sprawling market, which started over 40 years ago, surrounded by the colonial sandstone warehouses built in the 1830s. Shop at over 300 stalls selling craft, organic foods, antiques, alpaca throws and Huon pine products while the buskers play.
  5. Battery Point. Wander the lanes of this picturesque heritage area adjacent to Salamanca Place that harks back to Hobart's maritime past. You will find a mix of tiny fisherman's cottages, grand homes with lacework, St George's Anglican Church, stylish cafes and restaurants. Pop into the Shipwrights Arms Hotel for a drink and Magic Curries for north Indian food.

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Susan has been a finance journalist for more than 30 years, beginning at the Australian Financial Review before moving to the Sydney Morning Herald. She edited a superannuation magazine, Superfunds, for the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and writes regularly on superannuation and managed funds. She's also author of the best-selling book Women and Money.
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