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Discovery Directory: Things to See, Eat & Do in Mornington Hobart

10 Mar 2020

Discovery Directory: Things to See, Eat & Do in Mornington Hobart  

Just 10 minutes from Hobart, in the shadow of Mount Rumney, Discovery Parks - Mornington Hobart provides easy access to main roads, the airport, the beach and a heap of tourist attractions. Tiptoe through local history, get up close and personal with native animals, wander around picturesque gardens, take a cruise down the Derwent River or browse galleries and shops.

With all the See, Eat and Do delights of Hobart on your doorstep, you’ll start to understand why the Destination Tasmania catchcry is “Come Down For Air” and why Discovery Parks – Mornington Hobart is the ideal accommodation base.



Take the short drive from our holiday park to Sullivan’s Cove and get ready for the perfect Hobart excursion on the River Derwent with Peppermint Bay Cruises. Departing from Brooke Street Pier, you’ll sail the harbour on a luxury catamaran with dolphins by your side and a fresh, local produce lunch on your plate. Take in the picturesque view of the city landscape and Bruny Island while sipping on local Tasmanian wine and craft brews.

Get up close and personal with Tasmanian wildlife at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife park is open daily with free guided tours throughout the day where you can meet wombats and koala and learn about the Tassie mascot, the Tasmanian Devil, are they really a devil or just misunderstood?!

Wander around 14-hectares of picturesque landscape at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Stroll through The Conservatory, admire the Lily Pond, take an insta-worthy pic under the Anniversary Arch or Arthur Wall and, finish the day with a meal at Succulent Restaurant with vista views of the river and garden.Discovery Parks Mornington Hobart - things to see, eat and do


The Apple Isle is a foodie’s paradise with so much local food and beverage to make you salivate. Whet your appetite with the various food and wine trails to sample cider and craft beers, fresh seafood, handmade chocolates and cheeses. But, if you want all the flavours in a single stop, head to Salamanca Place with its cafes, galleries and boutiques. Every Saturday, wander around 300 stalls at the famous Salamanca Market for all sorts of crafts and foods.

Gourmets will love to watch their meal being crafted in the kitchen from local produce at Peacock and Jones, in an old sandstone warehouse on Hobart’s iconic waterfront. The menu and wine list are carefully curated featuring every taste from Tassie including seafood to farm-fresh lamb to a cheeky chardonnay.

Mum, dad and the kids will love the hustle and bustle of the Urban Greek. This restaurant brings big Greek family hospitality with their Cretian food designed to be shared. Lick your lips at traditional meze items, family recipes with a modern twist and even something for the vegetarian eater – no wonder this place gets rave reviews!

For a pint of beer with a cider of history (see what we did there!), head to the Cascade Brewery Company. Tour Australia’s oldest operational brewery, enrol in beer school or, have a long lunch with accompanying ale and, if you’re there at the right time, even some live music.Discovyer Parks Mornington Hobart - things to see, eat and do


People come from everywhere to visit the playful and edgy Museum of New and Old Art (Mona) with its out-there exhibitions, including the Pharos light exhibition, billed as a refresher course in being a child and there’s Tim, the former tattoo parlour manager from Zurich whose tattooed back is a work of art. He’s sat for the museum for 3,500 hours since 2011 – odd but strangely compelling! Impress the kids with a visit to the giant poo machine and the room filled with rainbows at Mona. Drive from our holiday park or, take the 25-minute Mona ferry ride from Brooke Street Pier for two, fun tourist experiences in one. 

** MONA is closed indefinitely due to the current uncertainty regarding COVID-19. Please check the museum’s website for updates (posted 17 March 2020).

National parks areas are littered across this tiny state and none are more impressive than Mount Wellington. With its wealth of picturesque wilderness and outdoor activities, it’s well worth the 30-minute drive from our holiday park. With a heap of different tours and trails to follow, your sight-seeing adventure will be ever-changing where you explore the reserve on foot, horse or maintain bike. Just make sure you stop at the historic huts dotted through the park for a picnic with a view.

For a hit of horrible history, creep yourself out at the Cascades Female Factory with a guided tour that re-enacts female convict history or, head to explore the underground tunnels, solitary cells and gallows of the Hobart Convict Penitentiary.  

Looking for something a little paranormal? Head to the Port Arthur Historic Site and feel the eeriness of the ruins with interactive exhibits, displays and experiences. The sites guided tours aren’t for the faint-hearted; freak out with an adults-only night encounter and some serious ghost hunting with paranormal testing equipment or, live a walking true crime novel “meeting” the convicts who attempted to escape the prison walls.Discovery Parks Mornington Hobart - Things to see, eat and doAre you a G’DAY REWARDS Member? ExperienceOZ has heaps of amazing Adelaide adventures for you to choose from and, you’ll save 15% on all experience bookings* Not a member? Find out more about being one here


** Due to the current uncertainty regarding COVID-19, many individual events are being cancelled. Before attending any events, please seek instruction and advice direct from the event organiser to check if the event is still proceeding (posted 17 March 2020).

Plan your Tasmanian adventure around some the of region’s best events month-by-month.

January Taste of Tasmania  The first weekend in January annually showcases the largest and most significant food and wine festival in the state on the waterfront in Hobart
February  Australian Wooden Boat Festival  Come celebrate our nation's rich maritime culture at Constoitution Dock with more than 500 beautiful wooden boats on dispaly 
February  Hobart Cup  A classic race day with thoroughbred horses, fashion, celebrities and entertainment. Celebrate this 4-day summer event with a fascinator and flutter on the gigis
February  Tasmanian Wine Festival  Across 2 days, sample a glass of local vino (or two) at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
March  Spiegeltent Hobart 

See the finest cabaret, acrobatic, comedy, theatre and music acts at this pop-up venue on the waterfront at Princes Wharf No 1

Due to the current uncertainty regarding COVID-19, many individual events are being cancelled. Before attending any events, please seek instruction and advice direct from the event organiser to check if the event is still proceeding (posted 17 March 2020).

April  Derwent Valley Autumn Festival  Enjoy a perfect Autumn day with the best regional food, wine and beer, local arts & crafts and live entertainment
July   Festival of Voices 

Bring your singing voice and don’t miss a beat at this joyful singing festival with workshops, pop-up choirs, performances and a major finale concert  

Due to the current uncertainty regarding COVID-19, many individual events are being cancelled. Before attending any events, please seek instruction and advice direct from the event organiser to check if the event is still proceeding (posted 17 March 2020).

August   Tasmanian Whisky Week  Celebrate Tasmanian distilleries with a single malt at events held at various bars barns, stables, restaurants and hotels
August  AFL Matches  Get up their Cazaly and come over for an AFL game at Bellerive Oval  
October Royal Hobart Show  Celebrate the sights, sounds and smells of rural Australia’s country heritage and agriculture in a carnival atmosphere
November  Hobart Christmas Pageant  The countdown to Christmas is on with this Christmas street parade welcoming Santa Clause to town with a collection of floats
December Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race  Described as one of the most gruelling ocean races in the world, the annual race begins in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day and finishes in Hobart at the Hobart Race Village at Constitution Dock


Discovery Parks – Mornington Hobart only offers cabin-style accommodation:  

  • Our top of the range Superior Cabins
  • Middle-class Standard Cabins
  • Open-plan Economy Cabins that are affordable and provide basic-comforts

Discovery Parks Mornington Hobart - Park AerialWe recommend couples stay in a newly refurbished Superior Spa Cottage Cabin and enjoy a spa bath overlooking the fern garden, rest up in a queen bed and lounge with a snug gas log heater. Discovery Parks Mornington Hobart - Superior CabinWhile families will appreciate the creature comforts in our Standard Cabins (sleeping from 2 to 6 people) including a fully equipped kitchen, ensuite bathroom, electric heating and pine bunks that the kids will love.Discovery Parks Mornington Hobart - Standard CabinIf you do need site accommodation for your caravan or motorhome, head up the road on a short 10-minute drive to Discovery Parks – Hobart. The park managers will be able to make your stay comfortable with an ensuite or powered site.


Experience Discovery Parks – Mornington Hobart for yourself.


Need some help to plan a Tasmanian road trip with a multi-park stay? Speak to our experts who will design your ideal holiday itinerary with a distinctly local touch. Email us at  or fill in our online form with how you would like to discover the Apple Isle.


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