we (hubby and I) spent monday and most of tuesday in Hobart which was a real treat especially as the weather was pretty good. We stayed at Hotel Collins which was really good-spacious, comfortable and clean-and central.
We started monday with a brisk walk around the beautiful old houses at Battery Point then caught the 9.30am ferry to MONA which was stunning. Whatever you do, whether an art lover or not, this is a sensory experience that can't be missed. What a stunning gallery. Even better, you carry round a little Ipod type gadget which gives you info on all the art works and records whether you like them or hate them, then later you receive an e mail to remind you what you saw and what you liked, or didn't. Terrific!
We had a car so drove up to Mount Wellington that afternoon, a surprisingly long drive, and the view was absolutely stunning. Oh my gosh!
We had dinner at a lovely restaurant at Battery Point-I have forgotten the name, but there are many to choose from- and then wandered around the port, checking out the massive Antarctic supply ships.
Tuesday also began with a walk around Battery Point and we found a wonderful bakery/coffee shop maybe on Sandy Bay Road?
We then went to the Convict Factory next to Cascade Brewery. Now if you just poke your nose in you'll see some old ruins and move on but we went on a tour with a guide who brought the place alive for us and we were riveted. It is a wonderful site and was quite a highlight for us. After lunch back at our bakery we headed for the Botannical Gardens-gorgeous. The Antartic House was closed unfortunately but the ABC Gardens were full of life with film crews and Tino shooting for Gardening Australia-made my day!
And then, alas, we had to move on. So much left to see and do.
Thanks to everyone for great info on this forum and thanks especially to you, Luigi, for your advice. We didn't follow it all but...when it comes down to it , it's good to have time to just explore and get a feeling for a place rather than follow a tight schedule.