Historic Hobart & MONA Museum Weekend
The last weekend of summer!
Fri February 28 to Sun March 1, 2020
Tassie Kayaking Fun!
Nestled between river and mountain, Hobart has one of the most picturesque harbours in the world. We’ll have two easy paced paddles over the weekend; one full day paddle to the sea caves and hidden beaches, and the second will be a 2-hour sunset paddle around the historic harbour and Salamanca.
Our visit to MONA is the grand finale to a weekend of paddling, food and culture. The weekend will be hosted by Bryon Merzeo, one of Freedom Outdoors regular Sydney-based guides, assisted by passionate and experienced local guides.
Fly down Friday morning, back late Sunday afternoon. Everything is organised for you and you’ll be pampered all the way. This trip is suitable for all kayakers, including those new to our sport.
Friday February 28:
The beautiful waterfront harbour will greet you on arrival Friday, as we meet at our hotel lobby to embark on a 2-hour paddle along the coastline. Book your flight to land by 1pm at the latest in order to check into your room and get settled.
At 3pm we will depart on foot from the hotel to the kayak launch point. We’ve arranged for local marine conservationist Eloise Carr, who has been working to improve the way we manage our oceans for two decades, to provide an introduction to local marine life. Bryon and our local Hobart kayak guides will then lead us along the waterway in our stable two-person sea kayaks.
Bring your waterproof camera as the sun setting on the sandstone buildings is remarkable. Your discovery of Hobart wouldn’t be complete without some locally caught fish and chips. Enjoy them with the best view in town – straight from your kayak!
We finish the paddle just a short stroll to our hotel, allowing us time to freshen up for the evening. You are welcome to call it an early night in preparation for the paddle tomorrow. Or walk with Bryon to a local restaurant along the harbour for a meal (we’ll let you choose and pay for your own food and drink to keep it simple).
Saturday February 29:
We will step out of our hotel nice and early, into the wonderful Salamanca markets, Tasmania’s most visited attraction, for breakfast and strolling. For nearly 50 years the market has been entertaining locals with its craft, food and fun.
Gathering back at the hotel mid-morning, we will be picked up by a private bus to take us out for the full day paddle to the sea caves and beaches near Hobart. White-bellied sea eagles, stingrays, seals and if we’re lucky a pod of dolphins or a migrating whale all call this Marine Reserve home, so keep your eyes out and cameras ready!
The pace of the paddle will be easy going as we take in the sights. Lunch is provided with a focus on fresh Tasmanian produce.
Saturday night we will visit one of our favourite indoor/outdoor venues for happy hour before settling in at a local venue for dinner in the historic district.
Sunday March 1:
It’s all about relaxing today! There are a few excellent cafés we will choose from for breakfast together, then Bryon will walk all of us down to the ferry wharf for our travel to and from MONA in style!
Seated in the POSH PIT VIP section, you’ll be looked after with canapés and beverages. Upon arrival at the museum, your ticket will allow quick entry to the sandstone basement bar where the fun begins! Founded by David Walsh, MONA is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere and showcases ancient, modern and contemporary art – “a subversive Disneyland”.
Stay as long as you wish, then return to Hobart by ferry (VIP ticket provided) or catch an Express bus direct to the airport (at your cost).
We finish the paddle just a short stroll to our hotel, allowing us time to freshen up for the evening. You are welcome to call it an early night in preparation for the paddle tomorrow.
Or walk with Bryon to a local restaurant along the harbour for a meal (we’ll let you choose and pay for your own food and drink to keep it simple).
Led by Bryon Merzeo
Nearly an honorary resident of Tasmania, Bryon loves introducing people to the picturesque harbour town of Hobart. The local food spots, breweries and historic walkways are his specialty.
He frequently takes groups to MONA and has arranged group photos with David Walsh. Bryon is a Paddle NSW certified guide, is first aid certified and a mental health responder.
He has been involved with Freedom Outdoors from the start.
Weekend package details:
Accommodation is twin share at a three or four-star hotel in the town centre. Queen bed or two singles can be arranged upon your request.
Single supplement is $230.
Inclusions: Freedom Outdoors tour guide and host for the duration of the trip. Two nights hotel accommodation, all kayak equipment, boat hire, and local experienced guides, bus transport to and from the Saturday paddle, snacks on Friday’s paddle, prepared lunch on Saturday paddle. MONA return ferry journey, entrance fee, canapés and beverages on both journeys of the MONA ferry.
Not included are your flights to Hobart, airport transfers (although you can share a taxi together as others will likely be on your same flight), your personal food and drink consumption unless specified. If conditions preclude kayaking, other activities will be substituted.
Secure your spot with non-refundable deposit of $195 by clicking the green button.
Balance due January 15, 2020. Balance is non-refundable after January 15.
We strongly recommend you take out cancellation insurance for the trip and flights.
Maximum of 14 guests to ensure a small group experience.
Although we are confident this trip will fill, a minimum of 10 is required for it to proceed, with full refund if fewer than 10 sign up.