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Hobart Alcohol History and Tasting Tour
- Local libations: Hit up unique venues and sample artisanal wine, whisky, and ciders with your guide and local experts who will help you appreciate the delicious flavors and subtleties of each drink.
- Brew-story: Hear all about the fascinating role alcohol consumption played from early colonial days to present day boutique brewing, distilling, and winemaking in Hobart.
- Rough beginnings: Discover the secrets and scandals of Hobart, including its penal-colony start, shipping past, and the colorful characters who made it the city all it is today.
- Bush Inn: Visit Australia's oldest accommodations, serving guests since 1825. Named after a colonial-era clergyman's clerk, the inn features a long-standing pub and a reportedly haunted guest room.
About this Hobart Tour
Considering the rogue nature of colonial Tasmania, you may not be surprised that alcoholic drinks have been part of the local scene since the beginning. So why not enjoy familiarizing yourself about both on this uncommon walking tour along Hobart's waterfront? You'll taste the best local wines, ciders, and whisky varieties, and embark on one of the most interesting history lessons ever.
Starting your imbibers' walk on the waterfront and following the streets to the City Centre (or CBD) and on to modern Salamanca Place, you'll find out how colonists first created their drinks. You'll also observe how present-day boutique breweries, wineries, and distilleries continue the tradition. Don't worry about bringing your money to taste the drinks, because it's all included in the price of the tour.
Your entertaining and well-informed tour guide will regale your group with stories about the diverse settlers who arrived in Hobart and contributed to its unique character. You'll tour the buildings where spirits were manufactured, stored (maybe even hidden or confiscated), and consumed by the people who endured tough times and an even tougher environment with a few nips of spirits.
Along the way, you'll learn the intriguing backstory of Australia's oldest licensed hotel, the Bush Inn, and its haunted legacy. Get ready to discover the fate of four million bottles of beer in a single afternoon, the location of the first pop-tops for beer cans, and most of all, why Tasmania is the best place in Australia to produce alcohol.
The Bush Inn's little girl ghost
When the Bush Inn opened two centuries ago, a young colonial girl supposedly fell down the staircase and died. Guests and current inn lessee Don Smith have encountered her spirit, mostly in Room Six where there is only a spare single bed and a chair. Mr. Smith stayed in the hotel alone during his first night of management, and reported, "I can tell you, it was pretty scary."
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (greater than one mile), with many steps to climb. It is not wheelchair accessible. Travelers with limited mobility may not see all sites fully but can participate at their discretion.
Food & Wine, Shopping, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. All children must have their own safety seat.
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days� advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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