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The Aløft dining room fills with a thousand dancing points of light as the sun glances off the Derwent River near Sullivans Cove in the heart of Hobart. Two floors up on a floating pier this modern restaurant has one of the best waterside views in the nation. The philosophy and aesthetics reflect the modern Scandi trend of eating locally using only seasonal local and, sometimes, foraged food. This is blended with a cuisine that…

With the great gin revival a certified trend, Australian distillers are looking to their backyards for inspiration. Remedy by Reed and Co Pure mountain spring water is essential to Bright chef Hamish Nugent’s pet project – gin. He has also embraced native Australian botanicals, alongside juniper, to make his wonderfully perfumed spirit. His distillery is based at 15 Wills Street, Bright, in a former mechanic’s workshop that has been transformed into a great new food…

A hidden gem plating up farm-fresh produce and bakery perfection. You have to go out of your way to get to Pigeon Hole. The little café, a good 15-minute walk from the centre of Hobart, is in an old shop with a burnished brick façade and aged stainless steel window and door. It is also one of the best little places to eat paddock-to-plate food in the nation. Pigeon Hole Café is owned by farmers…

It’s time to wine and dine on the Apple Isle Why eat in a bland room when you can dine in an orchard, on a tiny island or in an art gallery? New restaurant openings in Tasmania show what a creative bunch get up to when they’re hungry. Leading the pack is the The Lounge by Frogmore Creek (winery), which has hung its shingle in the MAC01 building on Hobart’s waterfront. It serves not only…

It is a most beautiful and dramatic location for a hotel. Perched on the edge of Macquarie wharf in the heart of Hobart is the new MACq 01. Built on the footprint of a historic wharf shed, MACq 01 is sympathetic but not sycophantic in its tribute to the district’s maritime architecture. Formed concrete, bare wood and dark glass are the materials. The dark waters of Sullivans Cove are the foreground, the fishing boats moored…