Your tour starts as you depart Hobart for the drive up to the summit of Mt Wellington, topped with snow in the winter months and alpine vegetation all year. Take in wide vistas of the Hobart cityscape below, including the River Derwent and all the way out to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island, if the weather is clear. During your coach drive, you’ll also see Hobart-area sights like Battery Point, Arthur’s Circus, St David’s Park, the historical Anglesea Barracks, the old Female Factory prison, the attractive homes of South Hobart, and the Cascade Valley brewery building.
When you arrive at MONA, located on the Berriedale peninsula on the property of a local winery, admire the museum’s contemporary exterior design before going inside to explore its art collection, owned and exhibited by David Walsh, a Tasmanian entrepreneur who has described the venue as a “subversive adult Disneyland.” Australia’s biggest privately funded museum, it’s home to everything from ancient artifacts to controversial mixed-media installations. If you feel at various times inspired, enthralled and shocked, you’re in good company.
If you get hungry or thirsty, head to the onsite restaurant, cafe or wine bar, with its tasting room that features regional wines (own expense). Then leave the museum to catch the ferry for a river cruise along the Derwent back to Hobart, where your tour ends.