About the area
Just a short distance from Hobart CBD, the riverside suburb of Taroona is the ideal location for those wanting to be just a little out of the hustle and bustle, yet still be within 10 minutes drive of the city. Restaurants, beaches, cafés and shops are all close by and public transport is available within a few metres of the apartment.
Being relatively level and close to the river, Taroona is both a cyclist’s paradise and a great area to walk. We have two TREK FX 7.1 flat-bar road bicycles for those who wish to use them: a 44.5cm men’s and a 38cm women’s… and helmets, of course! There are a number of sandy beaches, all within easy walking distance and there is a really pretty coastal walking track. Truganini Reserve, at the northern Taroona boundary, has a steep walking track leading to the semaphore station at Mount Nelson. The round-trip takes about an hour and a half (and is great for your knees!), but you need to be fit.
The old, but little-used, Channel Highway provides picturesque access to the Channel district south of Hobart. At the southern end of Taroona, you will find the historic Shot Tower, a sandstone tower constructed in 1870 by Joseph Moir. Although originally used to make gun shot, one can now climb the 318 steps to the top to view the fantastic Derwent estuary. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of one of the Southern Right Whales that are just coming back into the River Derwent for the first time since whaling ceased well over 100 years ago.
Just 5 minutes by car from the apartment is our great local corner store, Lipscombe Larder, on Sandy Bay Road. There you will find a fabulous variety of fresh ingredients, fresh-cooked breads, prepared uncooked meals, cooked takeaways and a well-stocked delicatessen with Tassie free-range processed meats and other specialties. They also have a wonderful selection of fine Tasmanian wines. It’s a definite favourite with locals. More basic food outlets, such as the two main supermarket chains, are 8 mins drive away in Sandy Bay.
About 2 kms south south of the Apartment on Channel Highway is the Taroona Lounge Bar – good food with a family environment and wonderful river views. The Picnic Basket – our local café, is just across the road from the Lounge Bar. Another good eatery is Sandy Bay Wood-fired Pizzas at Long Beach, Lower Sandy Bay – no EFTPOS so make sure you’ve got cash for their fabulous gourmet pizzas! There is a lovely stroll to be had along the beach and around the rocks. There are public BBQs in the Long Beach recreation area as well as at Taroona Beach at the end of Taroona Crescent.