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Mona, Hobart, Tasmania

20 February 2016

Words: Gina Johnson / Images: Mona

Tasmania is fast evolving as new frontier in luxury travel, and located in the northern district of the state’s capital of Hobart is the Museum Of Old And New Art, colloquially known as Mona, which houses the private collection of eccentric Antipodean collector David Walsh.

A fully immersive experience allows guests to check in to one of the eight pavilions each named after renowned Australian artists and architects. The three-level, metal encased penthouse called ‘Roy’ – a nod to Australian architect Roy Grounds – is a construction to behold with its edgy art display, minimalist furnishings and Derwent river views. The aspirational French-inspired menu at flagship restaurant The Source borders on molecular gastronomy and uses some of the best of local produce.

Performance is at the heart of everything at Mona, and it’s only once you’re descended 17 metres underground, via a maze of purposefully convoluted dark passage ways, that you are finally confronted by this artistic lair: the world’s largest private collection of modern and new art.

mona.net.au

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