Mona, Tasmania

by Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Janelle Noble is the Concierge at the MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (Mona), Australia’s largest private museum. Mona is located in Berriedale, a 15-minute drive from Hobart’s centre, or 30-minutes by fast ferry from Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier. Mona houses ancient, modern and contemporary art and was founded by philanthropist and collector David Walsh in 2011. Guests stay in one of Mona’s eight, one- or two-bedroom pavilions, named after influential Australian artists and architects. The artist-inspired pavilions are named: CHARLES, ARTHUR, SIDNEY and BRETT and each has an original painting by its namesake. The pavilions designed by and named after Architects Designhaus, Crawford, Padas and Sherman are called: ROY, ROBIN, ESMOND and WALTER. The pavilions are designed by Nonda Katsalidis in association with the Antarctica Group. Let’s hear how Janelle responds to our list of questions about how to get the most out of a visit to Mona… 

Janelle Noble. Photo: Jesse Hunniford.

Most popular request…
‘Can we meet David Walsh?’

Walter Pavilion: A two-bedroom configuration named after American architect, Walter Burley Griffin best known for winning the Australian Government’s competition to design the city of Canberra in 1912. Photo: Brett Boardman.

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off…

The Winston, great food and beer which the owners brew themselves.  Plus a variety of Australian and American beers on tap & live music regularly.

Best coffee…
Villino Coffee in Criterion St, centre of Hobart!
Where we must go for lunch…
Templo – A very small restaurant hidden in the back streets of Hobart that serves shared food at communal tables; a great experience.
It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do…
Museum of Old & New Art’s subterranean galleries are perfect for a rainy day. Explore the nooks and crannies of three floors of exhibitions, including David Walsh’s personal collection, Monanisms.

Brett Pavilion: Brett Whiteley (1939–92) was one of Australia’s most successful and popular artists. Photo: Rémi Chauvin.

 

 

 

 

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving…

Walk amongst a wide range of native wildlife, picturesque alpine vegetation and amazing scenery at the absolutely beautiful Russell Falls.  This is located inside the Mount Field National Park and is around a one-hour drive from Hobart.
What she loves about the hotel… 
Mona offerings on site are vast and the exhibition changes on a regular basis which keeps things really interesting and keeps guests returning.
You can dine in The Source Restaurant for lunch on one of the live garden tables, watch the James Turrell light work Amarna (2015) sequence at sunrise & sunset, or have the Mona mixologist serve you up an artistic drink while admiring the 250-million-year-old Triassic sandstone wall, cut 17 metres into the Void.  So much to do and love!

Robin Pavilion: This one-bedroom pavilion, designed by Fender Katsalidis, takes its name from celebrated Australian architect Robin Boyd. Photo: Rémi Chauvin.

Anything else we should know about when visiting…

Allow more than a couple of days when travelling and visit as many of Tasmania’s regions as you can as they all have some very unique offerings.

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Main image of Mona by Rémi Chauvin.