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So it was the end of the road for us on our Tassie adventure, as we arrived into the capital city of Tasmania, Hobart. However prior to arriving in Hobart we travelled through some spectacular countryside from Derwent Bridge via Tarraleah, Hamilton and New Norfolk following the Derwent River for most of the way.
The halfway point on the drive between Hobart and Strahan, Derwent Bridge is named after it’s crossing at the source of the mighty Derwent River. We spent a night here by the cosy open fire at the Derwent Bridge Hotel after a very chilly day.
Although only a very small town, Derwent Bridge sits right near the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park at the southern end of the Overland Track. The overland Track hike is a 65 kilometre, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
It’s just 5 kilometres from Lake St Clair and some of Tasmania’s most stunning wilderness. Lake St Clair is Australia’s deepest freshwater lake and can be explored on a scenic cruise with spectacular views of the mountain peaks surrounding the lake.
Whilst here you must check out the Wall in The Wilderness, a stunning wood carving depicting the area’s history that is still work in progress.
Just past the township of Tarraleah, once home to workers on one of Australia’s first hydro-electric schemes, we came to the Nive River and the beginning of extensive power stations in the highlands.
Tarraleah has been restored as an idyllic village with original cottages that were hand-built in the 1930s and is a very quiet little spot offering plenty of outdoor activities, including fly fishing and high-altitude golf, on a course tended by the local wallabies.
Located 74 kilometres northwest of Hobart on the Lyell Highway, Hamilton is a typical Tasmanian historic town that dates back to the early nineteenth century.
Hamilton was once a bustling frontier town that contained many inns and several working breweries. It was once destined to be the capital of Tasmania despite its vast distance from any port.
It contains a few small shops and buildings, such as the court house, the old schoolhouse, St Peter’s Church and the Hamilton Inn, many of them dating back to convict times.
Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart sits under the watchful eye of Mt Wellington and hugs the wide expanse of the Derwent Estuary. The wonderful thing about Hobart is that is has retained much of its original charm and heritage that is evidenced in its many historical Georgian-style sandstone buildings spread around the city.
Our two days in Hobart consisted of:
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The convict history, the Derwent River waterfront, the Salamanca Markets, Australia’s oldest brewery, the glorious Botanical Gardens and the abundance of restaurants and cafes all added to the charm of Hobart. I simply loved the place and found it so easy to get around the city on foot. Hobart is one place that I could easily lose myself for days!
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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raehilhorstMarch 11, 2016
Hi Kathy, how many days was your trip. Planning for next year x
KathyMarch 11, 2016
Hi Rae, we took 12 days to go right around Tassie, but I would suggest maybe a few more days as we didn’t fit it all in! :)
budgettraveltalkMarch 11, 2016
Ah, I’d love to spend three or four days in Hobart. I would like to revisit Salamanca Place in particular.
KathyMarch 12, 2016
You could easily spend 3 or 4 days here Jan. There is a lot to do and see in Hobart and the surrounding area.:)
katy@untoldmorselsMarch 13, 2016
Ooh I love Tassie! Did you go to MONA – that is in my opinion the best museum/gallery in Australia
KathyMarch 13, 2016
Yes we did go to MONA. What an interesting art gallery. It was certainly different and eye-opening! :)
AnneMarch 14, 2016
Salamanca Markets are really cool. Well at least they were about 16 years ago when I was last in Tassie!!
KathyMarch 15, 2016
Yes Salamanca Markets are still cool! I really enjoyed Hobart. Such a sophisticated little city with an intriguing convict history.