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Tassie Trip: Hobart

  • February 19, 2020
  • By 50 Shades
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Tassie Trip: Hobart

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.

Tassie Trp: Hobart

Tasman Bridge Hobart

Derwent Bridge & Lake St Clair

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.

Cosy Warm Fireside at the Derwent Bridge Hotel

Cosy Warm Fireside at the Derwent Bridge Hotel

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.

Overland Track Sign Lake St Clair

Overland Track Sign Lake St Clair

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.

Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair

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.

Tassie Trip: HObart

Wall in The Wilderness at Derwent Bridge

Tarraleah

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.

Nive River Hydro-Electrics near Tarraleah

Nive River Hydro-Electrics near Tarraleah

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.

Hamilton

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.

Historical Buildings in Hamilton

Historical Buildings in Hamilton

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.

Hobart

Salamanca Place

Salamanca Place

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.

Things To Do in Hobart

Our two days in Hobart consisted of:

  • It was an eye-opening and interesting visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) at Berriedale north of the city. Some of the exhibits here are aimed to shock and dismay visitors, for example there is a ‘poo machine’ that emulates the human digestive system that actually has a bowel movement at precisely 2pm every day!

    MONA exhibit Hobart

    MONA exhibit Hobart

  • A visit to Hobart’s and Australia’s oldest operating brewery, Cascade Brewery where you can take a guided tour of the brewery, sample some of the beer or just amble through the grounds and gardens of the brewhouse and reception centre.

    Cascade Brewery Hobart

    Cascade Brewery Hobart

  • A glimpse into Tasmania’s convict past at the Cascade Female Factory, that tells the sad tale of many poor female souls who were interred here during the 1800’s.

    Cascade Female Factory

    Cascade Female Factory

  • A leisurely stroll around the Royal Botanical Gardens, the second oldest gardens in Australia that boasts an impressive range of native and exotic plants.

    Royal Botanical Gardens

    Royal Botanical Gardens

  • A wander around Hobart’s waterfront, Sullivans Cove that extends from Salamanca Place to Hunter Street, where there are still old warehouse buildings lining the harbours.

    Waterfront Hobart

    Waterfront Hobart

  • A look around Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum where you will learn about Australia’s Antarctic history and exploration.

    Mawsons Hut Replica

    Mawsons Hut Replica

  • A browse through the Salamanca Markets with the amazing backdrop of 1830’s sandstone warehouses.

    Salamanca Markets

    Salamanca Markets

  • Enjoyed a meal of fish and chips at Battery Point on the waterfront and took in the stunning harbour views.

    Statues on Waterfront

    Statues on Waterfront

  • Took a guided tour aboard the Aurora Australis, Australia’s only ice-breaker ship. An interesting ship that is in involved in ongoing scientific research in the Antarctic and Macquarie Island.

    Aurora Australis Ice Breaker

    Aurora Australis Ice Breaker

  • Enjoyed a coffee at this great Hobart coffee shop, that is amongst the vast number of the cafe culture that exists in this city.
Gorgeous Courtyard Cafe in Hobart

Gorgeous Courtyard Cafe in Hobart

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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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By 50 Shades, February 19, 2020 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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50 Shades

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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8 Comments
  • raehilhorst
    March 11, 2016

    Hi Kathy, how many days was your trip. Planning for next year x

    • Kathy
      March 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! :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    March 11, 2016

    Ah, I’d love to spend three or four days in Hobart. I would like to revisit Salamanca Place in particular.

    • Kathy
      March 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@untoldmorsels
    March 13, 2016

    Ooh I love Tassie! Did you go to MONA – that is in my opinion the best museum/gallery in Australia

    • Kathy
      March 13, 2016

      Yes we did go to MONA. What an interesting art gallery. It was certainly different and eye-opening! :)

  • Anne
    March 14, 2016

    Salamanca Markets are really cool. Well at least they were about 16 years ago when I was last in Tassie!!

    • Kathy
      March 15, 2016

      Yes Salamanca Markets are still cool! I really enjoyed Hobart. Such a sophisticated little city with an intriguing convict history.

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