Thursday, June 11, 2020

Tasmania travels - Hobart Town

Up early for a quick walk around Salamanca Markets, where lots of pretty things were to be found and bought. 
We found the crowds a bit overwhelming and decided to head for the hills and the Truganini Conservation Area, about 10km from the city.

We took a short walk along the Truganini Track and around the Historic Mt Nelson Signal Station. The grassy area had great views over Hobart and Bruny Island - perfect for when Mt Wellington is hiding under the clouds. 

Which it did. Every other day we were there. 

HobartNext stop was Wrest Point as it was on the  list of Tiger Track stamp venues.
We happily received an impressive stamp that filled a whole page of our book. 
Almost as big as the real thing. 

HobartTiger Track Stamps

A wander around the waterfront and beautifully manicured lawns was a nice way to spend some time and the views were pretty darned great. 


A short drive back to the city had us arriving at The ‘Tench’ Penitentiary Chapel. Over 40,000 convicts passed through here on their way to the various penal colonies. Cells, gallows, courtrooms and information boards told the tale of the convicts that once were here.  It was a short visit for us, but worth popping in for a self guided tour of the historic site.


Walking down towards the waterfront, we passed by the Oldest  Pub in Australia,  the Hope and Anchor.
We saw some laneway street art of a Tasmanian Tiger...

Street Art Hobart
... and got up close and personal with a real one at TMAG.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Customs House Hotel was good for a cheeky afternoon glass of something and some share plates for a late lunch/early dinner.  A favourite of yachties, one wall features photographs of past winners of the Sydney to Hobart Race. 
On one occasion, we had been in town on the 28th December and watched the winners come into the harbour, after their 2 day sail along the East coast and across Bass Strait.
I'll stick with a comfy trip on the Spirit of Tasmania, thanks. 

Constitution Dock has to be one of the most picturesque places in Australia. Those stunning old buildings in their pastel colours and that harbour with pink skies reflected on its glassy waters. Stunning.


And then there's the fantastic pubs and restaurants in the precinct, where seafood and fresh local produce make for amazing meals to remember for a long time to come. We ate dessert at The Lounge by Frogmore Creek more than once. The sweet treats were works of art. Almost too good to eat. 


We walked out of there, feeling as stuffed as that Tassie Tiger at TMAG.
A good sleep was next on our to-do-list, as we had a big day ahead at Bruny Island.

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