Day 1: Hobart, Tasmania, exploration
We arrived at the airport in Hobart, Australia, in June 2009 through the international flight gate. We disembarked, crossed the tarmac inside the airport, and then crossed the street to the rental car counters since it is a tiny airport. There were just three airlines mentioned.
The Australia we saw on the mainland is quite different from Tasmania. It resembles England or a New England-based U.S. state more. Driving towards Hobart, we saw farms, mountains with lush greenery, and little settlements.
Hobart is a mountainous town mixing the ancient and the modern. Our bed and breakfast, The Lodge at Elizabeth, was a magnificent old home constructed in 1829 at 249 Elizabeth Street, designed by a prisoner. We spent roughly USD 85, or $110 AUS. We walked two blocks to reach north Hobart, where a wide variety of ethnic eateries, including American, Indonesian, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Chinese, and Malaysian. Greg and I went with Fish 349, a unique restaurant that serves tasty Thai fishcakes, baked chorizo and octopus with elderberry sauce, and fried wontons with prawns and crab. Order at the counter, as is customary in much of Australia. Our bill, which included a glass of Tasmanian wine for each of us, was $50 A, or around $40 US. Cheers! The town center and Elizabeth Mall are five blocks south of The Lodge at Elizabeth. There are many different shops; however, most are shut by six o’clock.
Day 2: A tour to Tasmania’s Hobart
Today’s trip had several facets. On Salamanca Street, we first looked around Salamanca Market. Saturdays are open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and the entrance is free. How wonderful for us! The abundance of fruit suggested that it was at its best. The cheeses were excellent and fresh. There were various options for children’s clothing. There were used book stands; knitted hat stands, wooden bowls, cutting boards, platter stands, homemade soap stands, fruit leather stands, arts and crafts stands, flea markets, and so much more. Foods were included so that consumers might stay all day. Even entertainment was available. A Dr. Who book, some prosciutto and cheese, a little cutting board, and other items were all inexpensive. We were tempted to remain longer, but the Apple Museum demanded our attention.
The Apple Museum was entertaining and educational. Jackie, a curator, explained how apples were processed in the 1880s and that Tasmania used to be known as “The Apple Isle.” The 1960s and 1970s were its primes, but the apple business is returning. After Jackie showed us how to use apple peeling equipment, we were allowed to sample some fresh apples. Delicious! It was worth $5.50 A, or around $4.50 US. Wine tasting is next! We made stops at Home Hill Winery and Panorama Winery. We had complimentary wine tastings of several beautiful wines and bought some, including Kruskovak Pear Liqueur from Panorama. Raylene was extraordinarily kind and helpful while making our decision.
The Tahune Skywalk Preserve was our next stop. The views were fantastic as we strolled through a temperate rainforest! We had to go up some steps to get there, but moving about was straightforward once we were on the Skywalk. Additionally, we did the Swinging Bridge Walk. The views of the rivers were fantastic, even though the bridges hang and wobble a little when people are on them. It was thrilling and enjoyable! There are picnic sites, different walks/hikes, and a gorgeous rainforest to explore. Each ticket costs $22 A, approximately $17 in the USA.
We chose The Ball and Chain for supper. It was lovely to sit in the atrium. There is also a self-serve salad bar. We shared a steaming chocolate pudding as a treat. Ice cream and cream were included. Rich and fantastic! It came to $86 A or almost $77 US. We treated ourselves to it since it was a little pricy. Convict laborers constructed the structure during the early days of English colonization.
We discovered that many eateries shut down between lunch and supper, from 2:00 to 5:00 or even 6:00 pm.
Day 3: A tour to Tasmania’s Hobart
Just four days here won’t do! Taking the boat to Bruny Island and visiting the island make up our excursion for the day. We made a pit stop at Shot Tower on the route; the world’s only preserved round sandstone tower. There was formerly a lead bullet factory. You may ascend the 259 stairs for breathtaking vistas if you so wish. Crossing costs $25 A, or around $20 US. We parked our car at the boat and were permitted to exit while traveling. No concessions are available for the crossing; however, there is a small café with facilities near the landing on the mainland side and no restrooms on the Bruny Island side.
We visited the Penguin Rookery but were dismayed to see no penguins there. However, the vistas from the hill’s summit were breathtaking! Ocean, mountains, beaches, and plant life are all around you! I just managed to dip my foot into the water since it was so icy, but I believe that qualifies as being in the water.
We traveled to the teeny-tiny settlements of Alonnah and Lunawnna and ate lunch there at the Hothouse Café, a delightful haven. The location is a little hothouse, and the cuisine was excellent. For $48 A, or around $38 US, we split smoked salmon and chicken focaccias, a glass of house wine, and a Tasmanian beer. It was a relaxing and enjoyable day to drive about, sometimes stopping to snap photographs or go for a little stroll. A memorable experience was driving on gravel roads with the sea on one side and a forest or a meadow with grazing sheep and cows on the other.
Day 4: Touring Tasmania’s Hobart
Our last day. We boarded the Big Red Bus, a double-decker like those in London, thinking that a bus tour of the city would provide us with knowledge about it. John, our driver, was knowledgeable. What if we buy a car for trip and after use we get cash for cars at Hobart.The Cascades Brewery, the Customs House, Battery Point, the earliest neighborhood of Hobart, the remnants of a women’s jail from the 1820s, and many more locations were among the sights we viewed. We learned that there once was a zoo at the Royal Botanical Gardens, that the last Tasmanian Tiger, the largest carnivore in the world, went extinct in 1936, and that the Convict Chapel had been known as Holy Trinity and attended by both convicts and colonists. However, the good people decided they didn’t like going to church with convicts and built their own Holy Trinity Church. We had a great time on the tour! We suggest doing this tour. The cost of each bus ticket was $26 A, or around $23.50 in the USA. The three-day “hop on, hop off” pass is valid.
It was time to wander throughout the afternoon. We stopped for lunch in Richmond, a medieval community. The Richmond Arms serves tasty meals and wines from Tasmania. While I had the Chicken and Mushroom Crepe, Greg had the Steak and Guinness Pie. Each was delicious! They came with salad and chips (fries). They each cost $18.50 A, or around $15 US. The village is charming and is worth seeing. There are several options for dining out, including restaurants, taverns, and tea shops. There are stores, a supermarket, places to buy souvenirs, and a lovely park. There are several wineries along the road. Our next visit there should include a tour of a winery.
We got in the vehicle and headed towards Port Arthur, seeing what we could see along the way. We found the Tessellated Pavement and Pirate’s Bay! Magnificent geological phenomena and amazing vistas! Saltwater erosion has produced stone chunks on top of the massive rock! We were awestruck! The excursion is worthwhile. Although we didn’t make it to Port Arthur, we were satisfied with what we discovered, and Port Arthur will be on the itinerary for our future trips.
When we returned to town, we decided to have supper at Irish Murphy’s in Salamanca Place. We ordered two small plates—Garlic Prawns and a mix of mushrooms—along with Tasmanian Moo Brew. Each of the two plates cost $13.50 A, or around $11 in the USA. Both had succulent meat. Perhaps since it was Monday, it was a quiet night.
Overall, we had a wonderful time in Hobart and want to go again soon!Car Rental Deals comfortable to Stay in Hobart .