Last Day in Hobart, Tasmania

2nd of December 2013 at Constitution Dock, Hobart, Tasmania

On our last day of our two week long trip to Tassie, we had just enough time for three different and important things to do in the one area.

First we had lunch at Mures on the Constitution Dock at 11 am. Yes, I know, that’s early, but we had to have something to eat before our flight was to leave and we knew there would be no other time because of our plans. And we were already hungry since we had been up early.

As we were eating our lunch quietly at Mures, we noticed a girl, a European tourist sitting just outside under the eave. Suddenly, she left her table without having finished her meal. Maybe a visit to the lady’s room. As soon as she had left, a lightning blitz happened as a crowd of seagulls dug into her food in a frenzy. There was no time for us to try and rescue anything. By the time it happened, it was already too late. When she returned, she was shocked. The seagulls were still at it. Well, this probably taught her a lesson not to leave her plate unattended.

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After lunch we went over to Salamanca. All tourists want to see and feel Salamanca. It’s a must on a trip to Hobart. We wanted to stroll around to watch and breathe in the exclusive atmosphere of the market place with al fresco restaurants and coffee shops one last time. On the weekends, the place is covered in market stalls selling everything from crafts to Tasmanian produce of all kinds. We had time for coffees, which was good.

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Weekend Markets below.

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Then we had something very exciting left to do on this day, the 2nd of December 2013, with just enough time before our flight home to Perth. We went over to visit the replica of Mawson’s Hut. This was on the exact day and time it opened for the very FIRST TIME.

The 2nd of December was the 102nd anniversary of the departure from Hobart of the Australasian Antarctic expedition 1911-14 which Douglas Mawson led.

As we arrived at the hut, we were told to wait outside until the dignitaries were finished with their visit. We were to be the first visitors from the public. Before all the special people had departed, we were allowed in. It was exciting to see all the exhibits, but it was hot in the hut and I was almost glad to be out after we had finished our tour with writing our names in the guestbook. So, for prosperity, we’re in THE FIRST BOOK. Maybe on the first or second page. I don’t remember now, but we have definitely gone down in history as amongst the very first visitors.

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The Baltic pine used when they built the replica hut was sourced from Finland. The same source was used as 100 years earlier.

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Below is Douglas Mawson’s bed with a gollywog as his mascot.

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Below is the now “ancient” communication system used at the time.

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Last photo in Hobart. We can’t wait to get back to the Apple Isle.

Exciting one day. More exciting the next.

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For those interested to know more:

Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum

 

Old and New Houses in Tasmania

On this small island state of Australia, you may see many different styles of houses. Some old, some new, some modern and some due – for renovations.

I will start with a barrack in ruins from the days when convicts were allocated to slave away for the elite in their agricultural endeavours. This ruin is located at Cape Grim, close to Stanley in the north. This area seems to have a grim beginning even if it’s far from menacing in today’s world.

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It’s hard to tell the size of the old Convict Barracks, but it doesn’t look very big. However, around 20 people had to make do with living here. I was at this place in spring, late November, and it was cold, windy and rainy like it usually is in the most southern part of Australia. Almost like the weather in Sweden in November, even if November in Sweden may have snow in the later part of the month. So, imagine the poor people living in these conditions.

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Below is the nice place where the rich people lived at the time they had convicts to work on their property. This is not to say that it’s anything wrong with this place today. I would have loved to live in that house now.

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Below is a majestic old building in Hobart, which we had as a view from where we were staying. They built beautiful houses in the past. Probably made to last too.

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The quaint little house below has become a business in Richmond.

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Here are a few older style houses.

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Below is a new house and below that one is an old one.

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Below we have The Cabin in the Woods, luxury accommodation in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. A raven like bird – Black Currawong, visited us many times a day and always when we had lunch or dinner on the balcony.

It’s not every day you walk the same path as a wombat, which is also heading the same way. He was down at my feet since they don’t always hurry. The wildlife at Cradle Mountain is spectacular and almost towards the tame kind.

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This is the inside of the cabin/cottage/shack with a spa bath in the middle (behind the big wooden rounded wall). Lots of wood, fireplace, King Size bed, kitchen area and a beautiful bathroom. That’s all you need living life in the wilderness.

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Below is a magnificent modern house close to Hobart. The view from the back looks out over the Derwent River.

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This is the house from the front.

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Below is a cottage for rent located close to Hobart.

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The Town of Murals – Sheffield, in the northwest, close to Devonport where the ferries – Spirit of Tasmania docks. Below is one of the many houses with murals. Use your search engine and look for Sheffield murals, then click on “images” and you can see many. The town must have a massive amount of artists because a massive amount of houses have been fantastically decorated. They’re the real tourist attractions.

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The two houses below look like they’re due for renovation. They are close to the ferry going to Maria Island on the east coast.

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Here’s another beautiful house in Smithon, in the north, up on a steep hill, with a fabulous view. We had accommodation in this private house and it was excellent.

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Below is the view over Duck River – low tide and high tide.

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Last, but not least, this is a house, I would almost be scared to live in – especially in bad weather. The house is on a steep slope looking out over Bass Strait. Only the roof top may be seen. What a view the people must have!

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Here’s a link to a handy map of Tasmania.