Tassie Trip Day 1: Hobart & Surrounds

Wow, what a beautiful place Tasmania is.  We were both overwhelmed by just how stunning the scenery was.  From the historic towns and buildings to the green rolling hills, the wineries, national parks and large expanses of water ….. this place has such diversity and it’s natural beauty is breathtaking.  We may have only had 5 days there, but we saw a lot and it gave us a great introduction to this amazing place and we will definitely be back again for sure.

IMG_0132So, now we are back home and we will try to share a few blog posts about our adventures, starting now!

Day 1 was an early start to drive out to the airport for our flight.  Knowing what Sydney traffic is like, we left home at 5am, but we were still cutting things fine.  Leaving at 5am for a 7.35am flight nearly wasn’t early enough!

img_2937We arrived in Hobart and were welcomed by rain, not the ideal start to our trip.  And things were only about to get worse, we went to pick up our hire car only to find that it had two bald front tyres.  Now giving a car like this to someone like George who has worked in the tyre and mechanical industry his whole life was not a good move at all!  We won’t publically mention this particular company, but we can’t say we were impressed and can’t say we were overly happy with their service at the time.  Eventually we were given another car, in fact a better car, and we were on our way to start exploring …. Albeit a lot later than we expected.

We took a drive into the town centre (where parking cost us a whole $1.20 an hour!, we certainly weren’t in Sydney anymore!) and started exploring. Luckily the rain had disappeared and the clouds were starting to burn off for a hot and sunny day.

Salamanca Place is one of Tasmania’s best known landmarks and is renowned for its beautiful historic buildings and warehouses and there are certainly plenty of them.  Salamanca Place was established as a warehouse and storage area close to the existing waterfront in the 1830’s. Nowadays these buildings house art studios, clothing and craft stores, pubs, restaurants, cafes and galleries.

img_2951Next on our list was Willie Smiths Apple Shed  which is home of Willie Smith’s Cider, one of George’s favourites!

The main building is a large rustic barn which houses a mini museum featuring many relics from the past and lots of interesting information.  This building is beautiful and very well presented, the perfect place to relax with a meal or a drink, which is exactly what George did, trying out one of their tasting paddles.

They do run distillery tours which probably would have been interesting, but we didn’t have time to do one of these unfortunately.

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Inside the main building you will find their infamous apple wall which contains over 390 varieties of apples – who knew there were so many different varieties of apples!

 

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Attraction Information:  The Willie Smiths Apple Shed is located about 1/2 hour drive from Hobart and is open every day, check their website for opening hours.

2064 Huon Highway,  Grove 7109 TAS

Telephone:  (03) 6266 4345

Email:  appleshed@williesmiths.com.au

Website:  http://www.williesmiths.com.au

img_2958Of course you couldn’t have a visit to Hobart without taking a drive up to Mount Wellington, or as it’s officially known, Kunanyi / Mount Wellington, incorporating its Palawa kani name.  This mountain provides the perfect backdrop to Hobart.  There is a sealed road up to the summit and plenty of walking tracks as well.  The views from the lookouts along the way are pretty amazing and I’m guessing the view from the summit would be even better ….. not that we would know!  Below are our photos we took from the summit ….. yes there was a little bit of cloud around!

IMG_0137Although only about 30min drive from Hobart, the mountain is a 1270 metre alpine peak and does have extreme weather conditions at all times of the year.  The day we were there it was hot and sunny at the bottom of the mountain and cloudy, cold and windy at the summit!

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This was our view from the summit …… down there below the clouds is Hobart!

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