31.01.2014 - 02.02.2014 30 °C
We arrived in Hobart on Friday night after a very exhausting trip from the north west side of TASMANIA. The road is paved al the way with the occasional smal town along the way, however, it is the windiest roller coaster of a highway that we have ever driven. John was pretty tunnel vision after that drive as you can't see but the next curve ahead and trust me those curvs are mostly tight. At Larobe we stopped on wed and went to the sprint car races. They were really very good and we quite enjoyed them. Spent the night in Devonport and continued on to Somerset where we went to an art maker store where local artisans were showcasing their work and working all in one. Was very interesting and we also made some roo poo paper.
Then we were on the road south. We stopped and viewed Cradle Mountain later took a short nature walk to a viewpoint. We had plans to walk to Nelson falls but, fire prevented us as the trail was closed for safety reasons. We did see the areas of the forest when the fire had burnt across the highway however it appeared to be mostly under control and the caution was for safety purposes.
Once in Hobart and situated at a Best Western, we proceeded to the docks. Had a great monster plate of fish and chips. Now that was fish!
Yesterday we went to the famous Salamanca markets. There were over 300 market stalls of Tasmanian made and designed products. It was busy busy as a cruise ship from Auckland had docked the night before but we still managed to elbow our way around and buy a couple things. We have to be careful what we purchase as we are travelling with backpacks this trip and we already had our scissors and johns knife take away at airport. I had everything packed in 100 ml containers and then forgot to take out the sharp objects. But, the security were unbelievably kind to us and he even told me I could mail them home....well, I mailed them back to Deans house. If my scissors hadn't cost 100 dollars or more years ago, I would have chucked them but it will be nice to have them....must remember to leave them in Melbourne when we go to Bali.
Yesterday afternoon we went to Richmond which boasts the oldest Catholic Church in Australia and the oldest bridge.
Today we are off to Coles bay and Wineglass bay.....quite famous!