Tasmania 2017 Day 1 Brisbane to Hobart


Tasmania is an island state off Australia’s south coast and is known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, largely protected within parks and reserves. Tasmania has an area of 68,401 square kilometres and a population of 515,000.

Day 1 Saturday 16 September Brisbane to Hobart
Don & Lesley picked Katharine, Steve, Patrick and Henry up and then collected Sandy & Richard and took us all to the airport. We had two very excited little boys!

Our Virgin Airlines flight left Brisbane at 10.00am and arrived in Hobart just before 1.00pm – the outside temperature was 6.9 degrees – freezing!

Hobart, capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, sits on the River Derwent. Nearby is Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. The city’s backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails.

After picking up our hire car, an 8-seater Hyundai iMax, we made our way from the airport to our accommodation – a 2 bedroom self-contained apartment at Sandy Bay, a suburb a few minutes from the city of Hobart. We are also only a few minutes from the waterfront, Salamanca Place and the historic Battery Point.

After settling in and working out who was going to sleep where (there is a Queen Bed with a cot for Henry in the main room, 2 single beds in Patrick’s room – both upstairs; and a double sofa bed downstairs), we headed off to explore the area. We drove around to the Constitution Dock area and went for a walk to the Brooke Street Pier and then to the Constitution Dock. We saw the Aurora Australis, a ship that has just returned from Antarctica. We saw The Bernacchi Tribute which was a statue of Tasmanian Louis Bernacchi, the first Australian to “Winter” in Antarctica. We walked around to Macquarie Wharf where the cruise ships dock and then past The Merchants of Hunter Street shops. We saw the Jam Factory, which was built in the 1920s in the heyday of the Henry Jones’ Jam factory. From there we walked along Macquarie Street, past the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, City Hall, the Hotel Alexandra, which is the oldest hotel establishment in Australia (1807). We made our way back to the car and then drove around past the picturesque Battery Point area before retuning to our apartment.

Katharine & Sandy did some grocery shopping and then bought Chinese take away for dinner and the boys had a bath and went straight to sleep.

We asked Patrick what was favourite part of the day and he said “Landing and Taking Off”!

What a lovely start to our adventure in Tasmania.

One Response to “Tasmania 2017 Day 1 Brisbane to Hobart”

  1. Maria Hughes says:

    Have a wonderful time – look forward to “travelling;;ing” along with you love to all, Maria and Dennis xoxo

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