Day 314, Saturday, 6 February, 2010 - Day 316, Monday, 8 February, 2010


We spent Saturday in the centre of Hobart, at Salamanca Markets and walking along the waterfront. One of our quests was to find the Church of St Joseph where Denise’s Great Great Great Grandparents were married on 27 August, 1855.

When we arrived in Tasmania our intention was to ride to the top of the 1270m Mt Wellington, which is the dramatic backdrop to Hobart. When we have been to Hobart previously it has always been in cloud and when we rode in on Friday it was also covered, making us think that our intentions to go up would be thwarted again. However, as we visited the markets today we noted that the skies above Mt Wellington were clear and that maybe we may be able to get a good view from the summit on this trip. But our experiences with the traffic yesterday made us a little unsure of riding.

So we piked out and hired a car on Sunday. Our excuse was that with a car we could drive down to Kingston, Kettering, Cygnet and Huonville as well as up Mt Wellington. In the morning Mt Wellington was covered in cloud so we left going up it until later in the day when it was clear. Rising 1270 metres above sea level (and the sea being only a few kilometres away), the view from the top of Mt Wellington was spectacular and well worth the trip. The drop off is dramatic. There were a few cyclists riding up the mountain and the one who descended several cars behind us kept up all the way back into the city. An exhilarating 23km downhill run falling 1200m that we missed out on.

Our last sightseeing stop for the day was the Botanic Gardens where we were interested to see “Pete’s Vege Patch”. On all the ABC Gardening shows they never show how they water the vege patch so we were keen to research this aspect ourselves.

Zoom into the map and use the 'Satellite' layer to see our new location.


Hobart and Mt Wellington as seen from the east bank of the Derwent River

The Tasman Bridge

Salamanca Markets

Salamanca Markets

Church of St Joseph

Historic Hunter Street next to Victoria Dock

Hobart and the Derwent as seen from the top of Mt Wellington

Historic Friends Cottage at the Royal Tasmanian Botantic Gardens

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