Tasmania – Day 7 & 8, Hobart and the Huon Valley

Day 7

When I got up yesterday morning I was treated to a nice sunrise. It was the first one I had seen here. We haven’t seen the sun a lot while we have been here.

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Yesterday started with a trip to the Cascade Female Factory, or in other words a prison for female convicts when they arrived in Tasmania.

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I don’t want to say too much about it right now. I will do a full post on it and what you can see there when I get home.

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I thought I would be walking around the area where the Salamance market is held on Saturday’s in the rain, but after a few minutes the sun come out and it was so nice.

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The sun was coming through the autumn leaves to give a lovely light. It is winter really and you would think the leaves would have left the tree by now, but they were still there.

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Everywhere I went I saw that all the statues had been covered up. I have no idea why. Must be part of the winter festival that is happening here at the moment.

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I went into the city area and can’t help myself. The buildings were incredible. Hobart is a much older city than Melbourne and being a convict settlement it has buildings from that period. I would love to explore them more and spend time learning about them. Unfortunately time is running out this trip.

Last night I was invited to a Instameet, something I’ve never done before. There was a big event on, run by Tourism Tasmania, I believe. It was pretty amazing. They had a mirror maze, OMG, that was scary. You can’t see where you are going and it is so easy to get confused and lose your way. It was good my friend knew how to get out so we managed to do that.

Day 8

This has been a rather relaxing day. We didn’t do a lot. We did go to the Salmanca Market and bought gifts to take home, well I did. Then after we went on an adventure, well sort of.

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We could see Mount Wellington from the market and there was snow on it, so it had snowed overnight. We were going to the Huon Valley and this is one of the photos I got with my phone.

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Not a great photo, but you get the idea. It was interesting driving in the snow. Not something we have done much of in Australia. We don’t get a lot of snow here, so it is always fun when we do. Well they might here, but from where I’m from, never.

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We went driving to the Huon Valley to go to Frank’s Cider place in Franklin where I found an interesting Church, St John’s. It is no longer used as a Church, but they are trying to save it so it doesn’t get sold and turned into a home.

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There are also some interesting old graves around the Church. It isn’t often you see a church with a graveyard, well not in Melbourne or Victoria, they are nearly always in completely different places.

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We saw some great mushrooms there as well. Love the red ones, I hardly ever see them, so this was a great treat.

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On the way to the Wall of Lollies we saw some great boats moored in the river.

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What do you think, think you will take it up.

We ended up home earlier and have been resting and taking it easy, tomorrow is set to be a massive day. Our last full day here before we get set to go home. Can’t believe the trip is almost over.

22 Responses

  1. Spectacular shots, Leanne. I especially like the sunrise. Those colors are gorgeous.

  2. beautiful! love the sky, and the red mushroom. Hoping all is well with you after the floods.

  3. Leanne, I can see a return trip to Tasmania in your future. It sounds like you’re already planning where you want to go another time. We had a day where we drove while it was snowing too. I was excited and busy taking photos but Mr ET, who was driving, wasn’t so thrilled.

    • So can I Carol, have already started planning it. We have started doing that, and where we want to return. I was glad I wasn’t driving, great fun. Thanks Carol.

  4. You captured some lovely light is some of these.

  5. I find the light (whether it “really” looked like that or was achieved in processing) and composition in the photograph of the church with a graveyard to be splendid.

  6. wonderful place Leanne. Sad that it was a convict town but nevertheless has a touch of old world charm too. Oh dear it looks like Alice took a slice out of that amanita muscaria. What is the wall of lollies? And no I’ll pass on the accommodation.

  7. Liz Combes

    Really enjoying going on ‘armchair travel ‘ with you while you tell your story in words and images ..

Talk to me, it is too quiet.