In December 2019, a group of 11 excited travellers flew out of a smoky and very warm Victoria and were greeted by magnificent clear blue skies and a much cooler temperature for a week-long stay in Hobart.
First stop was the summit of the picturesque Mount Wellington. With the clear-blue skies we were able to see most of Hobart and the Derwent River. Hobart is such a pretty city and to have the opportunity to view it from this vantage point was very special.
On day two, we enjoyed a fantastic cruise down the Derwent River to Peppermint Bay. The weather was exceptional which meant that the water was like glass for our cruise. We relaxed in the cabin and took turns to walk up deck side of the boat. Some of the cliffs on the south coast were spectacular.
Travelling south between the mainland on our starboard side and Bruny Island on our Port side, we reached our destination at Woodbridge just in time for lunch. The venue & meal at The Peppermint Bay Hotel were very fancy & our entire group enjoyed the experience of a more high-end dining experience and attentive waiters. We took a group photo in front of Peppermint Bay.
After our cruise we visited the famous Cascade Brewery for afternoon tea. Here we had a relaxing time, bought some souvenirs and some sampled a refreshment or two.
On day 3 we went down to Port Arthur with a side trip to picturesque Richmond. Here we took a photo in front of their historic bridge. This bridge was opened in 1825 and is the oldest stone span bridge in Australia.
On arriving at Port Arthur we had lunch before paying our respects at the memorial. We then boarded a boat and went on a short cruise around the Island of the dead before returning to walk around the grounds. Some of the buildings were magnificent and imposing. The Penitentiary was easily the largest structure there. In these pics we pose at the Penitentiary and at the Sentry Post just nearby.
On our way back from Port Arthur, a few of us went down to have a look at the unique and naturally formed Tessellated Pavement, just near Eaglehawk Neck.
Our last full day in Hobart was spent at the amazing MONA art gallery (Modern, Old & New Age Art Gallery). This three-storied gallery was jam-packed with an amazing and very eclectic array of artwork and exhibits. It has been built into the banks of the Derwent River, with many of the exhibits in the lower levels underground! The art was certainly diverse in how you viewed or even interacted with the pieces on display.
It was a great week in Hobart and a holiday that everyone will remember for some time.