Tasmania 10 Day Safari - Hobart


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February 15th 2010
Published: February 15th 2010
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Maja and me

Sixth Day



On a break from our safari (Swahili for journey) we arrived in Hobart for a day of exploration. Hobart (1803), is the capital city of Tasmania and after Sydney the second oldest in Australia.

I took an evening stroll with Maja to Salamanca Place - the historic wharf with rows of sandstone Georgian buildings. Formerly warehouses built between 1830-1850 they have since been converted into restaurants, galleries, craft shops and offices. Salamanca was named after the Duke of Wellington's routing of the French in 1812 during the Napoleonic Wars. Maja, and I had a drink in one of the converted warehouses, a pub called the Knopwood's Retreat - but it was a Tuesday night and the tumbling tumble weed factor quite high in fact.

The next day I spent the day walking around historic Hobart with Maja and Jenni. It was a pleasant enough place, lots of historic buildings and a nice Spring-like climate (it's summer here).

I walked around Battery Point with Jenni and Maja. Lots of Colonial, Georgian and Victorian cottages and houses to look at. A highlight is the grand St George's Church built by a convict architect in 1836-38 and regarded as the best example of a Greek Revival church in Australia. We then popped into a great cafe called Jackman & McRoss where we had lunch.

The hostel we were staying at was the City Backpackers, stuck inconveniently on the second floor, labyrinth-like and crummy. I moved after my second night - German backpackers had made themselves at home and clearly didn't know what sharing a room was about. Maja and Jenni then got me moved into their room without too much fuss. The next morning we said goodbye to Hobart...


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Parliament HouseParliament House
Parliament House

...built by convicts
St David's Cemetery, HobartSt David's Cemetery, Hobart
St David's Cemetery, Hobart

Richard PITT who departed this life May 14 1826 Aged 61 years. Arrived in this Colony in the year 1804 with His Honor Governor Collins
St David's Cemetery, HobartSt David's Cemetery, Hobart
St David's Cemetery, Hobart

David COLLINS Esq Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania. Chose site of Hobart its first building laid in 1804 He died here on the 28th March 1810
Royal Marines monumentRoyal Marines monument
Royal Marines monument

St David's Cemetery


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