Crossing to Tasmania - Part two (Stanley, Hobart and South)
Our younger daughter and her family came down for a holiday so we travelled to the Hobart Airport in our Toyota Coaster to meet them. We did a quick trip with them for 10 days up the east coast, across to Stanley on the very north west tip of the state. There is an interesting land formation there called “The Nut” which towers above the whole area. The whole region is a natural beauty with so many beaches forest tracks and history to discover. We then went back down through the centre and south of Hobart.
Our younger daughter went back home and the next day our older daughter arrived for four days. We did a trip around Bruny Island which is a 20-min crossing on vehicular ferry from Kettering (35-min south of Hobart). The Island is a retreat for rare flaura and fauna. You can also enjoy the famous local produce as Bruny is home to artisanal producers specialising in oysters, cheese and chocolate.
We then travelled south of Hobart, and luckily had a clear day to go up Mount Wellington it’s a 21-kilometre drive to the summit but there are some beautiful rainforest views on the way up. We then went and explored the Salamanca Markets in Hobart. They operate every Saturday no matter what happens with the weather. They are quite popular markets with hundreds of stalls with food, music and crafts amongst other things. After seeing her off we drove back up the east coast, up Elephants Pass to St Mary’s. We found a shop in St Mary’s where a lady breaks glass into pieces, heats it to smooth off the edges then makes statues out of the pieces.
Next on through Fingal, back to the central highway and Campbelltown and west to Hamilton. Hamilton was a frontier town and transport hub. But these days it’s a little quieter, it has the feel of a village in the 1800s with many of the town's few small shops dating back to convict times. Unfortunately there has been some lightning strikes which had started multiple bushfires in the west which limited the places we could visit. But we managed to get some photos of the smoke billowing up from a distance, was a real sight!
We had a day trip from Hamilton to Derwent Bridge where we visited The Wall which was a must see. It is a massive building with a wall about 100 metres long and 3 metres high that has been covered with houn pine both sides and Carved with a lot of history of Tasmania. There is also pieces of still life carved out of houn pine which is absolutely amazing. The whole concept is the dream of one man. In 2003, the artist and his family moved to Derwent Bridge in the Tasmanian Highlands, where they constructed a purpose-built gallery to house his work.
The Bridge is also only 5 kilometers away from Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest freshwater lake. It is the headwaters of the Derwent River, upon which the capital city of Tasmania is located.
Tasmania was very dry this time we were there and as we drove up past the great lakes this was very obvious as they were only about 25% full.
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