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Hobart – from a different angle


Open House Hobart gave us a great opportunity to see Hobart from a different angle. We explored

  • the CML Building with it’s cute little upstairs caretakers flat begging to be restored and rented as a cute city bolt hole;
  • the Tasports Tower for a great view of fabulous Hobart and the Derwent;
  • the new MAC 02 Cruise terminal; and
  • the Parliament Square in development phase. Going in through the doorway of what was once St Mary’s Hospital, circa 1837, we really stepped back in time to discover beautiful sandstone footings, old windows and walls, snippets of yesterday’s news and more. Many things are being wonderfully preserved, so looking forward to seeing the development finished and adding to the vibrancy of Hobart and Salamanca place.

Thank you heaps to the architects and volunteers who gave up hours of their time to tell us about the places we explored.

Friday Forays April 2015


Friday Foray #7 Tall Trees Walk, Mt Field;  24 April 2015.

Walk: From Tall Trees walk entrance on Mt Field road to the Waterfall Cafe.

Food: Lunch at Waterfall Cafe.

I was lucky to do a Friday walk with Japanese friends Hiroko N, Hiroko K, Shigemi, Yukiko, Kazuko, Harumi, Setsuko, Misa and Hisako. What a glorious day to be out and about in Tasmania. Through the striking autumn colours of the Derwent Valley we drove onto Mt Field to register with the Parks & Wildlife officer before we drove up to the beginning of the Tall Trees Walk. It was beautiful. There were indeed many tall trees, tall ferns, moss covered logs, swimming trout, Pademelons, and laughter and chatter as Carrie, Masako and I joined the 9 Japanese visitors of the Belle Nature Group to walk down past Horseshoe Falls and Russell Falls to the Parks centre.

After a fabulous lunch of chunky vegetable soup, smoked salmon toasted sandwiches and to-die-for chocolate ice-cream we ventured on over Meadowbank Lake to Curringa Farm. What a tour! Adrian, Mark and Jane made us so welcome and topped us up with a scrumptious afternoon tea of just-baked scones, raspberry jam and cream, Princess Mary Cake and tea/coffee.


Friday Foray #6 Cascade Walking Track;  17 April 2015, one of the Greater Hobart Trails.

Walk: from Behind Silos at Cascade Brewery to end of Cascade Walking Track then down the Old Farm Road to Cascade Brewery.

Food: Snack at Cascade Visitor Centre Cafe & Restaurant

Valeri, Brian, Sally, Rod & Thyme had a fabulous walk along the Cascade Walking Track. So well maintained and signposted, weather perfect for walking, wallabies and birds to spot along the way, it was a magic day for meandering around Mt Wellington’s edges. Good on Cascade and the Hobart City Council for their contributions to the great track, and good on Peter DeGraves for starting it all back in the 1800’s. What a guy!

We wandered back along the other side of the Guy Fawkes Rivulet down Old Farm Road before taking a snack in the Cascade Brewery  Restaurant. The gardens and water features were a delight, we were almost tempted to do another brewery tour.

See our March Forays, our February Forays, our January Forays.

Wooden Boat Festival Fun in Hobart – 2015


The Wooden Boat Festival is a feast of wooden boats, people, entertainment, friendly competition on and off the water, and to add to the scene, HMAS Sydney was in town as was a cruise ship – Hobart takes it all in its stride. The Living Boat Trust (LBT) of Franklin was well represented with yachts, skiffs, the ferry boat The Nancy and an information stall – great job volunteers!

Brian P and Brian M motored The Nancy up to Hobart from Franklin over 3 days and spent many hours talking to folk who had been a part of Nancy’s life over the years since it was built in 1917.


Friday Forays January 2015


Determined to explore more areas of beautiful Tasmania, by foot, a small group of us venture out one or two Fridays per month to walk a part as yet unknown to us, followed by lunch and chat. Bodies and souls are nurtured. Sometimes the most unusual gems are hidden in the  most ordinary of places. The exploring is always rewarding.

Friday Foray #2 Truganini Track  30 January 2015, One of the Greater Hobart Trails.

Walk: from Cartwright Reserve to Signal Station Cafe on Mt Nelson.

Food: at Signal Station Cafe.

Four of us set out on what looked like quite a miserable weather day. As we left home rain was pelting down, skies were leaden but spirits were high. We parked in the Cartwright Reserve just off Sandy Bay road, donned the raincoats, hoods and boots, then armed with walking poles we set off. Immediately we were alongside a babbling stream looking at gorgeous foliage, edible fungi and listening to Common Bronzewing Pigeons. It was all UPHILL so we really enjoyed our brunch in the fabulous Signal Station Cafe before walking back down. The downhill walk gives time to enjoy the scenery over the Derwent and beyond. Luckily we didn’t encounter any proper rain altho’ there was a bit of mizzle now and again. But that was a good thing, it really brought out the colour in the foliage, bark, rocks and lichen along the way.


Friday Foray #1 New Town Rivulet  2 January 2015, Easy peasy lemon squeezy. One of the Greater Hobart Trails.

Walk: from Wellington Park to New Town Bay.

Food: at The Taste 2015.

Seven of us set out, leaving a vehicle at New Town Bay to ferry drivers back to Wellington Park to collect vehicles left at the starting point. What a great walk – babbling rivulet, milk factory, sculpture trail, parks, disused castle, interesting homes, alpacas, fellow walkers, fossils  (not us!), dogs, doors, follies, graffiti, great food at The Taste of Tasmania 2015.

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A Good Day Out – In Hobart


The week between Xmas and New Year is such a lot of fun in Hobart. There is The Taste of Tasmania, there is the finish of 4 big yacht races, not the least of which is the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, and there is random street entertainment all making for a general buzz of people enjoying the docks, the lawns and Salamanca place. Combine that with sunshine and friends and it is a great day out in Hobart.

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A wander around the Docks to see the first two boats that crossed the line in the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Challenge. While we had seen Wild Oats XI many times before, Comanche was new and exciting. And the crew sported great t-shirts with accompanied significant folk in Comanche headgear, it was a great spectacle.

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Then onto The Taste of Tasmania for a look and a snack before we headed over to Salamanca for the customary wine and pizza.

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