Date: 22-23rd February 2022
Travelled: 60 kms from Bruny Island to Hobart, Tasmania.
Visited: Hobart City
Stayed: Hobart Showgrounds, $26, S42.83392, E147.28487
Budget: 26 days @ $0 per day.
We say goodbye to the camp social club this morning with some sadness, it’s been a great few days and they’ve been very friendly fellow travellers. Mind you nearly everyone is off in different directions today so it’s good to return to the road as well.
Arriving at the ferry we are forced to wait as there are two large trucks and a couple of campers in front of us and we are told we won’t fit. No matter we get to enjoy the view across the straights to Kettering.
Back on the mainland we make our way north to Hobart, stopping at Kingston for a grocery shop and diesel ($1.86). It’s an easy 20 minutes through central Hobart to Hobart Showgrounds at Glenorchy about 7 kms up the Derwent.
We find a spot before checking into the campsite which seems a lot more complex than it needs to be. Once settled we take a short walk to bus stop #23, taking the 510 into the city. Sounds reasonably easy but the all stops certainly took some time.
I probably should explain we have visited Hobart on previous adventures and we plan a walk around this afternoon and cycle exploration tomorrow.
After walking the wharfs, marina and Salamanca Place we catch the 510 back to stop #23. It’s gummy shark and black tiger prawns on the BBQ tonight and a quiet evening after that.
Next morning we get the bikes off the back of the Jayco. Wash of the thick layer of Bruny dust and get ready to ride into Hobart. As you can see the cycle trail follows a long disused rail line.
The 10 km ride provide some great views of the Derwent River as well as some historic homes. Once in Hobart we secure the bikes and spend an hour at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (free). We were pleasantly surprised by the excellent exhibits on Australia’s history in the Arctic.
Back on the bikes once again we do a cycling exploration of Battery Point and Sandy Bay. Getting some great views, passing some of the most beautiful houses in Hobart and sore legs as Sandy Bay is very hilly.
We ride back to Salamanca Place for a late lunch before going for a walk. Salamanca is a picturesque collection of heritage stone warehouses, these date back to the 1830 when Hobart was a whaling port.
So that’s Hobart done for us. It’s now 28° which is the warmest day since we left the mainland some 3 weeks ago. We start the ride back to the campsite returning into a solid headwind. Still it was much more interesting than the bus.
Rib-eye on the BBQ tonight and a cold glass of beer and wine.
Michael + Pam
PS: Forgot to add this little video to our Bruny Island post so Pam insisted I add it.