From Burnie we had decided to travel to Hobart via the Highland Lakes Road (http://www.roamingdownunder.com/deloraine-drive.php) and Bothwell (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bothwell,_Tasmania) so we set off from Burnie around 9 am on Tuesday morning. The route took us along the Bass highway to Deloraine then south via the Highland Lakes Road.
Winding our way up along the western tiers, the road, although a good bitumen standard, twisted and turned as it rose higher and higher eventually reaching the central plateau and the first view of the Great Lake (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lake_%28Tasmania%29).
From this point we traversed one of the three gravel sections on the road as we drove along the banks of the Great Lake. In all there are three gravel sections comprising just over 30 kilometres of gravel road which is generally in good condition and far from what one would call rough.
Travelling along the western shore of the Great Lake we eventually reached the township of Miena; we had passed many “shacks” along the shore of the Lake but there appeared to be no particular village until we reached Miena. South of Miena we travelled through the Steppes where we found an unusual sculpture gallery along the side of the road – we stopped to take a look and were thoroughly enthralled by the collection.
From there it was a relatively short drive until we reached out destination for the day – Bothwell.
At Bothwell we called at the Castle hotel and had a huge lunch of beef schnitzel (plus chips and salad) – without a word of a lie these schnitzels overlapped the large dinner plates on which they were served.
After we had thoroughly stuffed ourselves with food we went to our accommodation for the evening – a renovated and internally modified historic cottage. The exterior had retained its historic appearance while fittings in the interior had been modified for the comfort of patrons. Margaret took advantage of the free guest washing machine and did some laundry and after tea we watched TV for a couple of hours before retiring for the night.
The next phase of the journey was to be to Hobart and as this was only a 60 kilometre trip we decided to deviate to Oatlands first as the town was close by.
At Oatlands we called in to see the Callington Mill which we had visited during our trip to Tasmania in 2013; this time we decided to take the Mill Tour which allows access to the interior of the mill and explains the operational aspects of the milling process.
After the tour we enjoyed complimentary scones baked with locally milled flour then drove to an adjacent lake where we completed our morning tea with Lions fruit cake and coffee.
From Oatlands we drove the relatively short distance along the midland highway to Hobart and arrived at our accommodation – The Mayfield on Cavell Motel (http://mayfaironcavell.com/) at about 12:30pm. After checking in we checked out a nearby convenience store then the local pub where we organised a light lunch.
In the afternoon, we decided to visit the lookout at Mt Wellington (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Wellington_%28Tasmania%29); the mountain dominates the local skyline and can often be seen with snow at its peak. The trip to the mountain winds its way over 1000 metres up from the level of the city and is a very interesting drive. Of course the views from the peak are breathtaking particularly when the weather is clear. It is a very popular tourist spot and when we arrived there were several hundred others already at the top. We took many photos and checked out all the vantage points before returning to the motel.
Thursday morning was cool but clear and we chose to visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Tasmanian_Botanical_Gardens).
We visited the Gardens in 2013 and were disappointed to find that parts of the gardens (notably “The Patch” from Gardening Australia) were being renovated. The renovation has now been completed (http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4051423.htm) and the garden is in full production as the Tasmanian Community Food Garden.
We had a close look at this site and then explored many other parts of the gardens that we had not previously seen – it really is a great place.
After exploring the gardens for about three hours we decided to eat at the local “Succulent Restaurant”. We enjoyed a great meal then wandered through the adjoining gift shop.
As we had travelled several thousand kilometres since we left home the car was showing the effects of road grime, wet weather and dusty gravel roads so we decided to locate a car wash to at least remove the worst of the dirt.
Friday we decided to check out the city centre, so after doing some washing we walked to a nearby bus stop and caught the Metro into the heart of Hobart. We wandered through the city centre checking out shops and facilities for several hours. Had lunch at a “U Beaut” bakery café – Daci and Daci (http://www.dacianddacibakers.com.au/) where there were many luscious treats to temp us (but we resisted) then caught the bus back to the motel. Spent the rest of the afternoon – Margaret ironing and me blogging.
It would be unusual to visit Hobart on a Saturday in summer and not visit the famous Salamanca Market (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamanca_Market); so on Saturday after breakfast we walked from the motel down the hills to the market in Salamanca Place. The market has grown from a small start in 1972 to in excess of 300 licensed stallholders in 2016. All manner of goods (and some services) are available at the market from antiques, arts and crafts, books, knitting, leather goods, plants and flowers, fruit and vegetables, toys, woodwork and a good variety of beverages and take away food.
There are people everywhere
and movement in the market is sometimes dictated by the masses. If one wants to look at the goods available or to buy food or whatever sometimes it requires a lot of patience (or rudeness). Many languages can be heard in the market and there are obviously tourists from all over the world visiting at any time. It was a very interesting morning at the market.
We bought some cherries, plums and apples, as well as the obligatory coffee while we were at Salamanca Markets but after a couple of hours, patience with the crowds wears thin and we escaped to a shopping centre in the city where we enjoyed a pleasant lunch. After looking at a few more shops we made our way to the bus stop and caught a Metro Bus back to the motel.
On Sunday morning we will leave Hobart to commence our drive up the east coast and eventually to Launceston. Our first stop along the way will be at Port Arthur where we have accommodation booked for Sunday evening.