|Hobart became our first stop in Tasmania as we could not dock in Burnie due to wind and high waves.
Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, is second in age to Sydney. It has a wonderful harbor and delightful colonial cottages that line the narrow lanes of Battery point a high point looking down onto the harbor. Europeans settled here in 1804.
We first went to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery which has a variety of displays including cultural, scientific, artistic and Antarctica treasures. We particularly liked the stories of the Antarctic explorers. We had our usual tea and a muffin (with WIFI) and then carried on exploring the downtown area. There are many nice parks and old buildings including an indoor tennis court from 1875.
We carried on up the hill along Hampden Road to Battery Point. The road is lined with a collection of 19th- and early 20th century buildings. A lot of them restaurants now. Down the hill is Salamanca Place a now trendy area of converted warehouses. Shops and restaurants abound here.
As the southernmost Australian capital, navigators, whalers and explorers have long regarded as the gateway to the south (Antarctica).
The sun was shining and it was a very nice visit.