2020 The COVID-19 staycation year travel blog

Probably not as busy as during the Sydney to Hobart yacht race

Who let the dogs out, woof!


Beautiful house at Battery Point

Handley's Orient Hotel

Old sandstone warehouse bar and eatery conversions at Salamanca Palce

A quick 15 minute taxi trip from home to the Airport's Domestic Terminal for our Jetstar 1hr 55min direct flight to Hobart. There were lots of people in the terminal wearing Fire Fight Tshirts - obviously some of the 75,000 attendees were heading home from yesterday's massive concert. We departed sunny Sydney just after 2.00pm and headed south for 1,170 kms arriving in Hobart just after 4.00pm to a sunny and much cooler day.

We took a taxi from the airport to Hadley's Orient Hotel in downtown Hobart. ​Hadley’s Orient Hotel was originally built by convict labour in 1834 and plays host to almost two centuries of stories, scandals and secrets to be explore​d, or so its website states. We are booked in here for three nights before picking up our campervan.

We headed down to Salamanca for dinner, a mere eight minute walk downhill from our hotel. Salamanca consists of rows of sandstone buildings, formerly warehouses for the port of Hobart Town that have since been converted into restaurants, galleries, craft shops and offices. In days gone by this area was the stomping ground for sailors, whalers and workmen and now is home to a vibrant culture.

We decided on Thai for our first meal and boy was it spicy. Grae loved his selection, I'm still recovering from my Thai beef salad. After dinner we popped into one or two charming waterfront pubs. They were all dark and moody inside with exposed wooden beams, outside the heating was on so that braver patrons could enjoy alfresco wining and dining.

Our hotel has a turndown service with a choice of various pillows which is all very confusing for hillbillies such as us.

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