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Travel Tales: Hobart, Bruny Island and Port Arthur

Once we completed the Overland Track, we were picked up in the afternoon from Lake St. Clair and taken to Hobart. We’d booked a house in Hobart as one of us had a Land Rover. After getting to the house at about 8 p.m. the first thing most of us wanted to do was shower. Eight people. One bathroom. But we managed. We then cooked up a feast for dinner with some of the group going to the shops for meat, salad, cheese and of course, alcohol. We barbecued and cooked and then ate and drank our way into the night. {This was just the beginning of the cheese and alcohol!}

The next day, we hit Hobart town centre. Some of the group ended up going to Mona museum. I wasn’t part of that group. Instead, with the others, I spent some time in the city checking out the markets and shops, and then making my way to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. It was spectacularly beautiful. We also managed to spend late afternoon at Salamanca Place. I got sucked into a few book stores that day and purchased 6 books. So much for my plan last year to not buy any new books until I read the 90-odd books on my shelf! By the end of that day, three of our group left for Sydney leaving only five of us.

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Beautiful architecture in the middle of Hobart

 

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View of the Derwent river from the Botanic gardens

 

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Flowers in the gardens

 

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Beautiful white flower

 

Duck in the Japanese garden section

Duck in the Japanese garden section

 

 

Later that night, we drove up to Mount Wellington to capture some shots of the sunset. To say it was cold about 1200 metres above sea level was an understatement! But it was a beautiful sight!

Sunset from Mount Wellington

Sunset from Mount Wellington

 

You can't have too many sunsets

You can’t have too many sunsets

The next day, we headed to Bruny Island which is south of Hobart. Bruny Island is pretty big and we drove from one end of the island to the other stopping at a few points for a lookout and some lunch. We finished off Bruny Island with a visit to the lighthouse at the southernmost tip of the continent. Next stop is pretty much Antarctica.

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A lookout

 

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Gorgeous white beach

 

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

 

After leaving Bruny Island, we headed back home with plans to visit Port Arthur the next day. The other two members of the group left for Sydney that morning leaving JC, G and meย in the Land Rover. Port Arthur was great. I loved the history of the place and the ancient buildings. I was mesmerised by the architecture just as I had been in the city of Hobart. We spent most morning and early afternoon there taking in the history and a gazillion photos.

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Port Arthur gaol

 

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The church

 

 

Finally we headed back home to prepare to leave Hobart the next day and thereby embark on our road trip back to Sydney. But to hear that, you have to wait for another post!

***Linking with Jess for IBOT this Tuesday***

 

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    January 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

    This post brings back many pleasant memories for me! I lived in Hobart for two years after uni. Loved it!
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      January 29, 2015 at 10:56 am

      It must have been lovely Ingrid! I would love to live there except I can’t stand the cold! We got lucky with the weather when we were there… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    January 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

    This post brings back many pleasant memories for me! I lived in Hobart for two years after uni. Loved it!
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      January 29, 2015 at 10:56 am

      It must have been lovely Ingrid! I would love to live there except I can’t stand the cold! We got lucky with the weather when we were there… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Gorgeous photos! I’m enjoying following your Tassie travels because hubby and I are planning a trip there in late April! We’re going to most of the places you’ve listed in this post, except we haven’t included Bruny Island. Should we? It’s so hard to fit everything in! We’re trying to keep the trip to 10-14 days max. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      January 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Min! Well, Bruny Island was really pretty and I would recommend it; yet at the same time, it probably depends on what you want. At Bruny, mainly there is a lovely beach, a lovely lookout, the lighthouse, a cheese factory, an oyster place, a berry farm and a chocolate factory.

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Gorgeous photos! I’m enjoying following your Tassie travels because hubby and I are planning a trip there in late April! We’re going to most of the places you’ve listed in this post, except we haven’t included Bruny Island. Should we? It’s so hard to fit everything in! We’re trying to keep the trip to 10-14 days max. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      January 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Min! Well, Bruny Island was really pretty and I would recommend it; yet at the same time, it probably depends on what you want. At Bruny, mainly there is a lovely beach, a lovely lookout, the lighthouse, a cheese factory, an oyster place, a berry farm and a chocolate factory.

  • Rebecca Stephens
    January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Stunning photos! It absolutely bucketed down when we visited Port Arthur. I’d love to go again with better weather. #TeamIBOT
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      January 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Oh the weather there is so unpredictable, isn’t it? I was glad we got lucky with the weather in Hobart. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rebecca Stephens
    January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Stunning photos! It absolutely bucketed down when we visited Port Arthur. I’d love to go again with better weather. #TeamIBOT
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      January 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Oh the weather there is so unpredictable, isn’t it? I was glad we got lucky with the weather in Hobart. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    January 20, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Beautiful pictures, I remember Tasmania being so picturesque.
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  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    January 20, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Beautiful pictures, I remember Tasmania being so picturesque.
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  • Deb @ inner compass designs
    January 20, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Love your photos. We went to tassie last Easter and fell in love as I knew we would. Would love to get back again soon.
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  • Deb @ inner compass designs
    January 20, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Love your photos. We went to tassie last Easter and fell in love as I knew we would. Would love to get back again soon.
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    January 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Once again, great photos. Sounds like such a fabulous trip. Cannot wait to do Tasmania myself one day.
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    January 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Once again, great photos. Sounds like such a fabulous trip. Cannot wait to do Tasmania myself one day.
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  • nabanita
    January 20, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    It’s so beautiful ! I am speechless at the beauty, the vivid colours !
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  • nabanita
    January 20, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    It’s so beautiful ! I am speechless at the beauty, the vivid colours !
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  • Beloo Mehra
    January 21, 2015 at 12:07 am

    These are some lovely shots, Sanch. Thanks for giving us this beautiful visual tour. The duck shot is the best!
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  • Beloo Mehra
    January 21, 2015 at 12:07 am

    These are some lovely shots, Sanch. Thanks for giving us this beautiful visual tour. The duck shot is the best!
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  • Cathy Graham
    January 21, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Lovely photos and so interesting. Thanks for sharing about your travels so we can live the trip along with you. Tasmania looks so gorgeous. Hope I get to that side of the world some day.
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  • Cathy Graham
    January 21, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Lovely photos and so interesting. Thanks for sharing about your travels so we can live the trip along with you. Tasmania looks so gorgeous. Hope I get to that side of the world some day.
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  • Bikram
    January 21, 2015 at 1:25 am

    you also need to teach me how to take pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ I am planning ot buy a camera shortly yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      January 29, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Haha…I have a good camera. And the scenery is quite good too. Which camera are you thinking of buying?

  • Bikram
    January 21, 2015 at 1:25 am

    you also need to teach me how to take pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ I am planning ot buy a camera shortly yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      January 29, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Haha…I have a good camera. And the scenery is quite good too. Which camera are you thinking of buying?

  • Shailaja V
    January 21, 2015 at 3:18 am

    I am just mesmerised by those photographs! What an absolutely splendid look into the beauty that is Mother Nature!
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  • Shailaja V
    January 21, 2015 at 3:18 am

    I am just mesmerised by those photographs! What an absolutely splendid look into the beauty that is Mother Nature!
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  • obsessivemom
    January 21, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Your pictures are amazing. Specially the one of the of the Derwent River – looks like a painting. What a wonderful break this must have been with sights like those. Thanks for sharing.
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  • obsessivemom
    January 21, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Your pictures are amazing. Specially the one of the of the Derwent River – looks like a painting. What a wonderful break this must have been with sights like those. Thanks for sharing.
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    January 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I must say, those are very beautiful photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    January 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I must say, those are very beautiful photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • simple girl
    January 22, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    beautiful pictures…
    I am curious about one thing – are these places not the usual touristy type? I mean they look pretty empty and devoid of crowds..
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  • simple girl
    January 22, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    beautiful pictures…
    I am curious about one thing – are these places not the usual touristy type? I mean they look pretty empty and devoid of crowds..
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  • Robo
    January 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I couldn’t get enough of Tas when I was there and I can’t wait to return. It was just heavenly. I remember when we got to the top of Mt Wellington It was SO windy that I almost fell over. And the scenery from the top of that hill! Port Arthur was also amazing. You’ve captured it perfectly.
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  • Robo
    January 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I couldn’t get enough of Tas when I was there and I can’t wait to return. It was just heavenly. I remember when we got to the top of Mt Wellington It was SO windy that I almost fell over. And the scenery from the top of that hill! Port Arthur was also amazing. You’ve captured it perfectly.
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  • Travel Tales: Goodbye Tasmania. Hello regional Victoria. - Living my Imperfect Life
    January 23, 2015 at 11:24 am

    […] up with my travels over the summer, I first hiked the Overland track and then spent some time in Hobart, Bruny Island and Port Arthur. After three days in Hobart, we started our road trip. We had to catch the ferry — the Spirit […]

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    January 23, 2015 at 11:24 am

    […] up with my travels over the summer, I first hiked the Overland track and then spent some time in Hobart, Bruny Island and Port Arthur. After three days in Hobart, we started our road trip. We had to catch the ferry — the Spirit […]

  • Grace
    January 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I love, love, LOVE Tassie! Port Arthur was amazing. I’ll never forget the eerie atmosphere.
    Love your photos – especially the one of the duck! Cuuute! x
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  • Grace
    January 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I love, love, LOVE Tassie! Port Arthur was amazing. I’ll never forget the eerie atmosphere.
    Love your photos – especially the one of the duck! Cuuute! x
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  • Rajlakshmi
    January 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    the place and the colors look so amazing ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have always admired the beauty of Tasmania… What a gorgeous place to spend the vacation

  • Rajlakshmi
    January 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    the place and the colors look so amazing ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have always admired the beauty of Tasmania… What a gorgeous place to spend the vacation

  • Sarah
    November 20, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Wow, great shots! I have been to Port Arthur already but there are hundreds of reasons to go again.
    Thank you for this informative post.
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