Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2018 HAL World Cruise

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 

Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia.  It was founded in 1804 by Colonel David Collins and is the capital of the state of Tasmania.

Our ship docked in Sullivan’s Cove, once a bustling commercial area with whalers and entrepreneurs but now filled with artists’ studios, galleries, cafes and shops in the converted 19th century sandstone warehouses.  It was a short walk into town where we explored, shopped, and dined the day away.

Hobart, lying on the west bank of the Derwent River, is a wonderful capital city.  Comprised of charming neighborhoods, it retains the atmosphere and leisurely pace of a small town.  Salamanca Place is terraced with warehouses dating back to the 1830s.  Nearby Battery Point is the site of the original seamen’s settlement.  There is a large covered, but highly pedestrian, mall in the city center with all the major department stores—even a Target!

Docked in Hobart, Tasmania
Docked in Hobart, Tasmania
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“Footsteps to Freedom” by Ronan Gillespie representing the 13,000 convicted women who came to Tasmania with their 2,000 children.
Walking into town.
Walking into town.
"Heading South" Seals and Penquins by Stephen Walker
“Heading South” Seals and Penquins by Stephen Walker
"Heading South" The Bernacchi Tribute by Stephen Walker
“Heading South” The Bernacchi Tribute by Stephen Walker
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Tribute to Louis Bernacchi, the subject of this sculpture and noted advocate for Australian involvement in Antarctica.
Walking into town and passing the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Walking into town and passing the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Walking toward Salamanca Market.
Walking toward Salamanca Market.
Walking toward Salamanca Market.
Walking toward Salamanca Market.
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“Happy Birthday Mr President XO-2014” by artists Gillie and Marc located in Salamanca Square.
Salamanca Square
Salamanca Square
Lunch at Irish Murphy's
Lunch at Irish Murphy’s
Rog's Guinness meat pie and ale
Rog’s Guinness meat pie and ale
Sandy's baked brie and Pinot Gris
Sandy’s baked brie and Pinot Gris
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St. David’s Park was once a cemetary. The tombstones were removed and imbedded in the old walls when the cemetary converted to a park.
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This bandstand-looking monument marks the gravesite of Lt. Col. David Collins, founding Lt. Gov. of Tasmania and in whose honor the park was named.
Ship of the Australian Navy departing the Hobart Port
Ship of the Australian Navy departing the Hobart Port
back to our ship at the end of the day.
back to our ship at the end of the day.
But first, a little libation!
But first, a little libation!

This was our first visit to Hobart and we were enchanted.  We’ll look forward to returning someday.  And return we must!  We have learned that our stop in Port Arthur, site of the penal colony, has been canceled due to an approaching storm.  We know the storm is huge because we are already experiencing high seas and a lot of “a-rockin’-and-a-rollin.”  While sitting in the Lido, very near the top of the ship, I was watching the angry sea through the windows overlooking the aft pool area.  I saw the lounge chairs take flight and sail overboard!!!!  It happened so fast I couldn’t get a picture, but here’s what the deck looked like with the remaining lounges scattered about.

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Deck chairs scattered across the aft deck pool area. Some of them actually flew overboard!
Angry waters of the Tasman Sea
Angry waters of the Tasman Sea

We’re now at sea and our next stop is Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.  The Australian adventure continues!

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