Australia Day 35 – Port Arthur to Hobart

As much as I say we visited Port Arthur – we mostly shuddered and huddled from the cold rain and gusting/roaring winds today.

We had a walking tour booked for 10:30 and had every intention of attending.

 

Thankfully I had done some walking around with Roland Yesterday and Dan had gone on the ghost tour last night.After the walk, we headed for the boat and were rescued by a wonderful cart with plastic shields.  She drove us both to the boat and back to the visitors center. I think Roland had had enough of the rain and cold.  We need more warm clothing!

After the walk, we headed for the boat and were rescued by a wonderful cart with plastic shields.  She drove us both to the boat and back to the visitors center. I think Roland had had enough of the rain and cold.  We need more warm clothing!

The harbor cruise took us past the Ile of the Dead and the Boys prison.  We couldn’t see much with the rain and the fogged up windows on the boat.  We did, however, get to sit somewhere warm and drink coffee!!!

So with all this rain and cold, we did not want to explore any further.  I know there is so much to see and do here but sometimes the weather rules when you have wee ones to worry about you make sure they come first.

The key thing to remember is that we are in the Southern Hemisphere and their winter is coming. We are at the southern most point of the southern part of Southern Tasmania which is south of Australia. Our north is to their south, cold!!!  The next piece of land to our south is Antartica, some 4500 km away. The winds that are blasting away at us and bringing rain have been on an absolute tear with nothing in their way for hundreds or even thousands of kilometers to bring us this soul robbing and bone chilling cold.

We took a tour around the Tasman Peninsula before heading off to Hobart.  Sadly we were not able to visit the Remarkable Cave either. The view is legendary but the weather would have ripped us to pieces, it’s so cold. It had been recommended to us by some fellow travelers.

 

So we headed off to Hobart to shop and see the town.

There is an incredible bridge that is stunning to see.

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We looked in a few outdoor clothing stores like MEC or Edi Bower.  A fleece jacket for Roland was $99 to $120.  A quick search showed a Target close by and off we went.

Do you remember Roland wrestling the crocodile?  Now he’s going for the Tasmanian Devil too!

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At target, we got 1 pair of jeans for Dan, 2 sweatpants. a sweater and 4 pairs of socks for Roland, 2 thick tights, and sweatpants for Scarlet and 3 pairs of socks for me, all for $100.

Now, I like to buy local and I like to buy good quality but I draw the line sometimes and I just need cheap.

We were treated to a fantastic view down one of the many hills.  The cloud formation when you are near mountains are always changing and always fascinating.

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We had a little trouble finding a place to stay tonight.  I finally found showgrounds that you can book online.  It had power and toilets.  We needed to do laundry but the machine took tokens that you could only get from the office and obviously it was closed.

Oh well,  Laundry can always wait one more day.

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We drove 145 km today and will be heading north again so we can catch the ferry back to the mainland.  We will be flying to New Zealand on May 14 so our time in Australia is almost done.

 

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