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Hobart and day trips

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 6 April 2014 | Views [306]

Frogmore Winery

Frogmore Winery

The need to use a week’s timeshare and that we hadn’t been to Tasmania together gave us the opportunity to book into a Worldmark Time Share at Seven Mile beach on the northern outskirts of Hobart. Allan had been to Tassie on three separate occasions. The first being on a football trip about 35 years ago (no real recollections of that one) and he had been to Ulverstone (up north) twice to the Australian U/16 basketball championships where he managed the NSW state country team with Shawn McEachin. Both those trips were spent herding kids so there were no tourist activities.

So we decided to book at a time when the weather would be cool but not cold. So the first week in April 2014 seemed like a good idea. We booked the accommodation and got fairly decent air fares from Jetstar. Fly out of Newcastle to Melbourne at 6.00am. A two hour layover then into Hobart at about 11.45am. Some months earlier, we had mentioned our plans to The Horans. They indicated it was something they would like to do as well. We had booked a 2 bedroom apartment with full kitchen facilities, laundry etc so we invited them to join us. We picked up a Renault Koleos at Hobart airport and found our way to Seven Mile beach.

All good first day. Brought provisions at Sorell and had a leisurely look around the district in the afternoon. The Worldmark accommodation is good. The grounds are well kept. Native flora and fauna are prevalent and the beach is a stones throw away. You couldn’t stay at Seven Mile without a vehicle. There is not much more than a general store nearby. The beach is apparently longer than seven mile but we didn’t measure it. Our first tourist day was spent walking the Salamanca markets where we decided that most things were over priced but nonetheless they are probably the best markets we’ve been to. The fresh fruit and produce was exceptional. The markets were far better than those found in The Rocks, Brisbane, Darwin or Broome that we had been to. Greg bought himself a Roger Fedora.

 

We bought some bread, cheese, tomato and ham and lunched in a park adjacent to Wrestpoint Casino. We then needed the toilets so we went to the Casino where Greg won about $350 on a quinella at Rosehill. So he paid the entrance fee to our tour of Cascade Brewery. The brewery began operations in about 1824 and in some places it shows it. The maintenance and cosmetics of the building looked sparse. It compares unfavourably to the tours we’ve done of other breweries (Speights in Dunedin NZ and TsingTao in Qingdao China)