Like most cities Hobart has a city tour bus. It is a big red double-decker. Being pensioners we can buy a ticket for $25. It takes 90 minutes to do the circuit of the city highlights and you can hop-off and hop-on again all day. Another bonus is that it is valid for 3 days.
What a double bonus that is for us. On Wednesday Jack bought the ticket and spent the day exploring, then he passed the ticket on to me so that I could use it on Thursday. Today it is Jack’s day out so he has gone for another ride on the bus.
The main reason people choose to have house sitters is to look after their pets as well as the house. So it is important to put the welfare of the animals first. This means always having some one to be at the house to care for them and take them for walks.
So we can also explore the areas we are staying in we take alternate days staying with the dogs one day and going out to explore the next. Then we have the enjoyment of sharing the photos and stories of each others day.
These tours are a great way to find your way around a new city and the commentary that goes with it gives an insight into the history.
Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia, after Sydney, and was built by convict labour.
When Britain’s gaols overflowed with sinners in the 1820s, Hobart’s isolation loomed as a major selling point. Tens of thousands of convicts were chained into rotting hulks and shipped down to Hobart Town to serve their sentences in vile conditions. In the 1850s, Hobart’s sailors, soldiers, whalers and rapscallions boozed and brawled shamelessly in countless harbour-side pubs.
The bus slowly winds through the harbour area and the driver points out that only 2 pubs remain from that era. Then up into Battery point. This is an area of charming colonial cottages dating back to the mid 1800’s. They all show great pride of ownership with immaculate heritage renovations, picket fences, brick walls, small rose and geranium filled gardens. They are an absolute delight for a photographer.
But I stay on the bus and carry on to the furthest point and hop-off at the Cascade Brewery.
The Cascade Brewery is a magnificent gothic style building opened in 1832 and is the oldest operating brewery in Australia. Tours are available but today I am just looking at the outside and will be back another day to sample the delights that wait to be savoured inside this imposing building.
It also has a delightfully landscaped garden and a walkway that follows the Rivulet (The site for Hobart was originally chosen in part due to the availability of fresh water from the rivulet. Because of the pure water of the upper portion of the rivulet, the Cascade Brewery was built beside it.)
The walk way eventually arrives at the old Female Factory
The World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart is Australia’s most significant site associated with female convicts and sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington, a short distance from the Hobart CBD.
I’m looking forward to coming back here. They have tours to tell you the history of the site and also a theatrical re-enactment of what life was like for these poor women. We have a great deal to thank these women for. They are the pioneering stock that survived the terrible conditions to raise families. The fortitude and strength of character that shaped the Aussie individuality.
After spending 90 minutes exploring this area the bus was due back for me to hop-on again, it took me to the CBD to find a place for lunch.
At 1-30pm I hopped back on the bus and now comes the highlight of my day. I ride the bus to the top of Battery Point then hop-off and spend the next 2 hours wandering around this historic area crammed with colonial cottages and Georgian mansions, all in immaculately restored splendour. Picket fences and brick or stone walls line the streets, white iceberg roses spill over fences. Every house is a picture and I happily take photo after photo.
Again I try to capture the essence of the area. Today, for the first time, it is an overcast day, no sun, but still a warm 20 degrees and no wind. This is good for photography as a bright sun could create glare problems.
So here is my gallery of Battery Point houses…