Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Spirit of Tasmania

Our ferry/cruise ship for an all night trip from Melbourne to Devonport, Tasmania
We disembarked for Tasmania at 6:30 pm on a 9 deck ferry boat that looked like and was indeed a cruise ship also. 

We arrived at 6:00 am the next morning in Devenport. We stopped for breakfast at a raspberry farm - raspberry waffles, smoothies, and raspberries and cream - Yum! 
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We also saw some elaborate wooden carvings at Campbell Town. 
The Midlands of Tasmania is mainly agriculture with a look of Nebraska but with a few more rolling hills.

We arrived in Hobart in time to attend the famous Salamanca Market - too famous judging by the crowd of humanity we had to contend with. Our visit also coincided with a major tourist event - The Taste of Tasmania.  

Our favorite cafe in Hobart
We drove to our new oceanfront lodgings in Primrose Sands near a lovely beach by the same name. We have enjoyed an afternoon at the beach during our visit. 

Overlook of Primrose Sands  - a nearly deserted beach 2 km from our rented home outside of Hobart.
The next morning we attended church with the Latter-Day Saints in Hobart. 

                          Unbelievable views of Hobart

We were able to enjoy the view of Hobart from the peak at Mt. Wellington (we drove to the top). 

We had a lovely afternoon drive through the Huon River Valley and saw some quirky things, an Paul Bunyan-type axe, a cheese farm, factory and store/restaurant with cheese made from sheep's milk, a stationary train filled with shops and curiosities.

Woodcutter's axe near Huonville, Tasmania

The train's final stop at Maygate

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