Salamanca Markets are on every Saturday, which just happened to be our first day in Hobart. There is very limited parking for motorhomes in downtown Hobart. We drove around residential streets of Battery Point and found a legal spot within 1km of the markets. Boy this is a busy place. Lots of food, clothes, arts and crafts to browse with the hordes.
After a Scallop Pie for lunch we wandered the historic waterfront buildings.
There are lots of old homes with beautiful gardens on the walk back to the van.
Mt Wellington is a 1200m peak above the city, so has excellent views. The road is fairly narrow but we managed to get the motorhome up OK. Medium sized tour buses make it up there and there was plenty of parking at the top. The view was spectacular even with some smoke haze from forest fires.
Then on to Richmond. This historic town has many fine examples of early 1800 buildings. The bridge is impressive, especially the way they foresaw in 1823 the need for dual lanes and pedestrian access that meant the bridge copes with todays traffic. It’s Australia’s oldest bridge. St Johns is Australia’s oldest Catholic Church, built 1837.
We stayed with friends Pat & Mike near Dogdes Ferry (we met them in their Avan RV in Coolongatta). Pat has a lovely cliff top cottage with room for the van in the driveway. They spoiled us rotten with generous hospitality making this a great highlight of our travels.
Just south of Hobart on the way to Kingston is a 1870 Shot Tower. A very interesting mini museum on the process of shot making for shot guns. They melted the lead at the top of the tower and passed it through a collander with holes the size of the shot required. The liquid lead forms balls as it drops and it’s captured in a water barrel at the bottom. And a great view after climbing the 259 steps.
We parked up at a recreational area in Gordon for the night. There were signs of bush fire smoke in the atmosphere. The next day the smoke haze had well and truely moved in, and fire warnings in the Huon Valley, so we had to abandon our plans of travelling there today.