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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Well, intermission is over, and I am back to continue the Tassie trip with you. Naturally by this time we are home, but we had a little bit of patchy internet coverage and the final few days were super busy.
So here we go!
From Bruny Island we headed north to the pretty town of New Norfolk, just near Mt Field and that gorgeous Tasmanian wilderness we have seen pictures of. Whilst DH caught up with a friend I wandered around as, whilst it is small, there are some GREAT shops.


If you are ever there, call in for a yummy lunch at The Patchwork Cafe...


A great little patchwork shop and cafe with really friendly staff and great food in the old Willow Court Asylum complex.


Also in New Norfolk are two great shops....Flywheel and The Drill Hall...


quirky fabulous shops with antiques, stationery and old printing paraphernalia...great to see!


We stayed by the Derwent River, it was a really peaceful place to stay.


Heading south on the Tasman peninsula, past Tasman arch...


And on to Port Arthur.


I was a bit ambivalent about going there, in all honesty I think the terrible events of 1996 were clouding my perception of the place.


But we found a most beautiful and peaceful site and are so very glad we went.


We walked and walked, loving the buildings and the history of the site.


The gardens are beautiful...


As you can see...


and the guides are great...very passionate about Port Arthur.


We even found a hexie quilt at one of the cottages.


That evening, a very dark and moon-less night, we returned for a spooky ghost tour of the site on Halloween....wooooo!


It was fun to do.


As we were staying at a unit adjoining the historic site, we had a key to let ourselves in a back gate, so after the ghost tour we had to walk back through the site, just me and SB,


thank goodness we took a torch or we might still be there.....hehehe!


Back to Hobart for our final night, where we found we had been upgraded to the best suite ( tough, but someone had to sleep there!) where we were above seagull flying height...interesting!


A last stroll around the docks, then a final visit to Salamanca Markets ( Christmas shopping...tick) and we were headed home!


Don't miss Tasmania, it really is a great place....we need to head back and see more!
Cardygirl xxx


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13 comments:

shez said...

lovely pics Alison such a pretty place.xx

Susan said...

It's been a wonderful virtual tour. Hope you're not having too much trouble getting back into routine.

Nedra said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour. Such beautiful places.

Anne Heidi said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos! I doubt I'll ever get to see these places in person, so I have enjoyed your virtual tour!

Kevin the Quilter said...

A great trip for you! Thanks for the wonderful photos and commentary!

Lorraine said...

You have certainly made me want to go back to Tassie ..great pics ...thanks for sharing!

Sue SA said...

Gorgeous pictures, thanks for the tour, will definitely put Tassie on my "to visit" list for a holiday.

Fiona said...

lovely travelling with you... our trip is in early planning stage... I have wanted to go there for ages...
Hugz

Fairy Floss Stitches said...

Great picks..esp the ghosty one! .. scary !

Stephanie said...

It's wonderful being an armchair tourist and you are a terrific tour guide! Beautiful part of the world. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

We went to Port Arthur on our honeymoon and went on the ghost tour too, back in 1993. We got spooked in the cellar at the doctors house, it used to be the morgue, we both bolted for the stairs and flew out of the cellar to be greeted by the next tour waiting their turn! We stayed in the guest house that was burned down in the shootings in 1996, they were the perfect hosts for a guest house, so sad. Your trip sounds fantastic.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

I loved Port Arthur and want to go back.
Look at all the ORBS it that photo, just like snow LOL

Anita said...

Absolutely fabulous pics! Love all the old buildings. Thanks for sharing.
Cheers, Anita.