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Agnes & Nick wrap up their tour of Tassie

October 27, 2015
Agnes & Nick wrap up their tour of Tassie

This article was originally published on 07/04/2014

“Nick and I absolutely loved our time in Tasmania, and would come back in a heartbeat", Agnes said.

"We spent our last night in a lovely ensuite cabin at Seven Mile Beach Cabin and Caravan Park and Nick unloaded the faithful, comfortable Tassie Motor Shacks campervan, and cleaned it before we waved it goodbye", she said.

"Seven Mile is so handy to Hobart Airport."

"It is far enough away to be peaceful and is blessed by being a few minute walk from a beautiful beach and pristine bay water". "On Saturday we went to Salamanca Market".

"A shuttle bus picked us up from Seven Mile Beach Cabin and Caravan Park with other park guests and brought us back again later in the day", Agnes said.

"The shuttle bus makes round trips during the day from Salamanca, so parking is not an issue", Agnes said.

"Salamanca Market is fabulous with lots of quirky stands selling a huge range of wares, together with fresh fruit, cakes, sausages and lot of other foodie treats", Agnes said.

"Buskers were out in force, but we loved the family affair of mum, dad and the two kids and took a picture so GoSeers could enjoy them too". Hobart's famous market at Salamanca Place attracts thousands of locals and visitors, every Saturday of the year.

They come to visit more than 300 stalls for the food and music, fresh fruit, crisp organic vegetables, hot baked spuds, the warm aroma of a coffee and croissant, buskers singing the blues, stroking a harp or strumming a lively folk song.

Salamanca Market highlights fine Tasmanian art and craft including hand-worked glass, innovative design in Tasmanian timbers, stylish clothing, and bold ceramics.

"I was buying a scarf, and all of a sudden there was Coxy with his lady standing next to us", Agnes said. "I said hello and told him I was with GSA on the last leg of a three-week tour, he said he would check out the Tasmanian stories our website". "Coxy said he is planning to do a Tassie show sometime in the future as well, as Mainlanders are unaware of all that Tasmania has to offer".

"There are also some fabulous galleries at Salamanca Place, some of which were open so we had a lovely browse".

Hobart Historic Tours lives up to its name: GoSeeAustralia's Agnes and Nick love Salamanca Place and Battery Point Hobart.

The first European settlement in the Hobart area began in 1803 as a penal colony and defensive outpost at Risdon Cove on the eastern shores of the Derwent River. So guided experiences like Hobart Historic Tours has plenty of history to work with. Hobart is second only to Sydney in the depth of its convict and colonial heritage and specific tours like Hobart Historic Walk give an introduction to the character of Australia's early settlement.

The tour is an easy walk and is wheelchair accessible.

Hobart is a city defined by its geographical position, history and heritage. Classical examples of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture abound throughout the city. The one and a half hour tour starts at the Hobart Travel Centre, cnr. Davey and Elizabeth Sts, Hobart.

Battery Point is unique in Australia and world famous for its authenticity. The Tour includes St George's Church and Arthur Circus.

Named in honour of Governor Arthur, the quirky Arthur Circus is a particular example of early colonial architecture. Between Kelly's Steps and Hampden Road, Arthur Circus is a circle of old, single frontage cottages dating from the earliest days of Old Hobart Town.

This hour and half long guided historic experience starts at Kelly's steps in Salamanca Place. This narrow flight of steps joins Salamanca Place to Kelly Street in Battery Point.

Then in a step back to a murky underworld past the Old Hobart Pub Tour explores a time of brothels, smugglers, convicts and grog. This tour, which starts from the Hobart Travel Centre, is not recommended for children.

The Old Hobart Pub Tour is suitable only for smaller groups, due to the small size of the pubs themselves, Hobart Historic Tours says.

"We also went to MONA, Museum of Old and New Art at Berriedale in the northern suburbs of Hobart, it was really interesting and quite different", Agnes said.

"They give you a little machine like a mobile phone to hang around your neck, and as you walk around you click the O and this tells you info about the artworks near you", she said.

MONA is the biggest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum houses over 400 artistic works from owner David Walsh's private collection. Notable works in its inaugural exhibition, Monanism, include Sidney Nolan's Snake, displayed publicly for the first time in Australia.

"We visited Heimat Farmstay Tourist Park at Black Hills near New Norfolk". "What a lovely place!" Agnes said. "Heimat Farmstay Tourist Park is located high up a hill with magnificent views".

There are a pair of two storey chalets, one is for families, the other is suitable for two couples travelling together".

"Then there is the Gypsy Wagon sited by an ensuite bathroom, unfortunately, there were people staying in it so could not photograph inside", Agnes said.

"There is also one other ensuite site".

Heimat Farmstay Tourist Park New Norfolk accommodation options include two self-contained 2 bedroom Chalets, a Luxury Gypsy Caravan with private ensuite, a two bedroom self-contained cottage located on an adjoining property, and an exclusive, private Ensuite Site, ideal for motorhomes and smaller caravans in a scenic farmland setting.

Indoor barbeque and communal laundry facilities are available. Heimat Farmstay Tourist Park is only 40 minutes from Hobart, eight minutes from New Norfolk and only 50 minutes from Hobart Airport. It is a fine base for exploring all that New Norfolk, the Derwent Valley, The Rivers Run Touring Route and city of Hobart have to offer.

Heimat Farmstay Tourist Park is also a convenient stopover on the way to the West Coast destinations of Queenstown, Strahan, and the Gordon River.

"There are lots of farm animals including alpacas, goat, donkey and chickens".

"They are pets and great for the kids to feed".

"The chalets are both beautifully appointed and very home-like, the rustic camp kitchen with 'Emily' in residence is great, lots of rich red in the furnishings, candles everywhere, just a really nice place to holiday", Agnes said.

Things to see and do include:

Shop for antiques in New Norfolk, Tasmania's antique capital.

Drive up to Pulpit Rock lookout for glorious views of the Derwent River.

Stroll along the Derwent Rivers’ walking tracks.

Check out the Agrarian Kitchen in nearby Lachlan.

See and feed fish by the thousands at the Salmon Ponds historic trout hatchery at nearby Plenty.

Try a bit of trout fishing yourself in-season (licence needed). (Guests have even pull beautiful rainbow trout up to 4kg out of Heimat Chalets dam).

Visit the historic property at Redlands Estate and try a whisky tour.

Bush walk at Mt Field National Park and see the magnificent Russell Falls.

Walk through the tall trees in the Styx Forest.

Explore Lake Pedder and walk across the amazing 130 metre tall Gordon Dam.

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