Hobart: Day 01

Wow, been so busy socialising and being outside I haven’t had time to blog post for the last few days… the horror! Currently sitting at Melbourne, waiting for NoFlyAirNZ to arrive 40mins late so catching up on posts….

My second day in Hobart was actually really a trip over all different parts of Tasmania – started off in Hobart, but headed up into the highlands, visited hydrodams and took a long scenic route to get to Launceston to meet my twitter friends IRL.

We started the day with a visit to the Cupping Room, a very excellent coffee roastery that I’ll blog about in more detail in tomorrow’s post. After filling up on delicious caffinated fuel, we headed off into the wilds of Tasmania.

@chrisjrn planned a route around the state that involved taking me through the hydroelectric dam areas, the highlands, many dirt roads and the reservoir lakes used by the dams.

The hydroelectric power stations themselves are actually not that large compared to the huge pipes running to them – I managed to get a picture of the pipes running down the side of a valley to one of the many stations:

My pipes are bigger than your pipes!

After seeing the dams, we headed up into the highlands where there are heaps of large lakes feeding water to the dams – I believe most of the lakes were originally around, but extended and enlarged for the needs of the dams.

It’s pretty barren up there, but a number of holiday homes/batches around, apparently there’s some decent fishing to be had.

Look upon my camera oh lakes and tremble as I convert you into pixels

Look, I'm being a posing tosser by some lakes!(pic by @chrisjrn)

I'm king of the highlands!! (pic by @chrisjrn)

We made it to Launceston in the afternoon, to meet my twitter friends @stumbeline, @kestra and @Wordy_Anansi for the first time IRL, which was awesome.

There was some time to kill, so we detoured to Cataract Gorge which seems to be a very popular swimming area – probably helped by the 30 degree sunny day :-/

It's got a bridge that's bouncy! *insane glee*

After crossing the mighty bridge of almost certain death, I headed over to meet with @Wordy_Anansi, who had made a huge amount of vege food deliciousness for us.

With the addition of wine, we had a fantastic evening and it was awesome to meet so many great tweeple IRL for the first time. :-)

@stumbeline, @kestra, @jethrocarr (duh), Mark (not on twitter) and @Wordy_Anansi

Me with @kestra

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3 Responses to Hobart: Day 01

  1. Jen D says:

    Glad you liked Tassie, I actually quite miss it. Did you go through or near Bicheno on your way from Hobart to Launceston? My in-laws have a holiday place there. Tassie reminds me a lot of NZ – the landscapes and weather are quite similar.

  2. Sorry for answering on Jethro’s behalf, but: no — we went on a route that cut through the middle of Tasmania (the power station pictured is at Tarraleah and the lake where Jethro is posing like an idiot is the northern end of Great Lake).

    Would loved to have come back down the east coast, however, setting off from Launnie back to Hobart meant that we couldn’t really see anything, so we just took the most direct route back.

  3. Jim Eyre says:

    My father in law, Keith Trinder worked at Tarraleah Power Station in the 1950s, and one of his photos has a small locomotive barely visible at the base of the penstocks, and I am pleased to see your photo of those same penstocks, with the track just visible to the left! I have written an article for publication about his interesting experiences there…. any hints as to any Tasmanian magazine that may be interested? Thanks.

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