Oyster Cove Chalet

42 Manuka Road, Hobart, 7150, Australia
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Travel Tips for Hobart

The Big Tree

by iandsmith

Again, unlike many others, I am putting this in my top 10 of things to see in Tasmania. This superb forest has trees of such significance that I used the "monuments" classification for them, and why not? Hundreds of years old, towering up to 99 metres, these surpass many of man's great achievements by just surviving.
This walkway reaches the tree, and I urge you to look at its girth at this point, 20 metres above the ground! Yet still it looks huge. The reason for that is because it is one of the largest flowering trees (and hardwood) in the world. It has shrunk to 85 metres since I first saw it but contains an estimated 360 tonnes of timber though the sign at the site tells you 406 tonnes. They are using a more up-to-date measuring technique these days.
A tragedy happened in 2003. The biggest tree in Australia was killed when they were logging the area (taking down several other giants) and a concerned forestry worker tipped off the greenies about this magnificent tree. In the forestry workers wisdom, while backburning to clear the area recently felled, the tree, by now named "El Grande" caught fire and was killed. Another 80 metre giant over 400 years old bit the dust.
These unfortunate random acts have had a positive side however that I find extraordinary. They have spawned a register of significant trees and, in 2000, the tallest was deemed to be the Styx Bigger Tree. Since then, 34 have been listed as being taller!
The current record holder is named Centurion(see other tips for pictures).
In the Tahune there are many walks and you would do well to allow yourself a day in this area. These days the big attraction is the Tahune Air Walk and I have a separate tip for that.

Miscellaneous Restaurants

by Kate-Me about (In Hobart)

I noted there are mostly Australian restaurants and pubs in Hobart city, but they offer fine dining restaurants too
(I was more interested in the Ethnic restaurants so it was pleasing to note at least 4 of my favourite kind of restaurant : Indian. )

In Salamanca place I noticed an African Restaurant, Irish, Vietnamese and Japanese too.

See Hobart (and Taz) from Mount Wellington!

by xuessium

This makes a great trip on a clear sunny day where you can catch breath-taking views of Hobart and parts of South Tasmania, 22kms above sea level. There are observation decks at the summit to offer you different vantage points. You can spend about 0.5-1 hour at the summit.

Please note that it is colder up at the summit and it can get quite windy, so do remember to bring your warm clothes.

You can catch a Mount Wellington Shuttle Bus Service from near the Tourist Info Office in Hobart for A$25.00 return (circa 2004) per pax. Free & Easy.

A breather in the City: Franklin Square

by xuessium

There are plenty of parks and greens in Hobart, big & small.
A central feature of this site is a statue of the great explorer, Sir John Franklin, serenaded by a majestic fountain.

Located in the centre of Hobart and surrounded by Macquarie, Elizabeth and Davey Streets.
This was the site of the first Government House.

Magnificent oak trees provide shade for visitors who have come to enjoy the area. A great place to rest some tired feet or catch a breather before you continue your exploration of Hobart.

There is ample seating and public convenience facilities are located on the Elizabeth Street frontage of the Square.

Gibson's Flour Mill

by seamandrew

Founded by William Gibson on Morrison Street in 1854, by 1870 it was described as a large business with the "noise of machinery... heard constantly, day and night". Mr. Gibson was an early supporter of automation, and had designed equipment which minimized manual handling. The present City Mill building was erected in the late 1890's with floor space of more than one acre. Rollers replaced grindstones and produced whiter and finer flour which soon captured the market. The business continued to expand.

In 1892 the demands of heavy modern machinery necessitated removal to new premises. The City Mill building was recently renovated for office space. Some of the old trusses, beams and machinery can still be seen inside. So consider it a museum of sorts.


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