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    Bellerive Beach

    by swissfondue Updated Dec 4, 2013

    Hobart is built around a beautiful deep water harbour and beaches are close to the city centre.

    One of the most popular is Bellerive Beach. On summer evenings hundreds of people walk the length of the beach, exercise and play with their dogs. Blundstone Arena which Hobarts premier sporting facility (football and cricket) is located just metres from the beach.

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    Wrest Point Entertainment Centre and Hotel/Casino

    by AusPinay Written Jul 23, 2013

    This place is Hobart's premier entertainment centre- with an iconic hotel, conference and entertainment centre located in an ideal setting- on the shores of Derwent River. It has all the essentials for a fun and and comfy stay or visit in the city, within Sandy Bay, where most of the wealthy homes are also found!

    We visited this place quite a few times now- first to have buffet dinner to celebrate our mate's birthday and then to watch a show. I shall be reviewing the coffee shop and the show venue separately.

    But do go and drop by this place or even stay a night or two or more- there's plenty to do, having a casino, watch a show where big name performers are featured, eat at any of several dining areas/cafes/bistro/buffet places- for breeky, lunch, dinner or snack.

    It is a huge place with ample parking space and friendly staff too. You can also be a member of their Federal Rewards Club which is free- and avail of discounts and get points as well for patronising their many venues/restaurants, casino, pokies, etc.

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    More boat festival

    by iandsmith Written Feb 18, 2013

    There was so much going on from stalls to performers to magnificient boats it's all a bit too much to list. However, if you'll take my advice, go and have a look someday, you won't be disappointed.
    Here are some more shots from the festival.
    You could go on board many of the vessels and have a look, as we did, one picture here is from the Lady Nelson replica.

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    VISIT THE HISTORICAL SHOT TOWER

    by DennyP Written Nov 13, 2011

    Taroona A short drive out of the city of Hobart along the Channel highway brings you to Taroona a quiet town that is a commuter town on the fringes of Hobart. After the second World War many returned soldiers settled the area and today is a commuter town with little commercial buisinesses.
    Built in 1870 by Joseph Moir , an early immigrant to Van Diemans Land Moir was a noted builder, Ironmonger and shot manufacturer. The "Shot Tower" that he built for his shot making buisiness is located in the town of Taroona. This"Shot Tower" is the towns most Historical building and this is where musket balls were made for the early military needs. Apparently at the top of the tower molten lead was poured through various sized seives and as the molten lead fell the height of the tower into cold water at the bottom it had taken on a circular shape for the ammunition needed.The walk to the top of the tower exposes a wonderful view out over the Derwent Estuary.

    Taroona is also the place where Mary The Crown Princess of Denmark grew up and went to school at the local Taroona High School before going on to further her education and persuing a degree at the University of Tasmania.

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    Tasman Bridge

    by The_Downunder_Mob Updated Aug 5, 2011

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    The Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River was built in the 1960's due to increasing traffic to the growing suburbs on the eastern shore. It was opened with 4 vehicular lanes in 1964.

    On Sunday 5 January 1975, at 9:27 p.m. AEST, the Tasman Bridge was struck by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra It caused two pylons and three sections of concrete decking, totaling 127 metres (417 ft), to fall from the bridge and sink the ship. Seven of the ship's crewmen were killed, and five motorists died when four cars drove over the collapsed sections before the traffic was stopped.

    The depth of the river at this point (35 metres (115 ft) is such that the wreck of Lake Illawarra still lies on the bottom, with concrete slab on top of it, without presenting a navigation hazard to smaller vessels.

    Reconstruction started in October 1975 and the bridge was reopened in October 1977.

    http://www.ccc.tas.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=424

    I like bridges and think this one is beautifuland deceptively simple. 'Things to see' - I think so.

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    Tasman Bridge

    by The_Downunder_Mob Written Aug 5, 2011

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    The Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River was built in the 1960's due to increasing traffic to the growing suburbs on the eastern shore. It was opened with 4 vehicular lanes in 1964.

    On Sunday 5 January 1975, at 9:27 p.m. AEST, the Tasman Bridge was struck by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra It caused two pylons and three sections of concrete decking, totaling 127 metres (417 ft), to fall from the bridge and sink the ship. Seven of the ship's crewmen were killed, and five motorists died when four cars drove over the collapsed sections before the traffic was stopped.

    The depth of the river at this point (35 metres (115 ft) is such that the wreck of Lake Illawarra still lies on the bottom, with concrete slab on top of it, without presenting a navigation hazard to smaller vessels.

    Reconstruction started in October 1975 and the bridge was reopened in October 1977.

    http://www.ccc.tas.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=424

    I like bridges and think this one is beautifuland deceptively simple. 'Things to see' - I think so.

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    Kangaroo Bluff Battery

    by The_Downunder_Mob Written Aug 5, 2011

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    As history tells, the sighting of two Russian warships in the Derwent harbour in 1873 prompted the consrtuction of the Kangaroo Bluff Battery. Construction started in 1800 with the first shot fired in 1884. The battery was manned until the 1920's having never fired a shot in anger. It now exists as an Historic Site.

    Much of the original construction remains and you can get great views of Hobart CBD from across the Derwent River.

    Free entry between 9.00am and 5.00pm daily.

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    Bonarong Wildlife Park

    by The_Downunder_Mob Written Jul 30, 2011

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    Bonarong Wildlife Park is a showcase of Aussie wildlife. It is not a zoo but a sanctuary established in 1981 for the care of sick and injured wildlife. It is run soley on the generosity of visitors and patrons.

    There are regular shows by the animal keepers and petting, even some cuddling is allowed. They are dedicated to saving the Tasmanian Devil from the Facial Tumor disease which is threatening to wipe out the species.

    Although there are better native animal parks in Australia I enjoyed my visit to Bonarong. The park is clean and the animals are well cared for. The staff are friendly and helpful.

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    The Tasman Memorial

    by The_Downunder_Mob Written Jul 30, 2011

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    Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603 – 1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer, and merchant. He is famous for his voyages of discovery on behalf of the Dutch East India Company and is credited with the discovery of Tasmania (in 1643) which he called Van Dieman's Land in honour of the governor of the Company.

    The memorial includes a statue of Abel Tasman, a fountain and a stone scultpure.

    The fountain was a gift to Tasmania as part of the Australian bicentennial celebrations and was opened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on 27th October 1988.

    A stone sculpture, which is also part of the memorial, was unveiled on the Netherlands national day of 30th April 1992 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the sighting and landing on Van Dieman’s Land by Abel Tasman.

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    Charlie & the chocolate factory? No it's Cadbury..

    by yann.ng Updated Apr 4, 2011

    You can join a Chocolate Factory tour where you'll be shown the different section of the chocolate manufacturing process and be given free chocolate samples. After the tour, you may purchase their products in consumer or bulk quantities at factory discounts.

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    Harbour Cruise

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can choose from different companies who offer a variety of cruise. The most popular is certainly the one which goes to the Cadbury chocolate factory.
    I just took a short one, about 1,5h, going up the Derwent river for a while. I paid 11 AU$ with backpackers discount. Coffee/Tea and cookies were included.

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    HUON TRAIL - Apple Museum

    by imstress Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Some of the best apples are produced in Huonville.

    The Apple & Heritage Museum is a former apple packing shed. The displays and take you back to history.

    There are up to 500 different apples in season.

    We can see the museum staff demonstrating the use of an early apple peeler and corer.

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    HUON TRAIL - FOREST & HERITAGE CENTRE

    by imstress Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    At the Forest and Heritage Centre youll learn about the history, machinery and woodcraft of the area.

    This sawmill must be an antique. I better take a photo and run before they found out that I "saw" the wood.

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    The May Queen

    by seamandrew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The May Queen is Australia's oldest sail trading vessel still afloat, and one of only four wooden vessels of her era still afloat around the world.

    Built in 1867 on the banks of the Huon River at Franklin, south of Hobart, this beautiful ketch carried timber and supplies around south-east Tasmania for 106 years.

    In her spare time, the May Queen raced with great success at logal regattas. She won her first Royal Hobart Regatta trading ketch race in 1868, and was still in the field on the last occasion the race ws run in 1854.

    At the end of her working life, the May Queen was given to the Tasmanian Government to be preserved as a reminder of the state's maritime history. She is now in the hands of a voluntary organization set up for her conservation and preservation.

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    The Lady Nelson

    by seamandrew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This replica ship of the original Lady Nelson allows visitors today to experience the history of this once great ship. Small and oddly shaped for it's time, it came to serve the colony of Australia quite well and it's history can be detailed thoroughly. The link I've provided with this tip details much of the journies of this ship. Take the time to read it, it is quite interesting.

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