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    Consitiution Dock

    by al2401 Updated Apr 1, 2011

    Hobart is the finishing line for the world famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race. The international race, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starts in Sydney on Boxing Day and finishes in Hobart, a gruelling 630 nautical miles (1,170 km) later. Inaugurated in 1945, the race is arguably one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. In 1998 a cyclone strength storm hit the fleet resulting in the loss of 6 lives and the sinking of 5 boats. Only 44 of the 115 starters completed the race.

    The finishing line is at Constitution Dock. The dock area is normally quiet but turns into a gala each December with continual parties as the yachts come in. After Christmas the area is evacuated to make room for the event.

    At other times the dock area is a popular place to visit. There are a number of seafood restaurants but what is better than buying your seafood direct from the fisherman.

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    The Antarctic Link

    by al2401 Updated Apr 1, 2011

    As Tasmania is believed to part of the ancient continent Gondwana, which also included Antarctica, it is fitting that today it provides a link to Australia's Anarctic Division.

    Tasmania's modern connection with Antarctica date back to 1773 when one of the ships accompanying James Cooks's Resolution became separated in an attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica. Once established, Hobart soon became home base for whalers and sealers in the Southern Ocean. Whaling ceased in the late 1800s but Hobart then became a logical staging post in the age of Antarctic exploration playing host to famous names including Mawson, Ross and Amundsen. In 1898 it was the departure point for the expedition to spend the first winter in the southern continent. The Mawson expedition left from Hobart in 1911 and a few months later Amundsen arrived to send a telegram to the King of Norway that his party had reached the South Pole.

    Hobart’s role as a staging post for expeditions to east Antarctica was formalised in 1981 when the Australian Antarctic Division headquarters were established nearby at Kingston.

    The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has a permanent exhibition of Antarctic natural history, exploration and science called 'Islands to Ice'. It gives a fascinating glimpse into life in the Antarctic for early explorers and scientist currently working there.

    There is a wlking tour called Polar Pathways which tkae you to many connections between Hobart and Antarctic and Southern Ocean exploration. These include life-size bronze statues that commemorate the Antarctic explorers or a visit to Hadley's Hotel used by Amundsen in 1912.

    http://www.development.tas.gov.au/antarctic/hobarts_antarctic_history

    http://www.development.tas.gov.au/antarctic/antarctic_attractions

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    Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site

    by al2401 Updated Apr 1, 2011

    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.

    Free entry between 9.00am and 5.00pm daily.

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    Tasman Bridge

    by al2401 Updated Apr 1, 2011

    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 Memorial

    by al2401 Updated Mar 31, 2011

    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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    CONSTITUTION DOCK, SYDNEY TO HOBART RACE VENUE

    by AusPinay Written Dec 28, 2009

    Famous for being the rallying point and party venue for the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, held from Boxing Day (the day after Christmas Day) until yachts complete their 630 nautical mile journey from Sydney.

    The dock consists of a rock-walled marina with an opening for boats. The bridge is normally closed, allowing pedestrian access around the dock. The dock is normally used by motor pleasure boats, yachts, and fishing boats serving the city's fish market and restaurants, several of which are at the northern end of the dock.

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    Australian Antarctic Division Headquarters

    by balhannah Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    These are located 2ks south of Kingston, on the Channel Highway.
    Here, you can see displays, photos, models and other interesting pieces on Antarctica.
    You are allowed to try on some of the thick clothing, I did!

    It is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 - 4.30pm

    Admission is FREE.

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  • Definitely a must when in Tassie!

    by ExperienceSeeker Written Apr 14, 2009

    A week ago my partner and i did the Bruny Wildlife Adventure with Hobart Cruises. It was awesome. The highlight was defiantly seeing seals both on the rocks and in the water under the boat. The boat had this underwater submarine thing with a camera on it … it was out of this world. The guide on the tour was both nice and informative. He gave us warm jackets (mine reached the floor!), beanies and even hand warmers. The skippers (you go on two different boats during the day) seemed very professional and knew the area very well. Both boats were All in all we were well looked after and had a great experience. Definitely a must when in Tassie!

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    Salamanca Markets

    by iandsmith Written Mar 15, 2009

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    The most famous thing in Hobart, dare I submit, is the Salamanca Markets. This not-to-be-missed event happens every Saturday and draws a crowd, rain, hail or shine; though it's fair to suggest that on a freezing winter morn there may be a few less than in spring!
    Food and art are two of the things that you'll see lots of here and, with a backdrop of the harbour on one side and the lovely old restored warehouses on the other, it's a wonderful venue.

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    Macquarie Street

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 15, 2009

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    Macquarie is another and it runs parellel on the eastern side of Liverpool Street and is one of the main thoroughfares into the CBD.
    It has a little more variety in what you're likely to see, from old to colourful to modern.

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    Cat & Fiddle Arcade

    by balhannah Written Sep 25, 2008

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    This arcade links Elizabeth Street with Centrepoint. Inside, it has an animated clock, which acts out the Cat and Fiddle Nursery Rhyme on the hour, every hour. There are seats there to rest your legs.

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    "INCAT" CRUISE

    by balhannah Updated Sep 25, 2008

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    "Incat" is a world famous builder of Catamarans. They build Catamarans for all over the world. This cruise just takes you to their factory to see how they are built. Cost 2008, $20, with the "Cruise Company." They have built all the Catamarans in the photos, plus a lot more.

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    Captain Fell's Harbour Cruise.

    by balhannah Written Sep 25, 2008

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    We did the lunch time cruise which was Excellent, we thought is was good value for money. The cruise boat is old, don't let this put you off. There are 3 different cruises to choose from. You get a different view of Hobart when you are on the water. In 2008, Lunch time cruises vary from $28 - $40, with the cruises ranging from 1hr - 21/2 hours. There are cruise/tours that you can choose from too. For more information, have a look at their website.

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    Private lunch at the fruit farm

    by yann.ng Written Feb 19, 2008

    When my family visited me for my convocation, I arranged for a lunch at the Sorrell fruit farm after a fruit picking and fruit/wine tasting session at Sorell Fruit Farm.

    It'll be interesting for city dwellers like us to get a tour with fruit picking experience at the farm.

    If you are self-driving around Tasmania, I would suggest you make your way to the Sorrell Fruit Farm upon arriving at Hobart Airport especially if you plan to depart Tasmania from another airport.

    The owner and his wife are very friendly and hospitable. I was very easy to contact them via email and todate, I am still on their mailing list of their in-season fruits list and special offers.

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    Salamanca Market

    by yann.ng Updated Feb 10, 2008

    An open air bazaar with lotsa of Tasmanian products, art and crafts, live performers and food. There’s a small section of Asian vegetables, you’ll see lotsa asian and locals there shopping for their weekly fresh leafy vegetables.

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