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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.

    The Lady Nelson (it's replica that is).
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    Constitution Dock and Sullivans Cove

    by seamandrew Updated Sep 5, 2004

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    Sullivans Cove is the body of water that Hobart's harbor is situated on. It small inlet has been a vital gateway to this city for many years and continutes to be vital to the city's tourism and fishing industries, as well as it's transportation network.

    The cove helps tourism by being a port of call from some cruise ships, allowing for excellent waterfront dining and shopping, sailing adventures and transportation by sea to attractions such as Port Arthur and the Tasman peninsula. Ferries are also available to transport you over the mouth of the River Derwent and into Kangaroo Bay where the environs of Rosny Park, Montagu Bay and Rosny await the visitor or local.

    Pictured here is the Constitution Dock which is were most of the smaller vessels and yachts come to port.

    Sullivan's Cove, the harbor of Hobart.
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    The Parliament House in Hobart

    by seamandrew Written Sep 5, 2004

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    Originally designed by famous convict architect John Lee Archer as a customs house, this large sandstone two-storey building was constructed using convict labour between 1835 and 1840. After self-governance was granted to Tasmania in 1856, the building was modified to suit parliamentary use. The lower floor now houses an historical museum and interesting historical documents are available for viewing.

    Open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.

    The lovely Parliament House in Hobart.
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    The Harbor by Night

    by seamandrew Written Aug 9, 2004

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    Any stay in Hobart can only benefit from a stroll along the harbor around dusk. The change from light to dark seems to have a special effect on the town of Hobart and the harbor itself. Many restaurtants dot the piers along the harbor so be sure to settle down at a nice once and look for the moon with your loved one. You'll be surprise how quickly you forget about the chilly weather.

    The moon comes out on Hobart
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    The Harbor by Day

    by seamandrew Written Sep 4, 2004

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    Just as lovely, but a bit more busy, the harbor is a great place to get close to the sea which has been so important to this harbor town. There are many restaurants in the area and it's a perfect place to get a good view of the city with Mount Wellington in the background. I would highly recommend a stroll in around the piers. Do it for the fresh sea air alone!

    The Harbor as seen from out hotel room.
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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.

    The historic May Queen.
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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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    Gibson's Flour Mill

    by seamandrew Written Sep 5, 2004

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    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.

    Gibsdon's Flour Mill
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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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    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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    Port Arthur

    by imstress Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Port Arthur is a historic site which was built by convict labour.

    The beautiful architecture, gardens and chilling prison facilities survive today for you to explore.

    Pls do not ask the staff about the incident that happend in 1996. Read all about it from website.

    Port Arthur
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    Do A Wandering Around Battery Point

    by xuessium Updated Oct 17, 2005

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    Battery Point in Hobart is seeped with history and is named after a Battery of guns (long since removed) that were established on the point in 1818. It is an old port and maritime village. There are plenty of pretty buildings including the Arthur Circus Cottages and St. George's Anglican Church among other interesting things to see and do. You will also see Van Diemen's Land Folk Museum, a lovely Georgian building amongst beautiful grounds. It is open everyday from 10.30am - 5.00pm during the week and noon - 5.00pm on the weekend.

    Today, Battery Point is not just a residential area but also home to several more upmarket restaurants/eateries as well as cosy Bed & Breakfasts. Perfect place to stay for a honeymooning couple. A very quaint, quiet and dignified place to take a stroll through in the evening just admiring the many well preserved historical buildings and manors. Architecture-buffs should not miss this spot. I was admiring this lovely brick mansion, half expecting it to be a historical building and pop, out came this family with kids going out for dinner. Astounding!

    BatteryPoint@Sunset
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    HUON TRAIL - Apple & Heritage Museum

    by imstress Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Guided tours are conducted if required and you will be taken through the history of apple growing, picking and packing in the Huon valley.

    I joined the Huon Trail tour and the guided tour was included in the package.

    Apple & Heritage Museum
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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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    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.

    HUON TRAIL - Apple Museum
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