Sandy Bay is just a mere 5 minutes drive from Hobart so it is easily accessible. It has lovely beaches lined with quaint cafes nearby and a variety of architectural buildings, old homes mixed with modern homes.
It is fascinating to see many large homes, and is known as one of the city's prestigious areas. In the more southern areas of Sandy Bay, close to the water and also high on the slopes of Mt Nelson, are some of Tasmania's most expensive real estate.
We recently escorted some of our visitor mates from Sydney to this place as they were staying at Mercure Hotel in Hobart and were really hungry and tired after an early morning flight.
So we took them (in two batches) in Sandy Bay beach where we usualy go for brekkie after taking our son to the University ofTasmania which is in this city suburb.
Sandy Bay is accessible from the city via Sandy Bay Road, which runs from Davey Street in the city all the way to the Kingborough municipal boundary at Taroona where it becomes the Channel Highway.
We brought our visitors to Sandy Bay Beach for a quick bite after meeting them at their hotel in Hobart as they were really hungry after their flight. The nearest lovely but quiet place to have it was Sandy Bay. Our son goes to the University ofTasmania in Sandy Bay and we often come here when we take him there on days that he'd have a few hours of classes and we could wait here and enjoy ourselves.
Our guests were truly happy and enjoyed the sights here and the calm place and lovely waters although it was a bit cold when we took them here.
Sandy Bay's Long Beach and Nutgrove have been Hobart's summer playgrounds since the early days of settlement. Electric BBQs, picnic facilities and public toilets are all provided.
According to their website-Here, dinghy sailors and sailboarders tackle the fresh sea breezes, families picnic or barbecue on the lawns and children enjoy a play in the park. There's an easy walk to Blinking Billy Point, where racing yachts often turn at a mark, sometimes almost scraping the foreshore rocks. Each year, the colour and action of the Sandy Bay Regatta attracts crowds of visitors to the area.
Last 10 and 11 March 2013, people in their thousands descended upon the sleepy town of Ranelagh, around 30 minutes from Hobart to sample the delectable food, wine, arts and crafts and other products from the Huon Valley.
Despite the overcast weather and slight drizzle, domestic and foreign tourists mingled with the locals to enjoy produce showcasing all that is best and fresh from the area. From organic pizzas to tasty lamb rolls. tempura mushrooms, organic apple juice and cider, varieties of wines, quirky wooden signs and lots more, this writer and her family truly enjoyed the experience, aside from revelling in the friendly atmosphere and the area’s natural beauty as perfect setting for the festival.
The family is also supporting one of 90 stalls in the festival, Coffee for a Cause hosted by Huonville High School for its very worthy project Students Working Against Poverty.
Now on its 21st year according to its website, A Taste of the Huon is a celebration of fine food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon Valley and Channel region – held at Ranelagh which is only 30 minutes scenic drive south of Hobart.
One popular attraction in this years festival were the father and son Tasmanian celebrity Chefs Mick and Matt from the hit television program My Kitchen Rules who were on hand to pose with admiring fans, this family of four included.
Sandy Bay is a happening suburb. It's always busy and, with a large marina, yacht clubs, university and casino all within a figurative stone's throw of each other, it's no wonder.
Shown in this pick is the Wrest Point Casino (Australia's first) framed by masts from yachts moored just near the shipyard and taken from in front of one of the yacht clubs.
I'm pleased to say that the only time I ventured into the casino I won.
Just walking around the streets of Hobart can be very rewarding. There is so much in the way of heritage architecture that you can just about pick any street in the near CBD area.
These shots are, rather obviously, taken of Liverpool Street, one of quite a few streets that run parellel in a southerly direction from the CBD.
The building in the third picture has a small green oval tag next to the front door indicating its heritage listing.
To take in the city of Hobart, and enjoy the beauty of the mountain, the entrance of the river and the Tasman bridge head up the Mt Nelson Signal station. The signal station was originally the site of one of a chain of signal stations that linked Hobart Town with Port Arthur. Mount Nelson is now the location for a restaurant, picnic area and lookout. Accessible easily by car, public bus or a moderate walk from the city. This lookout gives a breathtaking view of what makes Hobart and Tasmania so special. Come and have a picnic or eat at the restaurant and look out on the city!
Battery Point is an absolute must see in Hobart.
It's one of the oldest areas of Hobart, with many beautiful Georgian cottages and some quaint old shop buildings.
As you can see, it's hilly and also has very good views of the river and mountains.
Richmond is the reason I fell in love with Hobart. Its a beautiful model town with alot of charm. There are also quaint little shops selling cute stuffs! You can find more pics on my Hobart page!
I just love the Georgian houses in and around Battery Point. Many were built in the 1840's.
It's a style very hard to find (if not almost impossible) remaining in Australia outside Tasmania.
This tower is where they used to make lead shot.
My husband, who ISN'T afraid of heights, enjoyed this place and took this photo looking down inside the tower from the top.