History, Heritage and Wildlife

Trip Start Feb 06, 2012
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Trip End Apr 16, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Friday, February 17, 2012

After three days at sea, full of fun, mahjong games,relaxation, needlepoint, staff entertainment  and lots of meals and liquid refreshments it was nice to site land again --- Hobart, the capital city of the State of Tasmania. We docked early in the morning and each individual had to have a “face-to-face” with Australian Customs and Immigration. After a few questions, passport check and stamp we were allowed to go ashore. Our tour was an afternoon one so we decided to catch the shuttle bus and head into town. Although Hobart has a city designation, (Australia’s 6th most sustainable city), it really is about the size of a town -- 200,000 people. Founded in 1804 as a penal colony. it is the second oldest capital city (for the state of Tasmania) in Australia The oldest is Sydney, capital of the state of New South Wales. Canberra is the actual capital for the country of Australia. Hobart is a hub for cruise ships during the summer months -- we shared the dock with Norwegan, Radiance of the Sea --- a massive ship compared to ours. In addition to the tourist industry it supports other industries such as ship building, breweries, wineries, Cadbury chocolate factory, and Opium production (the legal kind for prescription drugs!) Mount Wellington is the predominant feature of Hobart’s skyline -- unfortunately it was hidden behind a bank of cloud today. After meandering through the warf district, (art, galleries, craft shops, coffee shops etc.), we went bact to the ship for our tour -- “History, Heritage and Wildlife” . The ‘history’ was briefly given to us by our guide as we drove to the ‘heritage’, the town of Richmond, about fifteen minutes drive outside of Hobart. It is a very small town created in the 1800’s and is home to the oldest bridge  and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Australia. The townspeople had two options regarding the old buildings -- restore them to what they were  or do nothing at all to them. As a result the main street, which is about three blocks long, has some beautifully restored buildings that are used as a hotel, many shops (of course!). This included a wonderful ice cream & sweet shop with their own home made ice cream!! Very yummy --- they give B&R a good run!!! 
Next came the ‘wildlife’ part. We drove a shot distance and arrived at Bonorong Wildlife Park a sanctuary and rescue park for Australian wildlife. This was quite an amazing place --- we walked amongst the kangaroos,(fed them from our hands), saw spectacular coloured birds, Koalas, Wombats, Emus and  Tasmanian Devils (I went to meet the "devil" to make sure I was not on his list!). Tasmanian devils are small dog sized animals that are nocturnal marsupials -- unfortunately they are facing extinction due to a cancerous facial disease that is easily spread from one to the other -- they are working on finding a cure for it. It was a great afternoon. 


FYI ---- There are a great many pictures in this blog but that is because eventually I will have it  printed into a book for me so apologies for the number of photos. Also there are photos of worded signs giving animal descriptions -- if you want to read these you have to double click on them to make them readable.
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Susan Adams on

Hi Kay,
Enjoying your trip. Fun to see Radience of the Seas. Peter was Chief Officer on her before he left Royal Caribbean.

Keep the Blogs coming. Susan

sandy huckell on

Wonderful photos Kay and I love your comments.I look forward to every one of your very informative entries!! Keep on having fun!! Love Sandy

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