We woke to our first full day in Tasmania on Anzac Day. We woke early so that we could go to the dawn service at Hobart’s Cenotaph. I didn’t take my camera as I felt it would be disrespectful. I did however, snap a couple of pics with my phone after the service. Hobart’s Cenotaph is positioned high on a hill with a beautiful outlook! The turnout was incredible – hundreds if not thousands of people!
After the service we went back to our hotel room and had some breakfast (by a gorgeous warm fireplace – see on Instagram!). We then drove on out to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) where we spent the morning. Here are some of the photographs taken inside and outside around the grounds at MONA.
See the bit of white line about 2cm up from bottom left corner? That continued so that there was a rectangular white line all around the car. You were not meant to step over that line. My husband didn’t see that line and his shoe was over it. He got in trouble with security. Such a rebel! I pretended I didn’t know him! 😉
After MONA we went for a drive and explore around Sandy Bay and Battery Point and I did not take any photo’s! Oops! I was enjoying myself too much. We had lunch at Wrest Point Casino and I have to say that sadly my meal was not very nice. I should have done better research on good affordable places to go for meals!
We then headed to Mount Wellington with the intention of going to the very top. Unfortunately, it was a very overcast and cloudy day and we only got 1/2 way up! Cloud was very low and made visibility impossible and it was too dangerous to attempt going to the top. I did get some photo’s from the half way point though! You can see how heavy the cloud cover was. Such a shame we didn’t have beautiful blue skies on this day but we sure did on other days!
After we descended from Mount Wellington we explored a bit more before returning to our Hotel. Let’s talk a little about our Hotel. We stayed at Rydges Hobart which is located in North Hobart. I have to be honest and say that when we first opened the door to our room my heart sank. It was disappointing. It was not as it had been depicted on the web. It looked old (not in a nice antique or heritage way), run down and unloved. It really needed some TLC and an urgent refurbishment. However, despite this, it did grow on me. The bed was super-duper comfy!! Our room kept us warm and sheltered and it was a bit quirky in that it looked out over a sporting field – North Hobart oval! Here are a couple of snaps of the view from our room!
In the evening we went for a stroll around North Hobart and ended up having dinner at Fish 349. There were a lot of people in there for their evening meal which led us to believe that the place was popular! The service was fantastic and the food even better. Highly recommend it!
For Day 3 we head to Richmond, around 2o minutes North-East of Hobart and famous for the convict built (1823 to 1825) Richmond Bridge. You can read about Day 1 in Hobart here.
Ciao for now,