Saturday 15 February 2014

Tasmania Trip - Day 22

Day 22 - 15/2/2014 – Hobart Day Trip

After a couple of early starts and big driving days, it was time for a bit of a slow day. After a bit of a slow start we headed into Hobart for a bit of a quick look around but the first stop on the way was Mt Wellington. We were lucky enough to be able to catch some glimpses of the city through the breaks in the clouds.

Mt Wellington with the transmission tower in the background

Impressive dolerite formations
An old Rolls that made it to the top.
After wandering around for a while we headed down to Hobart for a quick walk around Constitution Dock. It was good to actually see the place first hand as opposed to the finish of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. We found a fish and chip place to grab a quick lunch before heading off to the next place of interest – we were booked on the last tour of the Cascade Brewery tour of the day and we had to find our way there!

This was just one of the many of the old stone buildings that are in the CBD. It is the home of the Hobart Real Tennis Club. Real Tennis is the version of tennis that modern day tennis is derived from. It is sort of like a mixture of squash and tennis, a squash court with a tennis net. It would have been great to have had more time to just wander the CBD look at all of the old buildings.

We made it to the brewery just on time for the tour. The tour was fantastic as you get to go through the old brewery building to see how everything is done. Unfortunately because it was a Saturday they weren't bottling but you still got a real sense of the operation. The guide also told some stories of the good old days before work place health and safety. It was amazing to hear how much beer the workers were able to have on their breaks and still work, and not to mention drive home!! Unfortunately no photos were allowed inside the building.

The brewery
The environment to sample the product
The shop/bar/function center
At the end of the tour it was time for some product sampling :-)

The end of a hard day!!

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