Tim and mum, Sandra, and Emily and dad, Bob, had the day out with Tasmania i-Drive exploring the Port Arthur Historic Site and surrounding attractions. We made the most of a showery and windy day by having the rain fall as we were driving and the sun out when we needed it, mostly!
The day began with a hotel pick-up in Hobart and then straight to the historic village of Richmond. The sun shone as the obligatory family photo was taken in front of Australia’s oldest operational bridge, built in 1823. We had quick stops at the historic churches in town and did a drive-by of some of the more interesting sandstone Georgian buildings.
We then set off for the Tasman Peninsula by taking the back road into Sorell and then heading on through Dunalley to Eaglehawk Neck for our first stop at the Pirates Bay Lookout. When we arrived a sun-shower was passing and a couple of minutes wait saw the view across the bay, and out to sea, revealed. Hippolyte Rocks, with the sun now shining on the structure, stood out against the grey backdrop. A short drive down the hill saw us at the entrance to the Tessellated Pavement. It was a high tide with surging surf which made walking on the rocks unsafe, but the colours of the sea surrounding the natural rock paving stones made up for the inconvenience.
Our next stops were the geological structures named Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch. Once again, the weather was kind to us and we had some nice sun for our short walk around the structures and photographs. The lookout down to Cape Hauy provided an opportunity for a nice family snap for this BLOG. The ultimate destination for our day tour was reached just on lunch. We had a light lunch at the onsite cafeteria and then began exploring the Port Arthur Historic Site.
We spent some time looking through the gallery which showcases many of the artefacts from the convict era and Bob and Sandra tried on some leg-irons for size. They decided they were good for a photo but it was no fun to try and move about with them attached to your ankles. We joined the 1.30pm introductory walking tour and learnt some of the history of the site while walking through the remaining penitentiary building and seeking shelter under a large tree as a nasty rain squall passed through. After the tour we had a look through the separate prison, non-denominational church remains, and gardens before joining the 3.00pm ferry ride. The boat took us past the Isle of the Dead while the onboard commentary told us more interesting facts and stories of the areas past.
The return journey saw us make a couple of quick photo stops and a visit to a supermarket to stock up on what is, apparently, an Australian delicacy, the tim-tam biscuit! I had the family back at their hotel by 5.30pm after, what they all agreed, had been a great Tasman Peninsula day tour.