Deeann and Bob from Georgia, USA, had a busy and varied day out with Tasmania i-Drive on their cruise ship day tour.
We set off from the wharf area and headed straight for Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. We were there nice and early and had a chance to see a few of the native animals, and the koalas, before our 10am Tasmanian Devil guided talk. We learnt some interesting facts about this shy creature and got some good photos of young Luca. Following this we hand fed the Forrester Kangaroos, saw echidnas, snakes, lizards and quite a few bird species. We also got to pat a young wombat which was another highlight.
Following a drive along a backroad we found ourselves at the historic village of Richmond. First stop was the oldest bridge still in use in Australia, the Richmond Bridge, built in 1823. We then visited the Richmond Gaol for a taste of convict life. Speaking of taste, our next stop was lunch at the local bakery. We then had a stroll around town and found ourselves at the Old Hobart Town Model Village. Depicting Hobart in the 1820s this faithful recreation of Hobart as an early settler’s village gave us a glimpse of a past life.
On leaving Richmond our next destination was the summit of Mt Wellington. We had a pleasant drive up and were not surprised to find the weather quite a bit cooler at the summit! The skies were fairly clear offering panoramic views of Hobart, the Derwent River, and beyond.
On the way back down a brief encounter with an echidna was a bonus. The tour finished with a drive around Battery Point, and Sandy Bay, with a brief stop at the Alexandra Battery lookout for a snap of the Celebrity Solstice with Tasman Bridge in the background.