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Last Day in Tasmania Part1

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Our last day in Tasmania was spent in Hobart. It didn’t matter that we were still very tired from the long drive from Launceston. It didn’t matter that what we really liked to do was just sleep all day, watch TV and order room service. It was after all our last day in a beautiful place  and we don’t know when we are going to be back. So we drag our butts out of bed very early in the morning, got our take away coffee from the restaurant in the lobby of our hotel and drove to Sorell Fruit Farm.

Before finally heading to the farm, we (really meant I) decided to have a decent breakfast in the nearby town. A few days of not having rice, made me feel very weak and grumpy. I told my husband that couldn’t take it anymore. I WANT RICE! NOW! So we circled around the town and found ourselves on a small Chinese restaurant. I didn’t have to look at the menu. I ordered fried rice right away which every Chinese restaurant have.

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My first spoonful of it was heaven sent. I felt relieved and happy even though the taste wasn’t really that great (READ: MSG). IT WAS STILL RICE! My husband on the other hand, went to McDonalds and ordered his burger. Sometimes it makes me think, is he really a Filipino? He must have been born in the wrong country.

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After the hefty breakfast, off we went to Sorrel Fruit Farm. Entrance fee is at AUD $12 and that already includes the picking containers.

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Cherries and wide variety of berries were in season!   

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Me, delighted to see an actual cherry tree. I got the pick the fruits too!

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Believe it or not, it was my first time picking strawberries. I know we have this in La Trinidad, Benguet but I’ve never been there (sad, I know).

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Our loot. You couldn’t get any fresher than this! Parang fruit juice commercial lang :p

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After spending a few hours in the fruit farm, we drove back to the city and dropped by the Hobart Royal Botanical Gardens. There we saw locals (half naked men!) sunbathing . The weather was really great that day. Who can blame them?

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The Conservatory. I felt like I was in Splendido and brought back memories of our wedding. I found out that this place is indeed a popular venue for weddings in Hobart.

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The park has beautiful collections of different types of flowers, herbs and trees. I think that this is a perfect place to to think, unwind and read a good book.

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November 19th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

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Tamar Valley

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July 9th, 2012 at 10:13 am

All Things Lavender

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Of the many tourist destination in Tasmania, Bridestowe Lavender Estate has got to be our favorite! As we stepped out of the car, we heard the buzzing bees and it they seemed like going crazing over something. And as we turn our heads towards the farm we understood why.

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So pretty! The fields of Lavender was truly a sight to behold—as in WOW!

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Tourists are allowed to stroll through the fields but must avoid walking between rows because bees do not like being disturbed.

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keeping a relax face while praying that the bees won’t bite me hahahahaha

 

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We visited Tasmania around the 2nd week of December and we realized that it was a perfect timing. According to the Bridestow website:

Flowering starts around the middle of November and reaches  full splendor during December and January.  Harvesting for dried flower begins around mid December. Harvesting for oil production and distillation begin in January and continue into February, depending on weather conditions.

 

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Sausage Roll with Tomato and Lavender Relish: We had two orders of this because it was that good! We even bought a jar of the relish from the Visitor Centre as takeaway. And yes, the tomato and lavender combo was surprisingly good!

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July 4th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Houses of Launceston

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Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities. This was very apparent  with the well-preserved Victorian houses that we saw while roaming around the city. It was my first time to see these type of houses and felt like I was in a different era.

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The sign says it’s a dental clinic. I wonder what it feels like inside while your tooth is being taken out hehehehe…

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Check out the terrace!

 

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Very elaborate wood carvings. It kind of look like the old houses in the Philippines.

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I don’t know what this building is but it’s arch-shape reminded me of my old school way back in elementary.

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and this looks like a mini “castle”

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July 2nd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

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Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

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On our second day in Tasmania, we went on a road trip to Cradle Mountain. We left Hobart very early in morning and only had coffee and beef pie for breakfast. According to different travel websites, travel time from Hobart to the mountain is approximately 3 to 4 hours. Ours lasted for 5 hours! We had a total of 3 rest stops. The first one was spent on lunch, the second was for Rudel to rest and the third was unfortunately an unscheduled, unplanned stop. WE GOT LOST. Our GPS (a.k.a. TOM TOM) suddenly went crazy and kept on bringing us to private properties and suggested that we should go inside those properties to reach Cradle Mountain road. That thing almost had us arrested for trespassing!  We decided to go back to the main road after 30 minutes of trying to figure out where inthe world we are!

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Meet the ever reliable (NOT!) TOM TOM loaded in iPad.

Tip: Have a back up, use GOOGLE MAP or a real map for that matter. GPS are not always 100% reliable. I’m glad Rudel was aware of this and thus loaded Google map in his mobile phone a few minutes before we started the trip. We had to stop so he could show me how to use the thing. I was (unfortunately for him) his navigator  hahahaha…..

 

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Farms everywhere

 

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We saw a lot of this along the way and dead animals too! Didn’t have a chance to take a photo of those though (too gross I tell you!).

 

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Sheep and sheep and more sheep!

 

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I told you, really really great weather!

 

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Beds of flowers. Wish I knew what these are.

 

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After 4 hours of driving, seeing this mountain was really a big relief for us.  We knew right then that we’re getting nearer and most importantly that we were on the right track HAH!

All pictures above were taken while the car was moving. I was really tempted to ask Rudel to stop in the middle of the road so I can properly take pictures but alas it will just prolong our travel time so I had to ‘improvise’ and tweak the camera a little bit. Looking at the pictures above, I just have to say not too bad, not too bad at all :)
Road trip to Cradle Mountain is really easy breezy. Just make sure you’re well prepared and have enough rest stops. Here are some safety tips from http://www.tq.com.au

  • read and obey road signs, for example at waterways or on roads
  • drive on the left hand side of the road and obey the speed limit
  • always wear your seatbelt
  • don’t drink alcohol and drive
  • be aware of driving long distances and fatigue – plan journeys and share driving
  • check weather conditions
    the sun is strong in Australia – drink plenty of water regularly and protect your skin from burning. Cover up with clothing and wear a sun protective hat, sunglasses and SPF 30+ sunscreen.
  • tell people of your plans if travelling alone (friends, accommodation provider, police)
  • use accredited visitor information centres (yellow and blue i signs) for local and regional information.

 

Also check  Tasmanian Road Rules.
– M

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January 30th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Hobart, Tasmania

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My initial reaction as soon as we arrived in Hobart was ‘Where are all the people?”

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This photo was taken around 11am. Doesn’t it look like a deserted  place? Here in Singapore, downtime only starts at 12midnight and the rest of the day is just pure hustle and bustle! So seeing this really surprised me. Or maybe because I’ve been living here long enough that I’m not used to being in a relaxed place anymore? 

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Hobart’s CBD. Notice how the modern are the buildings here? Completely different from the buildings on the above photo.

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Elizabeth Street. One of Hobart’s shopping district.

Most, if not all, shops in Hobart closes at 5pm or 6pm (while malls here malls here in SG closes at 9pm, ugh!). We obviously came too late. Look no people! Good thing there’s Woolworths Supermarket at Campbell St. which is open till 10pm, we were able to buy food the next day’s long drive.

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Taken around 9pm, on our way to Salamanca Place for dinner. I think Hobart has done a good job in preserving that modern Town look.

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I took this while crossing the street. The weather was just so good to us on first day in Tassie. Clear sky, no rain. We took it as a good sign for the rest of the trip and it was indeed :)

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January 27th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Salamanca Market

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Our first stop upon arriving in Hobart was at Salamanca Market. Although we were exhausted and had little sleep during the flight we could not pass on the chance of visiting this place.

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First thing I saw as we enter the crowded street. This would have been so creepy at night.

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The market is open from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. We arrived there around 1:00pm and it was pretty crowded. So if you want to beat the crowd be there as early as possible. (Do you see the red-headed girl?)

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Fresh produce of the locals. The carrots looked deliciously sweet and fresh. I wish we had this here in Singapore. It would be more fun to cook using fresh ingredients.

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These two talented guys juggling a small ball using their feet.

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the balls

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We saw a lot of wood crafts being sold. I also saw a peppermill made of wood and I really wanted to buy it for myself but it costs a whopping $60 a piece.  I was really disappointed. Too expensive.

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homemade jams and preserves

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phoenix?

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Salamanca Fruit Market

Address:
Salamanca Place
Hobart Tasmania 7000

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January 22nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Well, hello there

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I’m officially back from our 3 weeks vacation but I still want more. It may seemed long but I want another week just so I can stay in my comfy bed and sleep like there’s no tomorrow. I also want a few days off so I can edit our photos and post them here. We took hundreds of them and I really really want to share it with all of you.

Here are some random photos from my iPhone

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arrived at Hobart around 10am

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then went straight to Salamanca Market after dropping off our bags at the hotel

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taken around 8pm on our way to a restaurant for dinner

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The sun only begins to set at 9:00pm during summer in Australia and the sun rises at around 5am I think. Looooongggg daaay! Literally.  This was something new to us.

After a few days in Tasmania we went to Melbourne to spend Christmas

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taken at Flinders Street Station before Christmas day

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This City Circle tram goes around Melbourne CBD and passes major tourists attractions. The best thing about it is it’s FREE!

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Tourists must take this warning seriously I tell you. Incoming trams scares me to death.

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‘Melbourners take their coffee really seriously’ said a fellow tourist we met in one of the tours and we agree! Even the cafe latte in McDonalds was great. Makes us wonder, where do they get the coffee beans ?

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Our simple Noche Buena.  Bought roasted chicken from the supermarket and cooked Mongolian beef stir fry.

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outside the Melbourne Museum

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Early morning of Christmas day and this was the first thing we saw in the news. Whoever did her makeup must be punished. I mean look at her!

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That’s it pansit! More to come, promise.

Happy New Year!

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January 8th, 2012 at 3:20 pm