THE SPIRIT OF TASMANIA
Holiday to Tasmania - January 7th -January 14th
In the evening of January 7th, the day of my dad's 88 birthday, I went with Jennifer, her Mum and her aunt to Port Melbourne to take the ferry as we set sail for Davenport to begin our Tasmanian holiday. .We took the car and travelled overnight on the Spirit of Tasmania.
We spent a week travelling around Tasmania beginning at Devonport where the boat came in, visiting Burnie, Beaconsfield, Launceston, Bothwell, Hobart, Richmond, Oatlands, Deloraine and Ross.
Tasmania is an historic state with beautiful scenery. It is one of the earliest colonies in Australia and most of its settlers, in fact about 98%, were convicts. Convicts were people from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who were sent to Australia for committing a crime. Often the crimes were small such as stealing a loaf of bread to feed the family.
- THE ACTIVITIES WE DID WERE:
- making paper in Burnie
- tasting Tasmanian cheese
- drinking Tasmanian chocolate - the home of Cadbury chocolate
- eating Tasmanian raspberries
- visiting a mine where miners were trapped for over two weeks
- seeing echidnas, platypuses and seahores
- visiting historic homesteads
- watching lavendar oil being distilled
- shopping at Salamanca Market
- visiting historic towns with sandstone buildings
- visiting art galleries
I was very fortunate to be able to go on this holiday to Tasmania. It was a time to remember and I thank Jennifer for the invitation to visit the only state in Australia that I had not seen.