We are staying at the Hobart Showgrounds Motorhome Park and although very different to the Port Arthur forest location, it is fantastic. We have access to brand new ablutions as well as power, water and sullage for the van. We are a 5 minute walk to the bus that takes us straight into Hobart CBD and a 6 minute walk takes us into the heart of Glenorchy shopping centre. Mount Wellington towers in the background and is an ever changing view. It is 1270 metres above sea level. We recently drove to the top of Mount Lofty in Adelaide and thought that was incredibly high but in fact, it is only 727 metres above sea level.
We caught the bus into Hobart and attended the famous Salamanca Markets – over 300 stallholders sell fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and handiwork from all over Tasmania, interstate and overseas. We tasted some yummy cheeses, sticky honey, not so nice peanut paste and some incredibly tasty home made local jams. Brother Wayne and brother-in-law Jock would have loved the variety of wooden items on display and been fascinated by the variety of Tassie wood. We resisted from buying much as the van doesn’t have expandable walls! Afterwards we had lunch at a cafe on the harbour and enjoyed the views over the water and all the activity that was taking place.We saw the MONA Roma catamaran that takes you down to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), a ferry that takes you on a lunch cruise around Hobart, as well as some very loud and pesky seagulls!