Christmas in Hobart – Day One

I guess getting on a plane in the early hours of Christmas day is something I had never done before.  The trip to Hobart was a last minute decision thinking that two of my children were going to be away this Christmas.  A getaway during the Christmas break sounded cool and indeed it was!

Hobart is the capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney, New South Wales. The city is located in the state’s south-east on the estuary of the Derwent River, making it the most southern of Australia’s capital cities and its harbour forms the second-deepest natural port in the world.

Day 1 – We drove up Mount Wellington.  Although it is close to the sea, the summit of this alpine peak is 1270m above sea level.  On the mountain, you get panoramic views of the city of Hobart and the surrounding rivers and fields.

We visited the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden.  Entrance was a gold coin donation.  The gardens are magnificent and a pleasure to stroll around.

Dinner was a challenge as most (if not all restaurants) were closed for Christmas.  We found an Indian Takeaway/Restaurant which was opened and was such a blessing it was licensed so we had a simple Indian meal with a glass of wine.  That was my first experience having an Indian meal for Christmas.

Day 2 to be continued …………………

 

Christmas surprise - We were the first customer to drive the new Nissan from Avis Car Rental.  Here we go up Mount Wellington.

Christmas surprise – We were the first customer to drive the new Nissan from Avis Car Rental. Here we go up Mount Wellington.

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Lovely views from Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden

Lovely views from Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden

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5 thoughts on “Christmas in Hobart – Day One

  1. So different view from your pictures than what I get here when looking outside the window 😛
    Just grey and rain here without anything green on the trees …
    I am definitely looking forward to spring time here!

  2. Pingback: Christmas in Hobart – Day Five | littlegirlstory

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