Despite some grumpy times we really did enjoy some yummy food both on the day and to take away! We also got a lovely litttle Scarlet Robin teatowel to remind us of Salamanca and Freycinet. It was hard but Dom coped very well with not buying all the lovely little wooden trinkets he had his hands into!
Note to self - DO NOT NEED TO LEARN THESE LESSONS AGAIN!
Big place, Port Arthur - many people take two days to fully take it in. We did laundry on the Sunday morning to give ourselves a little more excitement and time pressure to squeeze it all in, and arrived around lunch time for a single day visit! On arrival, we had a yummy, healthy and cheap picnic from the back of the car, played some good, important, sword fights with sticks, then rugged up nice and warm and got into it for 4 solid hours! We were all pretty wasted by the end but we had loved most of it. Maybe we would have been just as wasted after a full day, at a slower pace, but we would not have smelled as fresh as we did the next few days!! I think we made the right decision!
No one loved missing our boat tour by being so caught up in the solitary confinement part or the failed sprint to catch the boat when we realised our error! But MOST us us cheered up fairly promptly and were able to enjoy the next ferry ride one hour later! We all loved the stories and the beauty admidst the ruins. The boys especially loved the hands on part, tracing the history of your "own" convict and trying on the leg irons etc. It was wonderful to have been reading some convict history in the car and find ourselves already knowing some of the stories... and feeling a little smug.
Another must do, while in Hobart, is the trip up Mount Wellington. This was uniformly loved for the most part. Some grumpy soldiers of all ranks by the end of the afternoon/evening! Cold and windy, but spectular views, and a beautiful wildness that makes you feel more alive by being a part of it. The lookout shelter looks like it belongs in a Bond film, don't you think? Also much appreciated was filling our water bottles from a mountain stream on the way down, and drinking the freezing cold, FRESH water!