Travelling Australia - Journal 2015b




16 April 2015
Devonport to Hobart
284 Km


It was still early in the morning (a bit after 7.00 a.m.) when we cleared quarantine in Devonport. The local business community had long ago realised an opportunity and several eating places advertised breakfast and an opening time of 7.00 a.m. no doubt to service the hundreds of travellers pouring off the Spirit of Tasmania.

We had already made breakfast plans and stopped at House of Anvers Chocolate near Latrobe just outside Devonport for breakfast of croissants and coffee. This was one of many establishments which opened early to serve passengers from the Spirit. Judging by the number of people having breakfast this strategy worked. From Anvers we returned to the Bass Highway heading south, weather was bright and sunny, but cool, there was no wind; traffic was light and the road was good.

We had planned to stop at several other places along the Bass Highway enroute to Hobart. Next after Avers was Ashgrove Cheese near Elizabeth Town which was also open early (at 7.00 a.m.). We had visited here before when we had watched cheese being made through viewing glass in the visitor area; unfortunately the cheese making section was not operating at the time of our visit so we bought some cheese and continued on our way.

Next stop was at a raspberry farm and cafe at Christmas Hills, also near Elizabeth Town, and on the Bass Highway. This business had opened at 7.30 to attract passengers leaving the Spirit of Tasmania. We had a second breakfast beside a very pleasant open fire; availability of an open fire stressed the difference in weather (cool but sunny) we were experiencing.

When we left the Raspberry Farm we had completed the Chocolate/Cheese/Raspberry trio we had seen advertised on the Spirit of Tasmania and had had enough to eat for a while.

Next stop was Ross just off the Bass Highway where we took some photographs of the convict built bridge and wandered around the wool museum based on the wool grown in Central Tasmania. Ross has been bypassed by the Bass Highway and relies heavily on tourism. On this cool and sunny day the main street was very pleasant lined with deciduous trees beginning to lose leaves as autumn approached.

ross bridge

Ross Bridge built by convict labour as one of the early projects linking Hobart and Launceston.

From Ross we returned to the Bass Highway and continued on to Hobart. Approaching Hobart we relied on the GPS to direct us to the hotel we had booked into. Unfortunately, the GPS is not up-to-date with the latest changes in Hobart's one-way street system and we spent a lot of time negotiating one-way streets taking us close to the hotel but not quite there. But we did reach the hotel, unloaded the car, and checked in. Then I had to take the car around the corner to the off-site parking used by hotel guests.

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ross bridge

The stonemason work on Ross Bridge is considered to be of high quality. The work in the middle of the centre span claims credit for Governor Arthur but is not visible to people crossing the bridge.

around ross

The hills around Ross in the Midlands are far drier than the greener north and south.

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