Monday 23 March 2015

Tasmania Travel Pt 2: Exploring Battery Point

We arrived at our pre-booked hotel in Hobart at 8.30am. We were hoping the room would be ready but as expected it was not. The official check-in time is 1pm but we were told to inquire again at 11am, just in case. We left our luggage at the hotel and from there I just knew where to go to spend our 1st 5 hours in Hobart. It pays to do lots of homework before any trip, see?  
The first place I was going to visit is Battery Point, a short walk away. We were going to have a nice breakfast and then do a walking tour of the place.
Battery Point is one of Hobart's oldest and most historic areas. It is named after the battery of guns established there in 1818 as part of Hobart's coastal defenses. Even though the battery no longer exists, a large number of historic houses dating back from the first European settlement still remain, many of which were built of sandstone.
We were going to have our breakfast at Jackman & McRoss, a very popular bakery in Battery Point.
And what's for breakfast here? So sad, no nasi lemak or roti canai.  This restaurant only serves western eats, from pies and sandwiches to tarts, cakes and all types of bread.
We made our choices, and as usual preferred savoury to sweet stuff. 
I went for something I have never seen before. This 'goat cheese, spinach, sundried tomato and caramelised onion danish' was surprisingly very delectable. The egg, bacon and tomato pie was equally good. Our bill came to AUD17.80 (approx RM51.60). Considering this is one of the 'cheaper' eateries in Hobart, I can say money finishes very fast here. LOL.
Battery Point is one of the city's most pretigious suburbs. There are residential houses, restaurants and shops in the precinct. The thing it lacks is robustness as at times I do not even see a single soul on the street.
See what I mean? This is good for the residents but not so good for business.
The roads are undulating and at certain point you can get a view of the sea and the mountains beyond. Very beautiful indeed.
A significant area we visited is Arthur Circus and the beautiful cottages around it. This rounded arena is now a playground and a park. The cottages which were constructed for officers of the garrison in the past have probably been refurbished and renovated but are still charming in every way.
Arthur Circus and the cottages around it.
Cottages at Arthur Circus
A lovely cottage at Arthur Circus
Narryna Heritage Museum located at Hampden Road  exhibits a rich collection of Tasmanian fine and decorative arts. This museum which was built in 1837-40 charges an entrance fee of AUD10 pp.
St George's Church at Cromwell Street is a large and beautiful sandstone church. Built in 1836, this is one of the earliest Anglican churches in Tasmania.
Lily at Hampden Street, in front of a beautiful building.
Ah, just enjoying the cool morning air!
One of the early cottages at Battery Point
Houses at Battery Point are full of interesting architecture
Lily outside a residential house.
A lovely garden
Apples grow easily in the garden of  this cottage.
Hundreds of roses in full bloom - something that we don't get to see in the gardens of Malaysian homes.

Lenna Hotel is located in the vicinity of Battery Point
This is the historic Kelly's Steps constructed in the 1830s out of massive sandstone blocks. Located at the end of Kelly Street, this path is used as a short cut for pedestrian commuting between Salamanca Place and Battery Point.

Related Post:
Tasmania Travel Pt 1: Cheapest Flight To Tasmania And Arrival At Hobart
Tasmania Travel Pt 3: Salamanca Place, A Famous Tourist Attraction In Tasmania
Tasmania Travel Pt 4: Visiting Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Tasmania Travel Pt 5: See Hobart On Hop On Hop Off Red Decker
Tasmania Travel Pt 6: Crazy Winds At Mount Wellington

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