Staying in Hobart Town
September 14, 2013
18km by car
Clear Day, 3 to 13 degrees
Feeling ready for a big day.
Up early, off with the bikes and cruising down the nearby Hobart Rivulet cycle path which goes from the brewery into central Hobart. Cold fingers with gloves on! The path is really pretty as it follows the stream and then spits you out right into the middle of CBD traffic.
Hobart does have a lot of cycleways but they tend not to join up. I guess if you were a local you would get to know how they all connect. After about 20 minutes we were at Salamanca Markets.
The perfect couple.
As we have a tour of Cascade Brewery booked at 11am we have to hot foot it around 10.15 back up the cycle path to home. But it’s up hill. I hate leaving things this close. By the time we lock the bikes back at our place, we are all hot and sweaty, and we are running up the road to make the tour. Luckily we made it just in time. The tour is really enjoyable. Such a spooky building.
The brewery was first sited in 1824 and operated in 1832. Built with convict labour it was located on the stream to access the clean water from Mount Wellington. A great Tasmanian enterprise which is now owned by a South African Beer company.
Originally all workers could drink as much as they want at any time during the working day. Then, up until the 1990s, this bell rang 4 times a day for a 10 minute free for all. Now the workers are provided a carton of beer once a fortnight. No drinking allowed.
The price ($25) included a choice of a paddle of 6 beers, a mixed beer and cider paddle, or Cascade juices to be enjoyed after the tour. We also got a lunch vouchers for $15 which were really good value. I got the beer/cider paddle with Squid for lunch and Pat went for the juices and rump steak.
The setting was beautiful sitting in the gardens.
After feeling very relaxed we wandered back home via the old Cascade Womens' Factory.
We then took the car down to Sandy Bay shops to restock and had a look around Sandy Bay.
Finally, we drove back and parked in the CBD to visit the tourist information office, or should I say the tourist NON-INFORMATION office. That’s right .... not much help. Just trying to get info on cycle ways. We are redirected to the MONA info office. They are a bit more helpful but they hinted that there are a couple of councils involved – not talking to each other. A late afternoon wander around Salamanca and return home for yummy Lasagne.
Tomorrow – Biking Hobart.