Come and take a walk with me along the Hobart waterfront area. It is one of my favourite places.
If you are feeling energetic we can start at Princes Wharf Shed No. 1 which is close to Salamanca Place and Parliament House. It has been converted to an exhibition hall and is used for all sorts of events the biggest being The Taste of Tasmania in the last week of December. This week it is the venue for the Winter Feast, part of the Dark MOFO winter festival which is running all week. You will often find the Aurora Australis and other vessels that service the Antarctic bases moored alongside the shed.
Next we come to Brooke Street Pier with its brand new shed which is on pontoons. Personally I preferred the old one but it was getting run down and needed to be replaced. Brooke St Pier is the starting point for many tours with sightseeing buses leaving from outside it and the cruise boats that take you to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Peppermint Bay and Port Arthur. Inside are tour booking booths and shops selling rather upmarket souvenirs and local produce like salmon and cheese. There is wine tasting, whisky tasting and for us regular people somewhere to buy a coffee and sit down. Why don’t I like the shed? Well I thought I might at first because the design is a similar shape to the old sheds but for me the black colour makes it look “wrong” and I don’t see what pink rockets have to do with anything. I’m just old fashioned I guess. However when I went in there today it was quite busy so I guess the tourists like it.
Continuing our walk we pass an older and smaller ferry wharf which I doubt will last much longer. From here you can take a cruise on a historic ferry up the Derwent and under the Tasman Bridge where you can learn about the disaster when a cargo vessel collided with one of the bridge pylons and brought a whole section of the bridge down. This happened back in the 1970s and Hobart was without its main bridge for a couple of years until it was rebuilt. Yes, I have done that ferry trip a few times.
Next we come to Elizabeth Street Pier where the old shed has been converted to a hotel. I like to take photographs here as there are usually plenty of interesting boats moored alongside and it is a good spot to see the Sydney Hobart yachts arrive. If I was a visitor I’d love to stay at the hotel and have a balcony where I could sit and watch everything especially at New Year when there are fireworks on the waterfront.
Nearby is the marina where many of the Sydney Hobart yachts are moored, for the week or so they are in Hobart there are extra pontoons moored next to the pier which is great because you can get really close to the yachts. There is usually security at the gate then to make sure the piers are not overloaded but normally it is fine to stroll onto the pier.
Here at the Swing Bridge we can take a little detour if we choose and walk back to Davey Street or we can keep going along the waterfront.
If we keep going we will come to the sculptures that commemorate Hobart’s ties with Antarctica. I was quite lucky to be able to photograph them today because normally there are a lot of tourists posing with them or taking “selfies”. At least the only photo bomber I to deal with was a seagull.
Finally we arrive at Hunter Street where the historic buildings house hotels and restaurants. The University of Tasmania has their arts centre in the buildings in this photo. There is one more large shed at Macquarie Wharf which is now Hobart’s cruise terminal.
If you feel in need of refreshment after the walk you can call into the atrium of the Henry Jones Art Hotel and get a coffee or a meal. The building used to be the IXL Jam Factory. It’s a nice easy walk, all flat and paved although you do have to share parts of it with cars and other vehicles. I was startled by a line of people on a Segway tour once.