Port Arthur, Tasmania

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Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania, Australia. Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and an open-air museum.

The site forms part of the Australian Convict Sites, a World Heritage property consisting of eleven remnant penal sites originally built within the British Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries on fertile Australian coastal strips. Port Arthur is officially Tasmania’s top tourist attraction. It is located approximately 60 kilometres south east of the state capital, Hobart. The scenic drive from Hobart, via the Tasman Highway to Sorell and the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur, takes around 90 minutes and covers approximately 96 kilometres. Transport from Hobart to the site is also available via bus or ferry, and various companies offer day tours from Hobart.

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Port Arthur was named after George Arthur, the Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen’s Land. The settlement started as atimber station in 1830, but it is best known for being a penal colony.

From 1833, until 1853, it was the destination for the hardest of convicted British criminals, those who were secondary offenders having re-offended after their arrival in Australia. Rebellious personalities from other convict stations were also sent here, a quite undesirable punishment. In addition Port Arthur had some of the strictest security measures of the British penal system.

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The peninsula on which Port Arthur is located is a naturally secure site by being surrounded by water (rumoured by the administration to be shark-infested). The 30m wide isthmus of Eaglehawk Neck that was the only connection to the mainland was fenced and guarded by soldiers, man traps and half-starved dogs.

Contact between visiting seamen and prisoners was barred. Ships had to check in their sails and oars upon landing to prevent any escapes. However, many attempts were made, and some were successful. Boats were seized and rowed or sailed long distances to freedom.

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Port Arthur was also the destination for juvenile convicts, receiving many boys, some as young as nine. The boys were separated from the main convict population and kept on Point Puer, the British Empire’s second boys’ prison. Like the adults, the boys were used in hard labour such as stone cutting and construction. One of the buildings constructed was one of Australia’s first non-denominational churches, built in a gothic style. Attendance of the weekly Sunday service was compulsory for the prison population. Critics of the new system noted that this and other measures seemed to have negligible impact on reformation.

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Since 1987, the site has been managed by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, with conservation works funded by the Tasmanian Government and the admission fees paid by visitors. Volunteer groups have been working at the building sites of Point Puer to help researchers gain a better understanding of the history of the boys’ prison.

To this day, Port Arthur is one of Australia’s best known historical sites, receiving over 250,000 visitors each year.The government puts significant money in the upkeep of site.

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Visitors can either survey the site for themselves, or participate in guided tours of the Site, a harbour cruise, tours to the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer and evening Historic Ghost Tours. There is also a museum, containing written records, tools, clothing and other curiosities from convict times, a Convict Gallery with displays of the various trades and work undertaken by convicts, and a research room where visitors can check up on any convict ancestors. Visitor facilities include two cafes, a bistro that operates each evening, gift shop, and other facilities.

Have you ever visited Port Arthur?

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Well, hasn’t that gone quickly?!

A huge thank you to everyone who has ever stopped by, left a comment and taken the time to follow along on this amazing journey. I enjoy every moment I spend photographing and blogging here at Snappystreet, and have certainly learnt a lot along the way!

So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I really appreciate all you do for me!

Here’s to the next chapter in the Snappystreet adventure!

Jackman & McRoss, Hobart

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 A Hobart institution is a beautiful bakery named Jackman & McRoss. If it is made in an oven, chances are you will find it here! From custard tarts, lamingtons, cakes, danishes, breads, pies, quiches, croissants Jackman and Ross know how to keep the customers happy.

With 3 locations around Hobart in Battery Point, Victoria St and New Town be sure to head in and enjoy all the baked goods on offer. I was honestly so overwhelmed with the amazing choice on offer! Just look at that window display, how can one choose just a single item!?

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We finally after much deliberation settled on the lemon and passionfruit tart with English Breakfast Tea, and a chocolate croissant with skim flat white. What a way to start the day! Both were baked to perfection, so light and fluffy and melted in our mouths.

The front counter was always buzzing with takeaway coffees and treats as well, so if you didn’t feel like dining in, you could always stop off and grab some treats for the day ahead. Make sure you pop in to Jackman & McRoss when visiting Hobart!

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Jackman & McRoss

57-59 Hampden Rd, Battery Point

Daily 7.30am-6pm

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Mount Wellington, Hobart

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A trip to Hobart isn’t complete without a visit to Mount Wellington. Situated 22kms from the city centre, you can travel the sealed yet narrow road to the summit of this amazing mountain. It rises to 1,271 metres (4,170 ft) over the city and is like experiencing another world once arrival to the summit.

It is frequently snow-covered, sometimes even in summer, and the lower slopes are thickly forested, but criss-crossed by many walking tracks and a few fire trails. An enclosed lookout near the summit provides spectacular views of the city below and to the east, the Derwent estuary, and also glimpses of the World Heritage Area nearly 100 kilometres to the west.

From Hobart, the most distinctive feature of Mount Wellington is the cliff of dolerite columns known as the Organ Pipes. It has spectacular views and is one of Hobart’s biggest tourist destinations.

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The mountain significantly influences Hobart’s weather, and intending visitors to the summit are advised to dress warmly against the often icy winds at the summit, which have been recorded at sustained speeds of over 157 km/h (97 mph), with rare gusts of up to 200 km/h (124 mph).

In the winter it often snows and the mountain is often snowcapped. Lighter snowfalls in spring, summer and autumn are also common. A day on the summit can consist of clear sunny skies, then rain, then snow, then icy winds and then clear again. The day we visited, the city was blanketed in clouds, but above us was clear blue skies. It was quite an interesting to drive up Pinnacle Road through the clouds, to appear at the top of the summit to a cloudless sky and be looking down on to the clouds below.

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The landscape on top of Mount Wellington is incredible, and the rock formations are beautiful. It was certainly worth the trip up the mountain, and be sure to take in some of the walks while you’re visiting. Warm clothing is a must, as are comfortable shoes and water. If you have time when staying in Hobart, be sure to take a trip to Mount Wellington.

Have you visited?

What is the highest mountain peak you have visited?

Hosting The Perfect Brunch

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Brunch is one of those fabulous meal times that only ever seem to occur on the weekend. When you have more time, can put more effort in, and relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

A perfect way to catch up with friends rather than meeting at a noisy and busy cafe, is to host your very own brunch! Choose a location with plenty of space, pick a date and time and off you go! It’s that simple.

It is up to you as the host, to decide how much planning and preparation you would like to put in to holding your own brunch, with details like decorations, invitations and styling all up to you. It can be a nice surprise for guests to walk in to your brunch seeing the amount of effort you placed on hosting the event!

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When hosting your own brunch, it can be a little overwhelming. Try and limit the guest numbers and remember to plan as much in advance so you can really relax and enjoy the company of your friends.

To make things more simple. why not have each guest bring a dish of their own? It will make the day run more smoothly, and each item is provided on it’s own tray or dish with serving utensils, this again will alleviate any running around on the day.

The menu items can be pre-planned before the event to ensure there is a wide variety of options, and don’t forget to include some drinks on the menu as well! Large drink canisters are very handy for events like this, as it allows the guests to help themselves rather than being handed lukewarm drinks that aren’t very appealing.

If you’re hosting guests but don’t have enough space for a sit down style event, think of easy to eat and handle food options, such as mini parfaits in single cups, or muffins and other baked goods. Makes sure you provide enough cutlery, plates and serviettes for your guests so people don’t need to go looking for items.

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Setting up dedicated areas for your brunch makes a lot of sense too. Having a designated tea and coffee station, with all items that would be required to make this as fuss free as possible will then allow guests to spend more time relaxing and chatting to others while sipping on that freshly brewed pot of tea or steaming hot coffee. You can provide as many varieties of tea as you like, giving guests lots of choice when deciding what pot to brew next! All these little touches just add a little extra to your brunch.

For anything that needs to be heated up or toasted, utilise each and every space you can, so guests aren’t all huddling around the same area, and to avoid congestion it will help ease of use for the kettles, toasters and sandwich press.

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Another fun tip for hosting a brunch is to create a Mimosa station. Provide guests with varying types of juices to add to some sparkling wine, to spice up the morning! Who knows, the brunch could end up turning to guests staying on for the afternoon and in to the evening so why not have a bit of fun!

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Most of all, remember to have fun! This is great idea for getting friends together in the comfort of your home, and by planning things in advance you know you can enjoy the morning without the stresses of throwing an elaborate function. You will find all guests are more than happy to contribute, to make the event the best it can truly be!

Have you hosted your own brunch?

What would be your advice or favourite menu item to bring?

Tasmanian Coastlines

SnappystreetPhotography-56Tasmania offers so much variety in its landscapes, and the coastlines are no different. Driving from Hobart along the Arthur Highway we encountered many different scenes. From rugged coastal cliffs, to windswept sandy stretches every few kilometres was a different vista.

We drove through Eaglehawk Neck, and down to the Devil’s Kitchen and Tessellated Pavement, again both stark contrasts of one another and a sheer delight in what mother nature can offer. We were blessed with clear blue skies, and a slight wind and chill to the air but it added to the dramatic landscapes we were witnessing.

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What is your favourite coastline to visit?

Franklin, Hobart

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While visiting Hobart last year, high on my list was Franklin. A newly opened bar and restaurant that I had heard wonderful reviews about.

Franklin is the breathtaking new bar and restaurant established by talented chef David Moyle and long-term industry player Ben Lindell. The bar menu is short and features the best of Tasmania’s amazing produce with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The wine list features a carefully curated range of natural wines from Australia, France and Italy. There is also an interesting selection of beers from Tasmania and beyond. The restaurant at the back provides a more extensive offering of both food and wine.

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The wine list is comprised of wines that match the food on offer. The food is largely organic being sourced from some of the best spray-free producers throughout Tasmania, so it makes sense to only offer wines that are also organic and preferably natural (fermented naturally and with no chemical additions in the winemaking process).

We sadly did not have a chance to eat here during our visit to Tasmania, but enjoyed some beautiful wine from the menu. We had a wonderful view of the kitchen and could see many of the tantalising dishes that were being presented to the other diners. Franklin will be certainly high on the list when we return to Hobart!

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Franklin Restaurant – Bar  

28 Argyle St. Hobart Ph. (03) 6234 3375

Bar dining: Brunch and dinner, Mon – Sat, 8am till late

Restaurant dining: Dinner, Mon – Sat, 6pm till late

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