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塔斯马尼亚岛之旅:自然风光、历史文化与绿色食品

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I joined a tour group to travel to Tasmania from Sydney during the 2010 Christmas and new year holiday. We visited two major cities such as Hobart and Launceston, as well as some small old towns like Richmond, Ross, Port Arthur and Sheffield. I think three words can summarise all our destinations in Tasmania: natural, historic and organic. We enjoyed the breathtaking and beautiful scenery on Mt Wellington and Cradle Mountain, walked through Mt Field and Cataract Gorge surrounded with rain forest, dropped in Richmond, Ross and Sheffield with a strong historical sense, visited the former convict settlement Port Arthur which was just been listed as one of the World Heritage Properties in 2010, and went to farms and factories, which offer organic Tasmanian products such as cherry, raspberry, honey, lavender and abalone. We stayed at Mecure Hobart and Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston. They are both four star hotels, but I highly recommend the latter to you if you are considering hotels in Tasmania. During the trips, I made some friends. It was glad to learn about the stories of other people's life in Australia. The tour group was pretty diverse, where there were retired couples, business men, professionals, recent graduates, and current students. Some of them have immigrated to and been living in Australia for a very long time while some others (e.g., parents) just came from overseas to visit their children for the first time. I can't wait to share my photos with you. Click the title to view the photos!
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I joined a tour group to travel to Tasmania from Sydney during the 2010 Christmas and new year holiday. We visited two major cities such as Hobart and Launceston, as well as some small old towns like Richmond, Ross, Port Arthur and Sheffield. I think three words can summarise all our destinations in Tasmania: natural, historic and organic. We enjoyed the breathtaking and beautiful scenery on Mt Wellington and Cradle Mountain, walked through Mt Field and Cataract Gorge surrounded with rain forest, dropped in Richmond, Ross and Sheffield with a strong historic sense, visited the former convict settlement Port Arthur which was just been listed as one of the World Heritage Properties in 2010, and went to farms and factories, which offer organic Tasmanian products such as cherry, raspberry, honey, lavender and abalone. We stayed at Mecure Hobart and Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston. They are both four star hotels, but I highly recommend the latter to you if you are considering hotels in Tasmania. During the trips, I made some friends. It was glad to learn about the stories of other people’s life in Australia. The tour group was pretty diverse, where there were retired couples, business men, professionals, recent graduates, and current students. Some of them have immigrated to and been living in Australia for a very long time while some others (e.g., parents) just came from overseas to visit their children for the first time. I can’t wait to share my photos with you. Here they are:

Richmond

Richmond Bridge: the oldest bridge still in use in Australia

Richmond Bakery

Richmond Bakery (I highly recommend their scollap pies - $6.5 each)

Hobart

Rural Hobart

Rural area near Hobart

Mount Field National Park, Hobart

Mount Field National Park, Hobart

Mount Field National Park, Hobart

Mount Field National Park, Hobart

 

Royal Botanic Gardens Hobart

Royal Botanic Gardens Hobart

Royal Botanic Gardens Hobart

Royal Botanic Gardens Hobart

Royal Botanic Gardens Hobart - the bee and the lavender

Royal Botanic Gardens Hobart - the bee and the lavender

Residential area in Hobart

Residential area in Hobart

On the peak of Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart

On the peak of Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart

 

Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington

The CBD of Hobart

The CBD of Hobart

Constitution Dock, Hobart

Constitution Dock, Hobart

a Lobster Havesting Ship parked at Constitution Dock, Hobart (The cages are for the lobster to fall in from the hole in the middle and get trapped.)

On a dinner cruise in Hobart

On a dinner cruise in Hobart (In the background is the Hobart Bridge.)

On a dinner cruise in Hobart

On a dinner cruise in Hobart

Waiting for the first yacht arriving at Hobart in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010

Waiting for the first yacht arriving at Hobart in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010 (Check it out here: http://rolexsydneyhobart.com)

Welcoming the first yacht arriving at Hobart in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010

Welcoming the first yacht arriving at Hobart in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010 (Check it out here: http://rolexsydneyhobart.com)

Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site - the penitentiary originally built as a flour mill, across the water

Port Arthur Historic Site - Convict-built church, representing the important role of religion in convict reform at Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historic Site - Isle of the Dead

Port Arthur Historic Site - Isle of the Dead (Between 1833 and 1877 around 1100 people were buried at the settlement's cemetery. The Isle of the Dead is the final resting places for military and civil officers, their wives and children, and convicts.)

Tessellated Pavement Created by Ancient Cracks, Port Arthur

This is the so-called Devils Kitchen (from a humble cave to a great gulch), Port Arthur

Tasman Arch

Tasman Arch, Port Arthur

Tasman National Park, Port Arthur

Tasman National Park, Port Arthur

Ross

Ross: a historic town in the Midlands of Tasmania (Incidentally, there was a pigeon stading on the statue.)

Launceston

Rural Launceston

Rural area near Launceston

Grindelwald Swiss Village

Grindelwald Swiss Village

Grindelwald Swiss Village

Cataract Gorge

Cataract Gorge

Cataract Gorge

Cataract Gorge

Seaport Boulevard in Lounceston where we had a seafood dinner with the view of North Esk River

Seaport Boulevard in Lounceston where we had a seafood dinner with the view of North Esk River

Seaport Boulevard in Lounceston where we had a seafood dinner with the view of North Esk River

My very first breakfast of 2011 at Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, impressive!

Rowella

Lavender House (There are a range of lavender products offered by this factory, such as essential oil, body lotion, hand cream, soap, lavender sachets, etc. Check this out: http://www.lavender-lady.com)

Raspberry farm

Raspberry farm (PYO price: $16 per kilogram)

East Devonport

Cherry Form

a cherry farm where we tasted a range of cherries (from darker to lighter, from sweater to sourer, from bigger to smaller, from harder to softer, etc.) priced from $8 to $16 per kilogram

The processing sector of a cheery farm

Chudleigh

 

The Honey Farm

The Honey Farm, sampling a range of honey and honey-related products (go to http://www.thehoneyfarm.com.au for more info)

Sheffield

Sheffield: Town of Murals

Sheffield: Town of Murals

Sheffield: Town of Murals

Sheffield: Town of Murals (I purchased an oil painting of a mountain in the shop in the photo. When I came back to the bus, everyone envied of me for the painting's good value for money. I said all the paintings in the shop were around $20 but they didn't have time to go there as we were only allocated 45 minutes in the town for a quick lunch.)

An alpaca and her owner at Sheffield

An alpaca and her owner at Sheffield (I came across a man having a coffee on the street with his alpaca and I chatted with him about the strange-looking animal. He said I could take a photo if I donated some money... And I did so. In China, this kind of animals were recently given another name by the Internet users - Grass Mud Horse. The name is derived from a Chinese profanity which translates to "fuck your mother". It is widely used for bypassing the government's "inappropriate content" filtering system on the Internet. So, I found it interesting and funny to see a real "grass mud horse" in person in Tasmania!)

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

Flours at the foot of Cradle Mountain

Flowrs at the foot of Cradle Mountain (Anyone knows the name of the flower?)

Flours at the foot of Cradle Mountain

Flowrs at the foot of Cradle Mountain (Anyone knows the name of the flower?)

Beauty Point

Beauty Point

Beauty Point, the last stop before heading back to Sydney

a Seafood factory

Fresh blacklip abalones (Do you know that Tasmania provides approximately 25% of the yearly world abalone harvest?)

 

People picking frozen greenlip abalones

People picking frozen greenlip abalones ( It was the last day of the tour. We bought some abalones, placed them in foam boxes, and then directly headed back to Launceston to catch the flight back to Sydney.)

The processing sector of a cheery farm


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