On Good Friday, Mia, Imi and I flew to Hobart to meet up with Mark (who came down a little earlier to do some prep…) for a couple of weeks cruising. We stayed aboard Northerly at the Prince of Wales Marina the first couple of nights to do some Hobart sightseeing.
Friday afternoon we had lunch and a tour at MONA (such a cool place), then caught the MONA Roma into Constitution Dock where we met up with the Bishops for dinner at Fish Frenzy. On Sat we went to the enormous Salamanca Markets- lots of local crafts and food – and fun to browse through for a couple of hours. We caught up with my uncle Peter, cousin Annabelle, and her husband, Brett and 2 of their sons, Finn and Oscar, for a fun lunch nearby. This flowed through to drinks aboard Northerly………
On Sunday, with perfect conditions, we set off on our first leg to Port Arthur. The scenery was spectacular- huge cliffs with catherdral like walls, sparkling water and about 30 dolphins swimming off our bow most of the way! We rendezvoused with the Bishops on Corinthia in Ladies Bay, just off Port Arthur. Sharon, Ruby, Alice, Mia, Imi and I explored the ruins- somehow avoiding the Visitors Centre where we were supposed to pay…. Girls collected apples from the orchard and we all thought it was a gorgeous spot!
The anchorage was very unexpectedly rocky, so not much sleep for anyone……. In fact, we decided to stay another night because the conditions weren’t great to leave the area… So, we moved to anchor off Old Station Beach and spent the day hanging out. Enjoyed a fun dinner at Gabriel’s- a good spot off Frying Pan Point.
On Tuesday (7th) we headed for the Huon River and to Kermandie. A bit lumpy- but we all survived with no sea sickness…! Again we saw lots of dolphins and a few enormous seals, lots of fish farms (which we were tempted to throw a line into), old colonial style homes on the hills etc. the Kermanie Marina had a very narrow channel entrance, but once there we had fresh water and enjoyed a very good dinner at the Hotel with the owner. A very tranquil, beautiful spot.