On Day 6 we begun the next leg of our family trip, taking the morning flight via Jetstar to Hobart, Tasmania.
Returning our rental car at the airport was a breeze since Avis has an outlet a minute walk away from the airport, so we reached the terminal way earlier than we had anticipated. Regardless of where your terminal is, it won’t take you long to reach it once you drop the car off. I reckon all the big boys of the car rental market have a depot at the airport.
We bought 75 kg worth of check in luggage for our flight, 25 kg per person for 3 persons rather than for 4, since we figured it didn’t matter the number of people you had or the number of bags you checked in as long as the total weight didn’t exceed what you bought. Despite the massive amount of honey we purchased in Peninsula Honey Farm, we still had a good 10kg to spare!
The flight itself was slightly over an hour, and upon landing I collected the car from Apex Car Rental, a 3 minute walk away from the Hobart airport. Apparently they have a free shuttle from the airport terminal and they seemed rather amused that this unsuspecting Asian decided to hoof it, but it really wasn’t that far away in my opinion.
I have to mention that it’s almost impossible to travel without a car in Tasmania, since they don’t have much of a public transport system compared to Melbourne so if you don’t fancy tours like me a car is probably the only option you have.
I was slightly aggrieved with Apex, believing I paid for a Toyota Rav 4. I know these things aren’t guaranteed but still…it also didn’t help that during the week I encountered plenty of Rav 4s with the Apex car decal. I was given a smaller Ford Kuga with 75,000km mileage instead. It actually turned out okay despite the engine sounding more like a truck than a SUV. The boot space was a slight problem but due to Pari’s quick thinking plus some creative maneuvering we managed to get all our luggage in, 4 suitcases in all. The service from Apex though was quite brilliant so I didn’t moan a lot about the car they gave me, not in front of them at least.
The first thing we did was to head to the Hobart waterfront for a good old fashioned meal of Aussie style fish and chips. While checking my carry on baggage the customs officer in Melbourne strongly recommended this particular spot so we had to ditch our earlier idea of trying out a Singaporean owned cafe in the city centre.
Along the waterfront there are several shops to choose from, but we went with the one I recalled seeing in the pages of Lonely Planet and which happened to have the longest queue as well.
Flippers is a nice little casual store, offering different variations of fried seafood. A box like what you see costs about AUD17, enough to feed 2 average sized adults unless you are absolutely famished. The problem was more the understanding of the food definitions, since in Singapore you only say fish and chips and that’s the end of it. Over in Australia you probably would encounter “flake”or “crumbed trevalla” in most shops, but I would say the flake is closer to what we usually get back home. The batter is thicker and crispier, and the fish more moist and flaky compared to the trevalla, which is a little more dry and has a slight fishy taste to it as far as I’m concerned. Both however have their own fans but I would say the flake edges it.
Once our bellies were filled we proceeded to check in to our Airbnb townhouse, arguably one of the best places we stayed throughout our trip.
I’ve always fantasized about staying in a two storey house and I’ll probably never get to do so as long as I stay in Singapore, since 80% of the population get mugged for half a million buying a government owned apartment which is technically not even yours. That’s a topic for another discussion I guess.
Located in Glebe, this townhouse (you rent one of the two units here) is a short 5 minute drive away from Hobart City Centre, has your own parking space, a Woolworths within walking distance, and most importantly, the interior is impeccably clean, cosy and you feel right at home the moment you walk in.
The townhouse boasts of 2 rooms, and has a nice chill out attic on the second floor where you can check your social media on one of the comfortable bean bags.
The entire house is perfectly sized, small and cosy yet enough space for your own privacy. I would be absolutely delighted if I owned a house like this!
Our only sightseeing stop on the day was Mount Wellington, a 30 minute drive from Hobart. On a wet or icy day the roads up to the top of the mountain might be slippery, so do exercise caution if conditions are rough. Otherwise it’s a pretty easy drive when you ascend the mountain so as long you stick to the speed limits, keep to your own lanes, and don’t fall asleep. Obviously it’s colder once you are up the peak so it’s probably wise to wear some warm clothes to appreciate the views a little longer.
Walking paths are nicely constructed so this is a attraction that is suitable for all ages, even for those with vertigo.
Mount Wellington is a great place to kick off your Tasmania holiday, with it being so close to the city centre. The wonderful views give you a nice overview of the vastness of the island, and one can almost immediately sense the difference between Tasmania and the other states of Australia. Even if you are not a person who enjoys gorgeous scenery, consider making a trip up there still-Tasmania supposedly has the freshest air in the world and what more so than 1,270 metres above sea level!