We woke up today to be greeted by a beautiful blue sky. The plan today was to take the shuttle bus to Mt Wellington and then hike downhill for 2.5 hours to Fern Tree where we would take the metro bus back to the city.
However, the weather forecast said it was going to rain and thunderstorms would arrive from 10am (according to one website) or noon (based on another website). Either way we would not be able to finish the hike before the storm hit. So we decided to change plan and headed for our long waited buffet breakfast at Woolstore, an award winning luxury accommodation in the city. We didn’t stay there because it’s too expensive to stay for a week, but we thought we should at least try their hot buffet breakfast which was voted the best in Hobart.
It was 9:45am when we finished our breakfast, the weather outside was still brilliant and there was absolutely no sign of any rain! After another debate, we decided to try our luck. We walked quickly to the visitor centre in order to book the shuttle bus departing at 10:15am for Mt Wellington. To our greatest disappointment, there was only one seat left. When we were about to leave the centre, a lady approached us and said she has booked 2 seats but didn’t want to go for she has hired a car. Bingo! So we took her two seats.
It was a 40 minutes journey to the top of the mountain. While on the way up, the weather was superb, up at the top it was windy and misty! We could barely see the viewing platform from the car park! We were given 25 minutes there and during these precious 25 minutes the mist did occasionally disperse giving way to pockets of views of the greater Hobart city.
On the way back, the driver stopped the vehicle for us to take a few shots. He took another route so we could see more of the city. We got off at an old brewing factory, walked past the Female Factory before arriving at the hotel. It was an over 4km walk and there was not a single drop of rain the entire time!
In the evening we took our dinner at RIN, a Japanese restaurant in 10 minutes walk from our hotel. It was still early so we were served with a table. We ordered a dinner set and a bowl of ramen. Both were very tiny in size.Good food never needs to be in large serve. You should say price is relatively higher than other “Japanese” restaurants.
Later in the evening, the rains eventually hit the city and poured heavily.
The images featured on this post were taken with the Leica M with the Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0.