The sky looked clearer at the beginning in the morning. We knew the rain last night was torrential as the soil was all soaked. Gigantic moths were resting on the wall outside the door probably to take shelter. We checked out from the timber cottage and returned the key to Frank at at Haimet Chatlets. Frank showed us how to feed his animals kept in the farm: donkeys, calves, chicken and many more I could not name and forgot to ask.
New Norfolk is at the north west of Hobart, about 30 minutes drive. When we were leaving New Norfolk taking Route B10, we saw the beautiful Derwent River but unable to pull our car aside. Today we wanted to make a brief visit to Richmond, a town in the east before heading back to Hobart in the afternoon taking advantage of the clearer weather. It was regretful we did not stop by the river to take some nice photos, or touring some more historical places.
We arrived Richmond in less than an hour. Rain has started to pour. We immediately took a shelter in a cluster of shops and accidentally went in the Richmond Bakery. It is centrally allocated with other lolly shop, wine cellars and souvenir shops. Scallop pie is well known in Tasmania, this ordinary look pie cost only $7.5. It was surprisingly full of scallop. The carrot cake, among those sweet cakes was also tasty and deserved for a quest.
The old bridge on Route B31 in Richmond is must-see in this town even we were in the drizzle. Before we headed back to Hobart we dropped by for a short while to see this oldest sandstone bridge completed in 1825. It is still in use and was added to the Australian Heritage List in 2005. There is a small area for you to park your vehicle for a short break.
Richmond has many little charming shops with a long history and a character. Of course in the rain you could imagine how difficult it was to walk around. So we cut it short early.
Driving towards Hobart was an easy drive: B31 then A3 Tasman Highway to the west. Our hotel Travelodge is located in the city on Macquarie Street with a short distance to city centre and the waterfront. Parking space is scarce in the underground car space. After touring around a few times, I found a small space big enough to squeeze my Kia Carnival in.
We took a light meal in a nearby Vietnamese restaurant around 3pm and were recommended by the waitress to try a Thai restaurant for dinner.
The weather was cooler in the heart of Hobart and wind was chilly near the waterfront and Salamanca Place. I wish I had some more time to board a cruise to visit MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) upstream Derwent River(New Norfolk is further in the northwest). But the lady at the counter at the Brooke Street ferry terminal advised me that it was perhaps too late to make a visit at 4pm. In fact MONA is located on Route 1. It is convenient to visit it by car.
There were several seafood stalls on the waterfront. We did not try oysters again as they were not in season. We sat down in a cafe in Victoria Dock to have our afternoon tea: teas, ice creams and cheese cakes.
In the evening, we went down to Salamanca Place again to have dinner at Suwan Thai. It is located in one of the old sandstone blocks, formerly warehouses. It is popular with customers. The dishes we ordered were delicious.
There are many bars and eateries in Salamanca Place if you still want to explore more in the dark. But we were pleased with the places we have visited today to call it a day.