Sunday, August 1, 2010

Kingston to Richmond

Today we went down to Kingston to visit Ray Hayes (Deb's Uncle) who lives at Kingston which is about 12 km from the Hobart CBD. Kingston is adjacent to the mouth of the Derwent River and the views from the high ground around the beach is really fantastic. The one thing I can say about Hobart is that it is very compact. Everything seems close together.

Kingston seems to be out in the bush but is only a short distance from the CBD which makes commuting a breeze. The town is serviced by a multi lane highway which makes travel easier.

We went out to lunch with Ray and then headed out to Richmond. We used our GPS to find our way there and it took us on a very scenic route. Took us about 30 minutes to get there from the turn off to our accommodation and when coming back following the signs to Hobart over the Tasman Bridge it too us 20 minutes at the outside. The fuel companies must have shares in Garmin or visa versa because they make you use more fuel.

Richmond is a real time capsule. It has the oldest bridge in Australia, built in 1823. There are lots of places there that have been there for nearly 200 years. We had a look at the Anglican Church that was built in 1834 for 1000 pounds, ($2000). The clock in the tower was put in 1922 and it is still in use today. In the entrance to the church was a clock winders roster. There has to be 2 people to wind the clock up which appears to be done once a week

Outside the town of Richmond which is surrounded by vineyards there is a vineyard called Puddleduck winery where the champagne type wine is called Bubbleduck.

Only a short day today. Will have more tomorrow. We're off on the Huon Trail.


1 comment:

  1. Hi folks,

    it sounds like you are having a great time in the south, wish I was there with you, I would love to sample some of that cheese you talked about.

    speak soon
    Andy and Co.