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Derwent River Estuary
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Iron Pot Lighthouse
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Lady Nelson on the Derwent Estuary
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Cliff on the Derwent Estuary
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Cave on the Derwent Estuary
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Inlet on the Derwent Estuary
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Rocks on the Derwent Estuary
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Cliff on the Derwent Estuary
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Cliff on the Derwent Estuary
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HOBART'S Southern Suburbs: Cascades, Taroona & Derwent Estuary

HOBART is the beautiful, historic capital of Tasmania. It is easy to access, has a lovely harbour, a majestic mountain and numerous interesting historic places to visit. Many tours begin and end in Hobart. It also has more facilities and accommodation than any other place in Tasmania. Hobart is located in south eastern Tasmania. In my website the SOUTH of HOBART refers to the suburbs south of Hobart City. I have also included a tour down the Derwent River, as my Hobart City page is full. The other areas of Hobart are shown in the other Hobart pages that are listed below.

The south includes the suburbs of CASCADES and TAROONA. In Cascades is the famous brewery and in Taroona is the famous shot tower. The other attractions in the South of Hobart are listed below.

From the CASCADES you are 30 minutes from PONTVILLE, HUONVILLE, BRUNY ISLAND and RICHMOND and 60 minutes from GEEVESTON, NEW NORFOLK and KEMPTON.

You are 90 minutes from SOUTHPORT, PORT ARTHUR, OATLANDS and MARIA ISLAND.

Nearby places are described in the REGION HOBART, REGION HUON, PONTVILLE, RICHMOND, Mt WELLINGTON, HOBART City, HOBART BELLERIVE, NORTH of HOBART, HOBART BOTANICAL GARDENS, BRUNY ISLAND, HUONVILLE, NEW NORFOLK, KEMPTON and GEEVESTON information pages.


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FACILITIES: Hobart is the largest city in Tasmania. If you can't buy it in Hobart, then you are unlikely to buy it in Tasmania. There is much accommodation both in the southern suburbs of HOBART and in GREATER HOBART.

TOURIST information is located at 20 Davey Street, Hobart. The telephone is (03) 6230 8233

For PRIVATE GUIDES telephone (03) 6238 4222

SIGHTS & ROUTES: There are a number of attractions south of the HOBART CBD and all are easy to access by car. They are single attractions and each has a unique character. These include:

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY.

  • CASCADES
  • Taroona
  • Derwent Estuary
  • Alexander Battery

 

Cascade Brewery, Hobart

1/ The Cascade Brewery sits at the foot of Mt Wellington in the suburb of Cascade, which is just west of the Hobart CBD. Tours of the historic factory are conducted daily.

Cascade Brewery, Hobart

2/ Visitors gather at the old managers residence before being taken on the tour of the Cascade Brewery. The old residence has a restaurant, shop and a beer garden.

Cascade Brewery, Hobart

3/ This photo shows the lovely garden behind the visitors centre of the Cascade Brewery, where the visitors gather for their tours.

Cascade Brewery, Hobart

4/ Next to the Cascade Brewery is Cascade Park, which has many beautiful, old trees.

 

Shot Tower, Taroona, Hobart

1/ Taroona is a suburb on the southern edge of Hobart on Sandy Bay Road. It contains the Shot Tower built in 1870.

Shot Tower, Taroona, Hobart

2/ The Shot Tower at Taroona is a massive 60 metres tall. It gives the visitor great views of the Lower Derwent River.

Shot Tower, Taroona, Hobart

3/ The visitors can climb up the ancient spiral stairs to the look out of the Shot Tower, which is 60 metres above.

Shot Tower, Taroona, Hobart

4/This is the view looking South towards Kingston Beach from the Shot Tower at Taroona.

Shot Tower, Taroona, Hobart

5/ The manager lived in this stylish, Victorian house at the base of the Shot Tower at Taroona.

 

Derwent Estuary

1/ On 29 December 2015 I went on the Pennicott Wilderness Tour of Iron Pot lighthouse. This tour involved a journey from the Hobart Docks down the Derwent Estuary to the Iron Pot light house. We then visited Betsey Island and returned to the Hobart Docks. Our voyage was in the special yellow touring boat shown above. This photo gallery shows what we saw.

Derwent Estuary

2/ There were many boats on the Derwent that day. This is the Lady Nelson. It is replica ship that does tours of the Derwent Estuary. Beyond the Lady Nelson is the Hobart Docks and the Tasman Bridge that crosses to the eastern shore of Hobart.

Derwent Estuary

3/ This view looks back north west at Hobart City and the Hobart Docks. Beyond is the majestic Mount Wellington, which dominates the Hobart skyline and this section of the Derwent River.

Derwent Estuary

4/ We then passed the Wrest Point Casino at Sandy Bay. This casino is one of Hobart's icons.

Derwent Estuary

5/ The western shore of the Derwent Estuary is dominated by steep cliffs. This view looks past the cliffs to the south of the Derwent Estuary.

Derwent Estuary

6/ The rocky cliffs present many interesting shapes and colours. The orange colour is a kind of algae.

Derwent Estuary

7/ This was one of the narrow inlets that we saw.

Derwent Estuary

7/ This narrow inlet stretch right up to a cliff top above.

Derwent Estuary

8/ The Derwent Estuary has many sheltered areas, where sea birds roost.

Derwent Estuary

9/ I was told that this cave had been recently occupied by a homeless man.

Derwent Estuary

10/ This view shows the cliffs that line the western shore of the Derwent Estuary.

Derwent Estuary

11/ This view shows the southern Hobart suburb of Blackmans Bay. To the right is Mt Wellington. The rock peak on the left is Mt Sleeping Beauty. When viewed from the south, this mountain looks like a lady looking up at the clouds.

Derwent Estuary

12/ This is the Iron Pot lighthouse. This ancient lighthouse guides boats up the Derwent Estuary. The platform to the right is the remnants of a large house that briefly stood here. This house was destroyed by a storm shortly after it was built.

Iron Pot Lighthouse Derwent Estuary

13/ This is another view of the Iron Pot lighthouse. In the foreground is the remnants of the crane that once unloaded supplies. Note how sea birds that colonized the island.

Betsey Island Derwent Estuary

14/ This is Betsey Island. It is on the eastern side of the Derwent Estuary. The vegetation cover has been denuded by rabbits.

cave on Betsey Island Derwent Estuary

15/ This one of the large caves on Betsey Island. Note how the vegetation cover has been denuded.

cave on Betsey Island Derwent Estuary

16/ Our boat made a very close approach to this cave.

Betsey Island Derwent Estuary

17/ This view shows some of the rugged cliffs of Betsey Island.

 

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

1/ Sandy Bay is south of Hobart city. At Sandy Bay Point in Lower Sandy Bay is the Alexander Battery Park. This is the site of a fort built to defend Hobart from the threat of Russian raiders in 1885. It was progressively expanded until 1909. This fort is opposite to a similar fort on the eastern side of the Derwent River at Bellerive that you can see on the Hobart Bellerive Page. This is the view that the commander of the Alexander Battery had of the lower Derwent River that he was guarding.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

2/ This 5.5 inch cannon (equivalent to a 140mm) was once located in the fort. It was capable of firing an explosive projectile a considerable distance down the Derwent River at potential raiders. To historically appreciate the fort, you need to fill in the empty firing positions with guns like these.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

3/ This is the commanders view from the observation tower at the top of the hill looking down at his battery of cannons below. This view looks across the Derwent River at Tranmere. The opposite eastern shore is about 5 kilometres away. There are more cannon positions to the right of these.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

4/ This view looks from the cannon firing positions back towards the commander's observation tower. This is the small green tower in the centre of the hill with a flag pole above it. The door you can see leads to one of the few open tunnels. This tunnel is shown in the image below.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

5/ This tunnel leads from the main firing area to a small firing position to its north. It is about 2 metres high. I used a flash to show the construction.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

6/ This is the firing position that the tunnel led to. It once housed a smaller 3.5 inch cannon.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

7/ This image looks to the north across two large gun firing positions to the small one that you can see in the image above.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

8/ This image looks down into the mustering yard. The doors lead to blocked galleries where the garrison once lived.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

9/ This is the view from the mustering yard. It is easy to imagine the gunners parading here.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

10/ This ground level image shows alleys and rooms near the mustering yard.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

11/ A large 5.5 inch cannon once stood on this structure. The trees have grown up since the fort was abandoned.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

12/ I was told that a more modern "disappearing" gun once stood on this sport. This was a cannon that could be raised and lowered.

Alexander Battery at Sandy Bay

13/ These are the firing ports of two of the smallest guns.

 

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