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  • CASCADE
  • Taroona
  • Derwent Estuary
  • Alexander Battery

 

Hobart South

1/ The historic Cascade Brewery is just west of Hobart. Tours are conducted daily.

Hobart South

2/ Aspirant tours gather at the old managers residence, which has a shop, restaurant and garden.

Hobart South

3/ Behind the old manager's residence is a lovely garden

Hobart South

4/ Just opposite the Cascade Brewery is Cascade Park with many lovely, old trees.

 

Taroona Shot Tower

1/ South of Hobart and just north of Kingston on Sandy Bay Road is the old shot tower built in 1870. It was used to make pellets for shot guns, until the early 20th Century. It is 60 metres tall.

Taroona Shot Tower

2/ This is the former factory at the base, which is now a shop and a cafe.

Taroona Shot Tower

3/ To see the views you first have to climb up this ancient, windy stairway.

Taroona Shot Tower

4/ This is the view across to Opussum Bay.

Taroona Shot Tower

5/ This is the view south to Kingston and the Lower Derwent.

Taroona Shot Tower

6/ This is the view north towards Taroona and way beyond it is the eastern shore of Hobart.

Taroona Shot Tower

7/ The manager lived in this stylish Victorian house near the shot tower.

 

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.

Mt Wellington

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.

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.

Taroona 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.

Ironpot lighthouse

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.

Derwent Estuary: Betsey Island

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 Derwent Estuary: Betsey Island

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

Derwent Estuary: Betsey Island cave

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

Derwent Estuary: Betsey Island

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 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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