Today we have just a short post where we have a video showing more images from our visit to this historic Tassie attraction.
With over 300 figurines of people and animals and buildings to a scale of 1:16 it is certainly an interesting, educational and fun time that you spend at this history-rich model village.
We recommend dropping into the Old Hobart Town Model Village when you are in the Richmond area of Tasmania. It is easy to find as it is in the main street through Richmond right next door to the Wood Shop.
Next time we will visit Pooley wines, which is just on the outskirts of Richmond on the Hobart side. Here you can not only enjoy delicious wine tastings, but also other delicacies such as cheese and fruit platters.
Our first main stop on our Tassie Holiday was in Richmond, at the Old Hobart Town Model Village which is only a short drive from Hobart or for us from the Hobart Airport.
We got our tickets and went inside to see what it was all about.
I must say that the three of us were all very impressed with all of the effort that Andrew Quick and his father put into creating such life-like figurines of convicts and soldiers and the realistic models of the buildings and ships.
The buildings are constructed to a scale of 1:16 and are very realistically created. Andrew and his dad used plans for many of the buildings from the Tasmanian archives. They are covered in cement and plaster and have stones, bricks and shingles moulded into them.
You are given a map when you enter and you can follow this along with the signs that are all around the models and various streets.
It is interesting to note that many of the buildings in the model shown, as they existed back in the 1820’s are still standing in the city of Hobart today.
Some other buildings in the Old Hobart Town Model still exist in Hobart too, but they have had changes made to them, such as additional sections built onto the existing structures.
One thing that we all enjoyed, aside from the historical aspect, was the fun activity of trying to locate the 4 figurines as shown on the map that we each received. Some of the 4 figurines were quite difficult to find amongst all of the buildings and other figurines.
The figurines that we needed to track down and locate were the adult Tasmanian Tiger with a cub, a boy falling out of a tree, a man skinning a kangaroo and a lady hitting a snake with a stick as the snake was about to attack her!
When you find all four figures you can go to the entry to the attraction and receive a special sticker. This will be a fun activity for youngsters. We also had fun doing it!
There is much detail in the whole layout. In fact you can walk up Davey St and down Macquarie St and imagine how it all was for the convicts and soldiers who lived there almost 200 years ago!
The miniature trees are Tasmanian Myrtle trees and are scattered all throughout the display. These trees are very effective in adding to the realism of the day back in the 1820’s.
I am glad that we began our Tassie holiday by visiting Old Hobart Town in Richmond as it gave us a very good overview of the city of Hobart from a historical perspective.
Each of the various sections of the model created a different picture in my mind of how life really was back 190 years ago. The hospital with its patients being treated for all kinds of injuries and sicknesses.
The port itself with 2 sailing ships sitting in the harbour. A team of bullocks moving a heavy load of logs. Fishermen sitting on the edge of the rivulet with simple fishing rods, trying to catch their tea.
It is definitely a place that I recommend to others to come and see. You can easily relax and walk around for an hour or more taking in the rich history of this region of Tassie.
This is a special blog post that I had not expected to write. The post about Old Hobart Town will come shortly.
Saturday morning I got up at 5.30am and finalized our packing so that we were all ready to leave for the airport at 7.30am for our flights. Tehillah was flying to Sydney on Jetstar and Greg and I were set to fly to Melbourne on Tiger Airways to visit family who we have not seen for many, many years.
At 6am I turned on the TV to check the news to confirm that we could fly and that there were no further problems with volcanic ash. I was shocked when I heard the news!
CASA had grounded all Tiger Airways Domestic flights in Australia effective immediately! This meant that Greg and I could not fly to Melbourne to see our family.
We had no access to Internet to find out more information so we phoned up Tiger Airways at about 6.30am only to receive a recorded message saying that we had called outside office hours and needed to phone back during normal business hours. Or, the recorded message told us that we could also go to their website to find out more information.
Well that was not very helpful! What are travelers meant to do when they can not get in contact with the airline?
I will Never fly Tiger Airways again! They have certainly made some unhappy and unsatisfied customers with this treatment.
In my opinion, at least they could have sent text messages to all of the customers who had booked and given a mobile contact number. I believe that if they could not send an SMS then they should have phoned up travelers who had provided any phone number at all.
I heard that people were still arriving at the airports around Australia, almost 24 hours after the grounding, still believing that they were flying to their destination, as Tiger Airlines had not notified them!
What poor customer service and customer relations is that? Especially with school holidays beginning today and many families setting off on family holidays throughout Australia.
Greg and I were able to get onto Jetstar and book flights for a day later, as all flights for our departure date were already fully booked!
We were unfortunately not able to get tickets to Melbourne and then the Gold Coast as it would have cost us over $550 each to these 2 flights. So with much disappointment we reluctantly booked our flights on Jetstar on Sunday flying from Hobart to the Gold Coast. Our 2 tickets cost us $309, which is money that we really don’t have to spend, but Tiger left us with no other choice.
After securing our flights we then needed to contact Selective car rentals to extend our vehicle hire for another day. Then we had no where to stay so the search was on to find somewhere to sleep for our extra night in Tassie.
We checked out the Hobart Airport Hotel and could have booked a room for $109 for the 2 of us. This was not too bad, but we ended up getting a one bedroom unit at Wyndham Seven Mile Beach using bonus time for only $87.50.
So all up Tiger cost us $309 for flights, $40.60 car hire and $87.50 for accommodation, totaling $437.10 in extra expenses that we had not budgeted for!
Thanks Tiger airways for this blow to our holiday plans.
What annoys me the most, after not receiving notification, is that really this should not have even happened! In my opinion, when a pilot gets behind the controls of an aircraft they should realize that they have the lives of more than a hundred passengers in their hands and they should fly carefully, following all of the aviation rules and regulations that exist in the region that they are flying in.
So why have Tiger Airways pilots been disregarding aviation regulations and flying below safe levels over populated regions?
I wonder if we will ever find out why they have done this.
Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas have added extra flights where required to assist all of Tiger’s passengers in arriving at their destination. I even heard on the news that Virgin airlines are capping the cost of tickets for Tiger passengers to a maximum of $100. This is a blessing for the many stranded passengers and holiday makers.
I am writing this article as Greg and I sit on our Jetstar flight from Hobart to Coolangatta, disappointed that we will have to wait more time to see our family in Melbourne!
We are also left wondering if Tiger will ever honour their obligation to refund the many thousands of unhappy customers who trusted them with their hard-earned money for tickets.
I hope that over the coming weeks I will be able to write a quick post letting you know that Tiger did face up to their obligations and that we did receive a refund… Let’s see what happens.
As promised last time, we will have a look at our fun and interesting visit to Old Hobart Town in Richmond, Tasmania.
Over the coming days we will share with you all about the absolutely fantastic time that we had on our 8 day stay in Tasmania.
Our first day in Tassie began when Greg and I flew from Coolangatta airport on the Gold Coast down to Hobart. Here we met up with our daughter, Tehillah, who had flown an hour earlier from Sydney to Hobart.
I had no idea that it was forbidden to bring any fresh fruit or vegetables into Tasmania, due to quarantine restrictions. So when we arrived at the airport to find a beagle sniffer dog sniffing everyone’s luggage and walking amongst the arrivals sniffing to see if anyone had any contraband, my heart started to pound!
Our daughter loves broccoli and since she had recently moved down to NSW to live, I had packed a piece of broccoli to cook for her our first night in Tassie.
At first I was unsure what to do. I always endeavour to be honest and to obey the rules. So I went up to the security guards standing near by and told them about the broccoli. They directed me to a lady nearby who was in charge of customs at the time. She told me that since I had declared the vegetable that I would not have to pay a fine.
I felt relieved once I knew that I would not be fined! All I had to do then was get my suitcase and find the broccoli. I then handed it over to the lady and we were free to set off to begin our family holiday.
We also brought a snow slider toboggan with us, in case we found enough snow to go tobogganing in. So we had to wait until the oversized luggage was also taken off the plane.
With all of our luggage in hand we left the airport and found the Selective car hire desk. They gave us the keys to the car and we went to load up and set off.
We unfortunately found a couple off minor issues with the vehicle, such as the cigarette lighter not working, which meant that we could not operate our GPS unit that we had all programmed with places to visit on our Tassie holiday.
So we contacted the car rental desk again and they replaced the vehicle with a larger car at no additional charge, which was greatly appreciated.
We then set out on our first little trip in Tasmania. We headed for the Historic town of Richmond to visit the Old Hobart Town model village and to see the famous Richmond Bridge.
In our next blog post we will take you thru Old Hobart Town and see how the convicts and free settlers lived in the Hobart area in the 1820’s.
Our family Tasmanian holiday is going better than we could have hoped or prayed for! We have been blessed with absolutely gorgeous weather and seen so many lovely places.
This is only a short blog post today as we only have access to the Internet via the free WiFi at Maccas here in Hobart. We will upload some images
We were warned about taking all of our Winter woolies to keep us warm, but overall the weather has been quite mild. I was slightly nervous that we would be cold each day and need to wear our thermal underwear, gloves, beanies and coats each day, but that has not been the case. We have worn our gloves once up on Mt Wellington in the snow. Our beanies have been worn a little on most days, but only for short periods in the wind.
When we arrive home in a week’s time we will be writing and uploading detailed posts of the many fun things we have done and beautiful places that we have visited, but until then here is a short summary of where we have been so far in breathtaking Tassie!
We arrived in Hobart on Friday. After collecting our hire car we made our way to the Historic township of Richmond.
Here we visited Pooley Wines and enjoyed a delicious cheese and fruit platter.
We then went to Old Hobart Town in Richmond and had a fun time walking amongst the model of Hobart as it was back in the 1820’s. Andrew Quick and his dad spent almost 3 years creating these intricate models and figurines.
Lastly we spent a while at the well-known and historic Richmond Bridge.
Saturday we drove up from Seven Mile Beach where we have been staying to Mt Wellington. We were hoping to find snow and be able to use our snow slider, toboggan that we especially brought with us on the plane, but unfortunately, there was not enough snow for tobogganing.
We weren’t disappointed though as we still had a wonderful time. Tehillah made a small snowman around 15 cm tall, which she named Dudley. He was even given a bow-tie.
While on Mt Wellington we walked out to Sphinx Rock and enjoyed taking in the lovely view of Hobart and the Tasman Bridge.
Sunday morning we set off very early and drove south-west of Hobart down to through Dover to the Hastings Cave and Thermal Hot Spring Pool. I have not been in a cave for many years and so it was a great blessing walking through the Newdegate cave with my husband and daughter.
After our relaxing soak in the spring pool we drove to the Tahune Airwalk to stay over night in the Airwalk Lodge.
Monday morning we bought out tickets for the Eagle Hang gliding experience at the Tahune Airwalk. This was absolutely one of the very best experiences that I have ever had in my life! I loved it.
Each of us highly recommend the hand gliding to every one who comes to the region. It is so easy for anyone to to be able to do. All you need to do is to get the harness on, get clipped up to the hang gliding frame and then sit back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous view of the Huon River as you fly above the cold, fast flowing water.
Tuesday we relaxed at the Wyndham resort at Seven Mile Beach just east of Hobart and close to the Hobart airport.
Greg and I had a relaxing walk along Seven Mile Beach, collecting beautiful shells as we went.
After the beach walk Greg and I relaxed in the 34 degree water in the spa at the resort. It was so warm and nice!
Wednesday we set out nice and early and drove to Port Arthur. We stopped on the way to see the amazing Tessellating Pavement. It was truly an awesome thing to see how the beach appears to be paved with all of these neatly placed flat rocks. Well worth the short detour on the way to Port Arthur.
We then went to the Remarkable cave where the light shines through the cave in the shape of the map of Tasmania. Also well worth the visit! The road to the cave is just 400 metres past the entry to the historic Port Arthur site. It is then around a 5 km drive.
After the Remarkable cave the three of us spent the afternoon walking around Port Arthur. We began with our boat harbour cruise. There was so much to see that we only saw about a third of the many different buildings and museums available. We recommend this venue to everyone, but allow at least a day to see everything. The pass that you purchase allows you to come back over 2 consecutive days. So if you can stay in the area and come back a second day then you will certainly be able to take in more of the history.
Thursday, today, we are heading off to the Bruny Island Ferry to spend the day on the highly-recommended Bruny Island.
So that is the summary so far. We arrive back on the Gold Coast next Wednesday and so will have lots of fun and interesting blog posts uploaded after this day.