April 29 - 30, 2013…Hobart

Today we head back to Hobart, Australia's second oldest capital city founded in 1804, via a couple more of Tassie's historical and sweet sights…the township of Ross, and Cadbury's!  

Ross is a now tranquil colonial village almost untouched by time and a fascinating town to visit.  It is home to the Female Factory.  Originally a male punishment facility, it was adapted and used as a probation station for women, housing 60 - 120 women at any given time, along with infants, if any.  Ross Bridge was constructed within 18 months, purely by convict labor, and is the third oldest and the finest, sandstone bridge in Australia.  The 6 arched bridge was completed in 1836, and is expertly sculptured, with Celtic inspiration.  Kev and I enjoyed walking around the colonial township, imagining the yesteryears .  We did stop in and at a beautiful bakery and enjoy a freshly baked Tasmania Scallop Pie, just to complete the whole sight, smell and taste of the area!…ha ha ha.  Onto Cadburys!

Cadbury Chocolates, actually now owned by Kraft, does not offer tours into the actual factory.  You are able to join in on an authored presentation and video session to learn about the wonders of making chocolate, before being let loose into the chocolate purchasing area behind the double doors.  

On into Hobart, a very clean laid back major town for city standards, with an awesome "chill" feel, and I am not talking about the brisk breeze off the Tasman Sea!  We lucked out, the weather has been kind to us, and we are able to shop around for awhile and enjoy the whole vibe.  Time to clean up and out the van, cook that abalone for dinner tonight and prepare ourselves for arriving back on the mainland.  The abalone cooked up to perfection, carefully following instructions from the seller.  I served it with a pesto angel hair pasta, and smooth drop of red...A great salute to Tasmania!..We'll be back girl!

Over looking Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve.

Over looking Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve.

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Historic convict town of Ross.

Historic convict town of Ross.

Convict built bridge at Ross.

Convict built bridge at Ross.

Ross Female Factory.

Ross Female Factory.

Ross church

Ross church

Kev & Freddo @ the Cadbury's Chocolate Factory.

Kev & Freddo @ the Cadbury's Chocolate Factory.

Cat & Freddo.

Cat & Freddo.

We sure had a devil of a time!

We sure had a devil of a time!