We arrived in Hobart yesterday on a day when areas of southern Tasmania experienced some of their highest rainfall on record in the 24 hours to 9am, Eaglehawk Neck (115mm) and Opossum Bay (121mm) experienced their highest January rainfall in 90 years.
Hobart received more than 70 millimetres, which was the highest rainfall in three years. The Hobart suburb of Taroona broke a record, with 102 millimetres in the gauge (highest in 54 years).
The rain was accompanied by very strong winds making for a particularly bumpy descent into Hobart. Isabelle thought that was great fun 🙂 Isabelle’s mum was significantly less impressed. But thanks to some brilliant flying by the pilot, we had a safe landing.
The weather didn’t invite any outdoor activities yesterday evening, but this morning the sun knocked on the window looking for the special bears so we went out bright and early. First stop, Sorell Fruit Farm!
After that we went to check out the scenery.
Tranmere Point is across the river from Taroona, and you can have a great view Hobart and Mount Wellington. Apparently just after sunset, the gentle city lights are majestic. We’ll have to go back and check it out, weather permitting.
From Tranmere Point we crossed Hobart to go up to Mount Wellington, which recorded more than 150mm of rainfall on Tuesday night.
We reached the 1270-metre summit of Mount Wellington via a winding narrow road from Fern Tree that would have been a lot more fun to drive if it wasn’t for the other cars on the road! At the top you are rewarded with a 360-degree panorama that takes in the city, the Derwent River, Tasman Peninsula and distant hazy peaks. It’s best if you have a jacket on hand, it can be very windy and chilly at the top.
We had a chat with the wind to tone it down a bit… We didn’t want flying bears!
Lunch was a delicious pink salmon at Fern Tree Tavern, after which we had an unexpected afternoon tea at Daci & Daci Bakery.
I was looking for MONA and ended up at the MONA Brooke St Ferry Terminal instead. Ha! After the afternoon tea and a walk around Salamanca Place, we did make it to MONA and it was definitely worth the effort to get there. We’ll tell you all about it in the next post.
Tomorrow we’re going to Huon Valley, south of Hobart, and fingers crossed that we’ll get some rain free periods. On Tuesday, the Huon Valley received almost 80 millimetres of rain, about two months’ rainfall in a day and they are forecasting more rain tomorrow with a flood watch, rivers in the Huon catchment are still rising. I’ll get the lucky bears to have a word with Mother Nature 🙂