Queens Domain Circuit

14 Jun

Before I get into my final camping related post — the travel workout, I wanted to share the third and last hike from Arlene’s trip to Australia.  It’s always interesting to me that across the world the seasons change opposite mine.  You’ll see below.        

Hike (aka bushwalk): Queens Domain, Australia
By Arlene       

*****        

We chose to walk on our last day in Hobart; it turned out to be a 7 mile hike through various landscapes giving us a more comprehensive view of this lovely city. We started by ambling through Salmanca Square (old warehouses turned into retail shops) before turning to the docks on Sullivan Cove. From there we passed under the Tasman Highway and on to Soldiers Memorial Avenue, a long path which commemorated Tasmanian soldiers of WWI through plaques and the planting of cypresses and cedars along the path.              

Soldiers Memorial Avenue

From this part of the city known as Queens Domain, we headed up to the Upper Domain which is an elevated section of native grasslands. A lovely path called Joggers Loop runs around the perimeter of the Upper Domain and gave us great views of the land (and water) around Hobart.            

  

View from the Joggers Loop on the Upper Domain

Our next stop was the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden which was an oasis of manicured lawns, distinctive gardens, and the provider of a great lunch at the café; our lunch spot was on a terrace looking out to mountains and water.            

  

View at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

 It is late autumn in the southern hemisphere, so we were treated to red, yellow, and orange leaves of fall as well as watching the children of Hobart at play in those leaves. We may be in a foreign land with unfamiliar plants and animals, but the joy of children on a clear fall day must be universal (and yes, they did run and jump in).            

  

Piling leaves before the big jump into them

Advertisements

5 Responses to “Queens Domain Circuit”

  1. eatingRD June 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    wow, gorgeous photos! It is kind of neat to see how the seasons change around the world. I would love to visit Australia.

  2. Erica June 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    Fall is SO beautiful! I just wish it didn’t mean winter was coming. Gorgeous

  3. Kelsey June 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    oh wow!! SO STUNNING!

  4. Nicole June 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I love the photos! I love the seasons and for that reason, hope to always live in the Midwest. I look forward to each and every one of them 🙂

  5. Tina June 16, 2010 at 4:13 am #

    I would LOVE to go to Australia! And it is so true that children’s joy over such simple things is inspiring.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: