Bridgewater on the Derwent river marks the northern extremity of Hobart; you can see several species of swans and ducks feeding in the shallow reeds by the causeway.
As I have a spare couple of hours, I’m taking the back road north, through Bothwell and the highland lakes of Central Tasmania. Liawenee is generally regarded as the coldest spot in Tasmania (if not the country); but the “town” itself is not much to look at: a police station and a Fisheries Department outpost on a bare stony shore.
That’s a bit warmer. The Spirit of Tasmania docks on the eastern shore of the Mersey River, which runs into Bass Strait at Devonport. I’ve got a couple of hours before I need to check in, so I’ll show you around Devonport…
If you ever find yourself in Devonport, do yourself a favour and eat here: the Dannebrog Cafe, bar and grill. My mate Jan Nielsen will give you a really warm welcome. Magnificent Australian and Danish fare. Probably the best cafe in Tasmania.
Tasmania actually has a strong cultural link with Denmark. Princess Mary, consort of Crown Prince Frederik, is Tasmanian born and bred; Frederik and Mary visit here regularly.