This morning we head into town to endorse our flight ticket
which we have changed to a few days earlier, however Quantas charge
an administration fee for this, and so we decide that we will
reroute the ticket at the same time, so we only have to pay one fee.
This we will work out over the weekend and then return next week
with the full and finalised details.
On departure from the city we stop first at the Tasmanian Devil
Park, where there is a free flight bird demonstration occurring as
we walk in, so we stay and watch. Then we tour the rest of the
wildlife park to see the Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, various birds
and a baby wombat called Horace. Back on the road we head South to
Port Arthur, the old convict colony, where repeat offenders from the
mainland were sent and the harshest of criminals were housed. The
site has been restored and preserved and the exhibition is very good
regarding the lives of various convicts, officers and lay people.
The ticket includes a free guided tour of some of the complex as
well as a boat tour around the coast to where the juvenile's were
kept. Sadly it was raining hard for most of our visit and so we
didn't see much on the boat trip.
We decide to stay at the Lufra Best Western Hotel at Eagle Hawk
Neck so that we can visit the sites nearby in the morning just above
Port Arthur. The hotel is lively with a rock 'n' roll evening
planned and party of ex-servicemen and women on a weekend away, so
we have dinner and enjoy the music. The waiter is really friendly
and we get chatting, as Chris is a musician he gives him a Bernard
Fanning CD which he has recently got as he really likes it and
recommends it highly.