Today I have another installment of our short break in Tasmania.  The holiday was a bit of a spur of the moment trip and was only because there were cheap airfares ($59 one way) so I booked the flights.  Then when I got around to booking the accommodation – no cheapies there.  I quite often book through Wotif but haven’t been brave enough before to book one of the mystery deals.  Well this time I did because it was almost half the price of others.  I read through the deal trying to work out where it was – I wanted to be near Salamanca, on the harbour.  It said water views so I thought it couldn’t be too bad.  It turned out to be Wrest Point Casino, so very good deal for there, but it is over ½ hour walk to town, so not where we would have liked to have been.  Next I read about it on Tripadvisor – not so good.  Most reviews talked of an annex and outdated.  But still it was cheap and you only sleep there – out sight-seeing most of the time.  When we arrived the young woman on the reservations desk was very friendly and I spoke to her just inquiring about our accommodation and renovations.  When she handed the keys over she said she had upgraded us to a tower room on level 4.  WOW I was thrilled – here is the view which greeted us when we threw open the curtains.

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First photo taken to our left.

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Centre.

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To the right.   A 180º view of the Derwent River.

Across the beautiful river we could just see the light towers at Bellerive Oval which is where we were headed the next day.

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Before we headed off to the cricket we had some time to fill in so we went to see how “Freddo’s” are made at the Cadbury Factory.

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My heart was broken here 😆 when they explained how chocolate is made and that “white chocolate” isn’t really chocolate at all.

Then to the cricket.  An International One Day game – Australia vs Sri Lanka.

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We were in the seats in front of the hill so we were entertained by the crowd as well as the cricket.

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There were prizes for the “best”?? dress-up’s.

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The kids had a great time chasing the players around the boundary wanting autographs on their little bats.

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The crowd was small, which was a shame for the organizers but great for those of us there.

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Can you pick out some of the Australian team?  This was at “drinks” break.  The crowd was very “pro” Bailey, Doherty and Hussey – all Tassie players apparently.

A great day had by all.

lorraine

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