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  Most reviews talked of an annex and outdated.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.


First photo taken to our left.




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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.