|Walking towards my motel room at Wrest Point Casino|
|I couldn't help thinking I was in the Overlook Hotel from The Shining|
Although my eldest son is a big Simon Pegg fan, which is why I dropped into the World's End Brew Pub later when walking back to my motel after my bus trip.
I had just spent the afternoon frolicking in something I had never seen before in my life...real life that is...snow.
|I know what it feels like now Jack|
|Mt.Wellington/Kunyani in the distance from the casino|
|Mt.Wellington/Kunyani in the distance|
|The Cascade brewery, which I would return to on this bus on Sunday|
|There's that creepy UFO fountain again|
But if you paid for a $65 dollar ticket you could also ride the shuttle bus from the city to Mt.Wellington/Kunyani, plus it was a 48 hour ticket, so I could use it to go to the brewery from the casino tomorrow and not worry about driving.
|A replica of Mawson's Hut|
I caught the double-decker bus to the city visitor centre, where I had to hop off to catch the shuttle bus up to the top of the mountain, and since it wasn't leaving for half an hour I had a walk around and got some fish and chips for lunch.
There was a replica of Mawson's Hut showing pictures of the real hut covered in snow in Antarctica and I wondered if I would ever see any real snow in my own life time...little did I know that in about an hour I would.
|A floating fish and chip shop in Hobart where I bought lunch|
I thought just my luck to be a week too late, but as we approached the top, patches of snow could be seen outside the bus window and it sent my heart racing to think that this was the day I would finally see snow in a place I least expected to find it.
|The first sight of real snow from my bus window|
|The top of Mt.Wellington/Kunyani|
|Someone had even made a little snowman...which was the first real snowman I had seen|
|My first snowball|
|Kunyani the snowman? I might call it Jack;-)|
|Looking back to my motel, Wrest Point Casino, from the mountaintop|
|I started to get cold feet about being up this high for some reason :-)|
|Ah, back to the warmth of the shuttle bus|
|Saint Raphael’s Church on the mountain from the bus window|
And it is a wooden church, as well.
But the church's website says it only survived two bush-fires.
Also chillingly enough the last bush-fire the church survived in 1967, 62 people would lose their lives in.
1967 Tasmanian fires
"The 1967 Tasmanian fires were an Australian natural disaster which occurred on 7 February 1967, an event which came to be known as the Black Tuesday bushfires. They were the most deadly bushfires that Tasmania has ever experienced, leaving 62 people dead, 900 injured and over seven thousand homeless."
The bus driver made the comment that people must have short memories, because people have rebuilt in the same areas again, with the bush all around their homes.
Let's hope there is no repeat of that awful day.
Walking back to my motel room I came across a coffee shop with my name literally on it, so I stopped in for a long black.
After the coffee I walked down the road further and ducked into the World's End Brew Pub for a dark ale and to snap some photos to show my oldest son, who loves the movie 'The World's End'.
This pub was a real cool little pub, with the walls plastered in comic books.
|Inside the World's End Brew Pub|
|There were even board games to play with, if you had friends to play with that is. :-(|
|Even the tabletops are plastered in comics|
Then I thought I would get a picture of the word BREW from the inside window looking out, which made it look like WERB, which kind of reminded me of the word "MURDER" being spelled backwards in the Kubrick movie version of 'The Shining'.
|Maybe I should have been drinking RED RUM?-)|
A local politician named Matthew Groom had his office on 237 Sandy Bay Road?!
|Groom 237?! You're s#!ting me, right?|
|Tasmania, The World's End?|
You just couldn't make this stuff up if you tried.
|It's so cold down here they wrap the burgers in foil. Never seen that before|
|The show I saw on that Saturday night at the casino|
The APIA Tour: Rules Are Made to Be Broken...or, What Would Jesus Do?-)