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Historic Secrets of Battery Point Tour

2 Hours
Global Essentials
Moderate
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $29 Per Person

Historic Secrets of Battery Point Tour

2 Hours
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      Historic Secrets of Battery Point Tour

      Hobart, Australia
      From (USD) $29 Per Person
      Highlights
      • Historical walking tour: Discover the scandalous stories of the politicians, vicars, and shipping tycoons who concealed their secrets behind the facade of this elegant community.
      • Beautifully restored dwellings: Marvel at the stunning craftsmanship and appearance of these grand Georgian-style colonial estates and the lovingly preserved cottages at Arthur Circus, once home to the officers of the garrison.
      • Tasmania's neighborhood jewel: Delight in the upper-class ambience of one of Hobart's most desirable areas, from its humble farming past to its exclusive and wealth-laden present.
      About this Hobart Tour

      When Tasmania became a penal colony, few thought that the upper class would find their own haven on this beautiful island. Free settlers, seeking opportunities they couldn't have back home on the British Isles, established farms on Cottage Green, which eventually became Battery Point, so named because the military built the Mulgrave Battery to defend "Hobart Town" from both prisoners and invaders.

      But because the city possessed a natural deep-water port and a strategic location, the British Royal Navy established it as their operations base in the southern Pacific Ocean. Shipping soon became an important and extremely profitable means for businessmen who became rich with the exports of flax, rum, and timber. Battery Point was the most desirable address for the wealthiest, and it remains so even today.

      Of course, since this is Tasmania, there was plenty of intriguing characters who lived in this exclusive area. You'll hear about their achievements and exploits, including Governor George Arthur, the Reverend Knopwood (who was known to be quite a party animal), and shipping magnate Alexander MacGregor, who owned the largest and most ornate home in the neighborhood that still stands.

      On this relaxing walking tour of Battery Point, you'll start at Parliament House and follow your trusty and engaging guide through the beauty and elegance of this historic Hobart neighborhood. Current owners of these impressive sandstone homes have reinstated these structures to their colonial glory with a few modern touches. When you end at Salamanca Square, you'll think you've spent two hours stepping back in time to when this neighborhood first became the pride of the territory. 

      The good-time clergyman

      English-born Reverend Robert Knopwood was Tasmania's first cleric. When he arrived in the early 19thcentury, the government granted him large parcels of land in present-day Battery Point and Salamanca. He later became a magistrate for the territory. Known for his kindness, "Bobby" also loved to entertain, perhaps a bit too much. The rowdy reverend was known for his excessive drinking and womanizing, as well as his parties. Perhaps he prescribed to the adage, "sin on Saturday, repent on Sunday."

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      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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