Five cheap things to do in Hobart

Salamanca markets, Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Salamanca markets, Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Continuing in our series of “cheap things to do” in Australian cities (see Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane entries), here’s five things to do in Hobart, Tasmania.

Wander the Salamanca Markets
The incredible Salamanca Markets held on Saturdays are located in a street filled with sandstone warehouses by the picturesque harbour. It costs nothing to enter and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as you browse past rows of stalls, enjoying the buskers and open air. Of course if you feel the need to fill up on jams, cheeses, chocolates, mead or other delights they aren’t that expensive. There are excellent food options too for snacks and meals. We have tours of the markets too (click here).

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Five cheap things to do in Perth

Cottesloe_beachContinuing our series on “five cheap things to do” in Australian cities, here’s a list of things to consider when you next visit Perth.

1. Hang out at Cottlesloe Beach
Sydney might have Bondi but Perth has Cottlesloe. You be the one to decide which one is more striking. Cottesloe is perfect for swimmers, surfers, families, picnickers, walkers, runners… everyone will enjoy it!

2. Wander the Fremantle markets
With 150 stalls, great coffee, fresh produce and fun, the Freo markets are the best place to be come Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Do your weekly shopping, enjoy the array of performers or simply breakfast, lunch or diner on wonderful local food.

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Ambling through England’s Lake District

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's home, http://www.visitedplanet.com

If there’s a region of England that’s absolutely quintessential in form and experience, it’s Cumbria’s Lake District. And it’s where I headed next after the delights of Scotland in the previous posts.

If you’re not familiar with the Lake District here’s a few clues. This is where Beatrix Potter lived and wrote stories about Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail – you can even visit the house(s) she lived and where her husband had his offices in Hawkshead. Perhaps you had her books read to you as a child, as I did, which will make a visit here a must or perhaps you’ve seen the  film Miss Potter with Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellwegger that will have filled you in on her life. It’s thanks to Beatrix Potter that a lot of the land in this region was saved from being subdivided as she bought up old farms and properties.  She then donated them to the National Trust on her death. Today it’s the largest of  13 national parks in England and Wales.
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