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we will be visiting hobart from 19 feb to 6 April with our 14mth daughter Linka and just wondered if there are any mum and toddler groups we could call into while we are there, or play areas or good baby-friendly coffee shops? My husband will be working so Linka and I will have lots of time to fill during the days. We will be coming from Ireland. Also, and most importantly - what's the shopping like in Hobart :yelclap:
thank! Looking forward to our big trip and to getting to know Tasmania!!
Shopping???? Hahahaha sorry but it is not that flash LOL
Hi therefeel free to PM me if you would like to come along to one of my mothers group get togethers while you are here!Lisa
:wave: yeah shopping in tassie is nothing great but there is some places worth going.
We have a meet once a month for the tassie mums and bubs you are most welcome to come along to those while you are here if you want it would be great to meet you!!!
Most of the local libraries have a sing dance kinda thing for babies and toddlers once a week they are very good apparently i havent been yet!!!
there are a few play centres or play gym kinda things for kids around i think there is one in the m ornington area called the fun factory but i dont know what its like havent been there before.
But there are plenty of us tassie mums floating around that would no doubt love to catch up and show you around at some stage. Well i know i would anyway.
Not much info i know but hope it helps!!!:smiliedance:
thanks for all the replies! Good to know there are other mums out there as it feels like we'll be a long way from home!!! I will check out the things you mentioned cody'smum and thanks for the invitations to meet up, you are all very kind :angel:
We will be visiting hobart as my husband is an artist and will be exhibiting work in the Ten Days on the Island festival so we are really looking forward to the adventure. We have never travelled this far with our daughter before and i have to admit I'm a bit nervous how she'll cope on the long flights etc, but i guess we'll manage :fingerscrossed:
by the way - I'm not into designer shopping at all (can't afford it for one thing!!) but love browsing around small interesting shops / markets if you know what i mean and just wondered what hobart was like for that?
Just one other quick question if i may? We are staying in a cottage in the university grounds as far as i know - is that far from the city or in the city? Will i be able to walk in? Also I don't know if there will be a cot there and due to luggage restrictions don't know if we can bring our own travel cot so if you could recommed a baby shop where we might buy a reasonable travel cot when we arrive i would be grateful!!!
Many thanks - looking forward to chatting some more before we set off on our journey :)
Wow you are sure coming a long way.
It sounds like you'd love the Salamanca Markets, this link gives you the run down:
The following website would be the best at answering any questions you have, there's even some info on the Ten Days on the Island festival :D
I'm assuming you mean the Sandy Bay Campus?
The University of Tasmania is not technically IN the city (Hobart) but it would only be a short 20-30min walk into the city.
Luckily there are regular buses to and from the city departing and arriving at various locations around the University grounds.
The only baby shop I know of in town is called Baby World and is right next door to Toy World in Argyle Street. They are sure to have a porta cot (travel cot).
There is also a baby shop in Kingston called Mother Goose :http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/home/product.cfm?productid=9000856&from=All%20Tasmanian%20Hire
On the website it says they hire out baby items such as porta cots and car seats.
By the way they have recently relocated their store to a few minutes down the road from their previous location.
The Target store in town (Hobart) and the Big W in Kingston also sell porta cots.
Hope that helps and let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.
You would love Salamanca then and Battery Point areas. :thumbsup:
If you like interesting little shops you will find lots at salamanca. the fun factory is great for kids esp if she is walking.There is a pool in the city that is great for toddlers to have a play around in and the Hobart Police & Citizens youth ckub offer kinder gym for little ones at a great low fee.You will have a lovely time here - great little city!
Good morning ladies :wave: ,
it is cold and foggy here today, minus 7 degrees last night, brrrrrrrrrr.......looking forward to soaking up lots of that tasmanian sunshine the week after next!
we are trying to get organised with the packing now, and as qickly as i gather a pile for the bag Linka dismantles it, so i am going round and round in circles, not to mention the fact that i am now trying to fit EVERYTHING including the kitchen sink into the suitcase! I am living in fear of the doors closing on the plane and me realising that i have forgtten to pack that VITAL item - you know how it is!
Many thanks to all of you for all the generous replies and recommendations, you know it somehow makes it so much more real for me to have made contact with you all......like we're not really going so far away afterall when there are other mums and baba's there just like us :p I would never have felt this nervous about a trip before Linka was born, but somehow its all different when she has to be factored into the equation, and i have become SUCH a worrier - in fact i worry about where my old happy, carefree self has disappeared to :laughing:
now, if you don't mind too much i have a couple more questions to pick your brains with.... we will be brigning our buggy with us (a bugaboo) will i have trouble getting this on and off the bus from the university where we will be staying? And is it walkable at all to get to the city centre?
Also, i was breastfeeding Linka up to 2 weeks ago, when she self-weaned (yay!) and now i give her Aptamil formula in her bottles morning and evenings - is this a brand that is available in hobart? I plan on bringing 2 cartons with me but can't really bring enough for the entire 7 weeks....If Aptamil is not available, which formula there would be recommended for breastfed babies? Also can we get Nurofen for babies there? As you can imagine the less heavy things we have to carry the better!!
I am dreading the 30-odd flying hours at this stage, not even so much from the perspective of how we will all cope but really practical things like the fact that hand luggage is SOOOOO restricted these days - how will i bring enough nappies, bottles, food, clothes, toys etc to keep us all sane??
If any of you have every travelled long haul with your precious bundles - i'd LOVE to hear how you got on!
as ever, i am grateful for your feedback! Oh, and i recently met two seperate friends who had been to Hobart and they RAVED about it, one said it was the most beautiful place she had ever been to.....so that has us even more excited :smiliedance:
talk soon, Valerie x
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