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Shot Tower

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Channel Highway, Taroona, Kingborough, Tasmania, Australia
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All reviews scones devonshire tea great view gift shop tea room no idea wooden steps walk up hidden gem home made small museum well worth the visit short drive entry fee worth the effort history views
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a short drive from central Hobart is this fun and informative attraction. It's inexpensive but really interesting. There were quite a few teenagers there when I went who all seemed to be enjoying the experience too. The climb isn't too bad although you may...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anniep686
Reviewed December 1, 2018

When we arrived, we saw two edifices. One that looked like a castle, but not for tourists. We paid our fees and went up the wooden steps, all the way to the very top. Once at the very top, we had beautiful views of this...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

We paid our fee and proceeded into the small museum then started the climb to the top off the tower. What a climb but so worth it. The day we went it was overcast with showers but the views were still great. Only downfall was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Amanda R
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Hidden gem with a nice little tea house. If you've ever wondered how those musket balls were made, this is the place to find out. Climb the steps for a great view and finish it off with a nice cup of tea and a bikky

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ianhillard
Reviewed July 21, 2018

Stunning building on the side of the Chanel Highway in very leafy Taroona. We didn't climb the tower on this occasion and the entry fee was prohibitive for us and we couldn't justify the cost. Same with the very luscious looking Devonshire Tea at $14,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank starmagnolia
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

A hidden gem this one. Fascinating story about shot and how it is made (I had no idea). The tower steps seem thin and flimsy but are obviously safe enough. The views from the top are stunning. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank barryjuliej
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Didn't climb tower but paid to view museum where we were shown a short video on tower. Thought cost was a bit steep to watch a short video and read history of tower, was not much else in museum to see. Price to climb might...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mads275
Reviewed April 10, 2018

Nice drive to the location and well worth the visit. Takes some effort to walk to the top, with some 300 stairs to climb. Great views followed by a nice English tea in the tea room. very nice morning and would recommend this place to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Mardyboy
Reviewed March 22, 2018

Right by the highway if you're heading off to the Huon Valley, the shot tower is worth a quick stop. Interesting story & you can climb it if you like, I imagine the view is awesome, but I didn't! The cafe downstairs prides itself on...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Rolland_Buttar
Reviewed March 19, 2018

We had a nice drive around the bay to the Shot Tower. If you want to walk up to the top of the tower, then the view is wonderful. There is a small fee for entry. We had a lovely lunch out on the deck...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank D_Walton2013
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krystle m
October 17, 2015|
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Response from theshottowerofficial | Property representative |
259 steps if you climb up from the museum tower door entry or if you walk down to the very bottom and climb the spiral staircase to the top you'll have climbed 318 steps.
Tina I
August 2, 2015|
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Response from theshottowerofficial | Property representative |
For the Tower climb, museum and history dvd: Adult $8 Child $4 Family (2 adults/2 children) Concessions $7 Museum/dvd only $4
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6 Days 5 Nights. What do you think? (6 Replies)
Here's our planned itinerary in November from a Wednesday till Monday: Day 1: Pick up car at airport at 12.30pm, head straight to Port Arthur, check in to the motor inn and explore the historic site Day 2: Tasman Island morning cruise at 9.15am and leisurely drive back to Hobart (via stops provided in another forum post) Day 3: Wineglass Bay day tour. Is there one you recommend? Day 4: Salamanca Market, Mt Wellington and Shot Tower Day 5: MONA Day 6: Battery Point/Sandy Bay...More
June 20, 2016|
Response fromsimone_a13|
Totally agree with Luigi to take advantage of the hire car to see Freycinet after the Tasman Peninsula - crazy to go back to Hobart, return the car and then take a tour. Stay overnight at Bicheno or Swansea and drive back to Hobart in the morning for the market.
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Suggest / Fine-tune 10-day Tasmania itenary with 2 kids (3 Replies)
Hi all, We are a family of 4 (kids are 6.5 years and 3 years). Planning a road trip to Tasmania in mid-February 2014. We will be flying from Sydney to Launceston, rent a car at Launceston and drive to Hobart via western Tasmania. We have drawn up an itenary as per below. Kids are used to travelling in car for 3-4 hours. Please suggest number of days required at each location. Arrive Launceston, hire car, Visit following places in vicinity: - Cable glide - Beaconsfield mines -...More
November 30, 2013|
Response fromB S|
Thanks Luigi A. I have more questions ... Day 1: Arrive Launceston from Sydney, pickup car, check-in hotel etc. Visit Beaconsfield Mine Museum & Seahorse world (depending on daylight hours) Day 2: Cable hang gliding* and look around Cataract Gorge Day 3: Depart Launceston for Strahan Day 3: Arrive Strahan Visit attractions en-route (including Enchanted Walk) Day 4: Gordon River Cruise & "The ship that never was" Day 5: Depart Strahan for Queenstown Day 6: Arrive...More
Wendy M
How Does This Look ?? (5 Replies)
Have Been planning for ages, getting great tips from TA. So thankyou very much. Below is my plan for our trip in less than 2 weeks. I have heaps of saved info so this is a condensed outline. (sort of - just previewed - sorry about length) Any thoughts on what does ? doesn't work would be really appreciated. Day 1 – Fly into Hobart from Adelaide.(10AM) Pick up hire car. Drive Towards Huon Valley. Home Hill Winery for lunch. Head south through Franklin, Geeveston & further if...More
February 28, 2012|
Response fromLuigi A|
Day 1 will be busy as you have a late start. You may not fit it all in. Day 5 will also be a long day as you know. You should have time to see Russel Falls if you get an early start, then rejoin the Lyell Highway via the Ellendale Road. You could go out to Ocean Beach for sunset at Strahan Otherwise, somewhere around Risby Cove would have the township in the foreground across the water with the sunset behind the town. Other than that, it looks like a good leisurely plan. Enjoy...More