The Shot Tower
Channel Highway, Hobart, Australia
The Shot Tower Hobart Reviews
History Jul 17, 2009
We had a full and fun day and took a different road back to Hobart. We had been told about the Shot Tower but still getting our bearings, we weren't sure where it was. Amazingly we weren't lookin for it but we came around a bend and there it was. Of course we had to stop and have a look. We weren't that tired. In its earlier days, it was used for the manufacture of lead shot. Molten lead was dropped from a great height, the sphere cooling sufficiently not to flatten when hitting the water at the bottom. An internal spiral staircase enables visitors to climb to the top and enjoy the breath taking views. If you are able to tell the person in the souvenier shop, how many steps you think their are, you will get a sticker. However, beware of the steps, not the sturdiest and hard to see when you are coming back down.
The Tower was built of freestone by Joseph Moir in 1870, every stone was shaped to fit both inside and outside walls.
There is also now a cafe downstairs. It is normally open every day but wasn't open the day we went.
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