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Shot Tower

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Address: Channel Highway, Taroona, Kingborough, Tasmania, Australia
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Devonshire tea

The cafe offers devonshire tea (2 scones and hot drink $11.50). These are the best scones I've ever tasted. Plenty of jam and cream. Lovely couple providing good old fashion... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The cafe offers devonshire tea (2 scones and hot drink $11.50). These are the best scones I've ever tasted. Plenty of jam and cream. Lovely couple providing good old fashion service. Food for the kids, milkshakes, variety of teas and coffee. Set in the basement of the shot tower it offers a cosy and unique experience. Worth a try!

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Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

The shot tower was constructed in the 19th century to provide ammunition for the colony. Resembling a chimney, molten lead was dropped to form cooled round pellets at the base. Exceptional construction. You can climb to the top of the tower for nice view, although $8 per adult is a bit steep. Tea rooms at the base.

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Thank jameslane2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We were driving south of Hobart along the coastal route, came around a corner and this gorgeous looking shot tower appeared. Had to stop and weren't disappointed. Beautiful historic building. Has a nice little souvenir shop at the bottom with some lovely helpful staff that gave us advise of best route to take on our journey. There is a small... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I realise the Shot Tower is an intriguing historic landmark and I have visited previously and climbed the stairs for the view, but on this trip to Tassie we were heading to the Huon and seeking a Devonshire tea and we stopped in the right place! The four of us are still talking about the amazing scones with homemade raspberry... More 

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Thank Jo C
Hobart, Australia
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Yes indeed, it is 48 metres tall and has over 200 steps to get to the top for a panoramic view of the Derwent River. Built in 1870 by Joseph Moir for the purpose of producing lead shot of various sizes by pouring molten lead through colanders which made the lead droplets, all of a similar mass, which we then... More 

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Thank BarryfromTassie
Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Shot tower not only gives you a history lesson from the past but it also gives you a wonderful view of the surrounding area of hobart from the top of the Show Tower. Highly recommend this attraction to everyone.

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Thank taylerlouise98
Copacabana, Australia
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We didn't know what a Shot Tower was before visiting. I was intrigued by the name and like the photos I saw of the building. I don't think its well known. We were the only ones climbing up the stairs when we visited. The views from the top are worth the walk up. Take your time and reward yourself with... More 

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Thank Melinda W
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Sure, you can't beat the outstanding views out to the Derwent and Storm Bay, but for me the most intriguing thing about the Shot Tower, is its history and construction. It's a credit to the current and previous owners that the 48 metre stone tower retains much of its original history. An amazing feat of determination by one visionary Scottish... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We arrived here to a warm welcome from the couple who run it who are happy to chat to you about the history of the Shot Tower. We felt we had known them for years by the time we left. The views are wonderful and worth the stairs to the top. Unfortunately, we didn't partake in the famous Devonshire Scones,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Take a jacket its very windy and cold at the top. After climbing the 260 steps the view is so worth the trip. Interesting history of shot making. Disappointed the cafe wasn't open as the scones have a very good reputation for being the best in Tassie. Cost to get in was about $20.

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