Having travelled across the Tasman Bridge, through the Eastlands bus mall near the shopping centre, and onwards, the bus takes the main route along Clarence Street. Along the way a sign marking the Clarence High School, established in 1959, looms large on the right. The 8.23am bus typically will carry a swarm of students who will jump off at this point and then the bus may quieten for the remainder of the trip. But others will jump on after desperate running and laugh as they fall onto the bus with eyes sparkling from the exertion. Bus trips can be alive with life being expressed in all sorts of ways.
By 8.44am the bus pulled in at the Shoreline Shopping Centre mini bus mall. Once moving again, the bus run goes the other way to a stream of traffic heading towards the city centre. Moving down the hill, and near bus stop 19, the bus passes the Howrah Primary School located across the intersection diagonally from the Shoreline shopping centre, and a Shell fuel service station which is located on the opposite corner. Further down, the bus passes The Sunshine Tennis Club and the Howrah Recreation Centre including the Guide Hall. Near bus stop 20, a Caltex fuel service station and a suite of small shops is located on the right with the Howrah Beach beyond. It’s not long before, as a passenger, I am greeted by stupendous views of the Derwent Harbour, Hobart city on the western shore, and the all-powerful Mount Wellington peering over all. Soon after the bus turns left into Tranmere Road, I noticed Tranmere Hall on the right, and then a little later near bus stop 23, I saw a sign designating the Tranmere Coastal Reserve and a nearby public walk way down to the Derwent River.
After passing Anulka Park at bus stop 25, I continued on and left the bus at stop 31 at 8.53am.
Yet again I was fortunate that the day was magical. As I crossed the road to stand next to the serene Derwent River, I listened to the lyrical lapping of soft tiny waves across the rocks. Silver gulls were floating languidly. A lone Pied Oyster Catcher was watching and waiting. Fluffs of cumulus cloud like fairy floss hung suspended in front of the mountain. Cabbage butterflies flew through the long grass. Orange flowering nasturtiums climbed through bushes edging the shore.
I soaked in the grandeur of the environment and prepared to start the walk – this fourth stage of my walk along the Derwent River.