Blogs from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Oceania - page 14


Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 27th 2010

CATCH. That was the first thing that happened. I was caught, hook line and sinker. Perhaps it was because I went to Tazzie with no real expections, other than to escape the tropical QLD summer heat and humidity, that I was caught so off guard. I was indunated by the raw natural history of the island. I was overwhelmed by something as simple as trees. Not just the variety of species but the size of some of these amazing sentinents. So much green and more green and then every other color of green thrown in as well. Using the Lonely Planet Tasmania 2008 book as a base guide the first thing I wanted to experience was the Hobart Salamanca Market held wharf side every Saturday. High level artists and craftspeople converge with really diverse 2nd hand ... read more
Salamanca Sights
Brekkie @ Salamanca Square
It really was this good!

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 17th 2010

Our arrival in Tasmania's capital city, Hobart, was a subdued affair... it was late afternoon, the sky was grey and we'd had a bit of trouble finding a parking space close to the hostel to leave our car. But we had a wander round the town centre and waterfront before finding some food. It's a small city, just 200,000 inhabitants, with some lovely old buildings and an attractive setting. But I wasn't really on Tassie to see cities, so I booked onto a trip out to Bruny Island, about an hour south of Hobart, for the following day. Nick decided to stay in Hobart for the day, so I set off in the car to have breakfast overlooking the marina at Kettering, the launching point for the Bruny Island ferry. Bruny Island is actually two islands ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 13th 2010

Greetings Eastman fans from Eastman’s down under. Today Sat 13th March, day 2 and the first full day of Hobart capital city of Van Demians land now called Tasmania and further called “Tazzy”. A lovely stroll in shorts round the Saturday market. A bit hippyish with a multitude of goodies for sale. Prices very similar to UK prices and a bottle of Bombay sapphire a whopping $50 for a 70cl bottle. Lots of different cultures evident, Chinese food, lovely pastries but we settled for a healthy bratwurst with onions for breakfast. Eventually found the main town which had eluded us last night. Wendy was delighted to buy a vivid green top for $50 and to my delight it was %75 off today. A real bargain that perked her up. Having spent a lot of time together ... read more


Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 11th 2010

We left our hotel in Kuala Lumpur by noon Tuesday and didn’t fly out of KL until 1:20 AM for a 7-hour flight to Melbourne, a 2-hour layover and a 1 ½ hour flight to Hobart. We arrived about 5:00 PM Wednesday. Tasmania has some pretty strict import rules about bringing plants, seeds, etc. in from other parts of the country so we were subjected to a special form of screening as we entered the terminal. A cute little black and white beagle was waiting for us and we were told to carry our flight bags on our left side. As we passed by, she sniffed each bag and let us enter her airport.. I later found out that the “other” beagle, slightly larger in stature, crawls over the checked baggage and gives them the once-over. ... read more
Hobart Harbour
Welcome Stranger (hotel)
Female Factory

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 26th 2010

Camping and Servas Travelling We've made it to Hobart, capital of Tasmania in one piece with most of what came with us. It's a lovely country with a much smaller sense of scale to it than the mainland. It reminds us much more of Europe or England than the rest of the Australia we have seen. We have stayed with a few Servas hosts who have welcomed us with open arms even though they have been busy with other things. Michael was taken out on Monday evening to join an outing with the Hash Harriers involving a special boat trip across the river Derwent, a bus trip to a nearby settlement (hardly a town or a village with just one shop) and then a six kilometre run or walk; we walked. It was great fun ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 20th 2010

Slowly touring the Tasmanian island We have pitched up at the only naturist facility on the island which consists of Michael and Yvonne's garden with the use of their pool and a lovely view over the water to Kingston near Hobart. And we switched the computer on to watch The Wire and tried the wifi on the off chance only to find they had it even though Michael did not know what we were talking about. His daughter did so we are connected. We've coped with some warm weather for a while up to 28C but mostly it is like an English summer here. The terrain is smaller scale than the mainland with lots of sea views. The east coast was very empty compared to this part near Hobart and we found some lovely spots ... read more
Our stop at Scotsdale
One of our stops

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 20th 2010

Day 300 - Hobart A couple of birthday shout outs this morning, firstly to my fabo cousin Bert out here in Aus. Happy birthday little cous, hope you had a great day with Kim. The second shout is to Harry (Brown) of Thatadoo Racing back home in Thatcham. Hope you're back on the track soon buddy and we'll see you when we get back. Happy Birthday both! Got to admit we were a bit weary this morning after our big day trip to Port Arthur. I must have been half asleep when Darryl left the caravan to visit the water tanks for a shower - he told me not the lock the door when I went out as he didn’t have his keys. I didn’t hear him so was a bit surprised to see him standing ... read more
Still early but the markets were starting to get busy
From handcrafted wooden castles to
Tasmania gifts aplenty

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 19th 2010

Day 299 - Day trip to Port Arthur from Hobart Well we can’t be accused of sitting around doing nothing can we! It was another early start this morning so after a quick shower in the water tank amenities we were off towards Port Arthur. The drive is just over an hour and the journey is easy in the early morning with little traffic on the roads. Port Arthur is a place steeped in history, a convict prison from the 1800’s which has always created curiosity for tourists even in the early days. Sadly it was also the scene of a violent massacre in 1996 where a number of people were killed by a lone gunman. On our travels around Australia we’ve heard of ‘conspiracy theories’ about the later event and how the place is so ... read more
Just a fraction of the Port Arthur site
Separate Prison cell
Separate Prison

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