Blogs from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 6th 2023

Our last morning allows a sleep-in before we check out right on 10. There's an arbitrage crying out to me in the reception vending machine. The disrupted tooth paste and tooth brushes had spilled out of their rack and were resting on the Mama instant noodles. $4 and I reckon I’m gaining bulk value. Boom! The Mama noodles fall into the access draw followed by two toothpastes and one toothbrush. Creamy Shrimp isn’t my first choice noodle flavour, but it’s definitely top 10. Jules had spotted a café and patisserie up Elizabeth St and we have late breakfast at Imago. A Japanese inspired café with delicious breakfast and drinks stylishly presented. Yum! We buy some vinyl at Tommy Guns and Deaks chats skate shops with the dude at Jimmy’s skate shop. He even learns a unique ... read more
230106 Jimmys Skate
230106 Hobart Alley
230106 Allurity View

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 5th 2023

The Chicken (Tori) Karaage is spicy in Hobart. I ate it, but it got the better off me at 4am. Not the best night sleep for all as my pre-dawn poop disrupted our shared room. The Bury Me Standing breakfast bagels were great though and the sanctioned sleep-in was appreciated by all. We collect our e-bikes just after 10 and pedal the scenic Hobart Rivulet up to Cascade Brewery. A really pleasant ride along a shaded rivulet (brook) through South Hobart. The brewery is opening for business/tours when we arrive, but with everyone feeling good, we opt to extend our ride south up to Strickland Falls. The enthusiastic mechanic at Hobart Bike Hire recommended it and he wasn’t wrong. The small waterfall is about 300 metres above sea level in the foothills of Mt Wellington. The ... read more
230105 Strickland Falls
230105 Retro Cafe
230105 MONA

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart » Rosny May 9th 2020

So, during this "shelter in place" or quarantine period, many friends have asked me this question. My short answer is: I would go anywhere it is safe, and happy. Narrowing it down, I would say New Zealand, Thailand, and Cape Town. Why? If things were safe everywhere, where would I go? How about the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, Tasmania, and Yerevan, Armenia. But reality speaks loud and clear! New Zealand is clean, not heavily populated, and loves the outdoors. It feels safe there, yet far enough off the beaten path to avoid pandemic issues. Thailand, simply has the number one rated hospital in the world. Add to that, great food, nice people, world class shopping, and a very interesting cultural explosion. Cape Town, home to Barry the V, means I would be treated like a ... read more
Yerevan, the capital city

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 25th 2020

It is only 1and half hour flight from Sydney to Hobart via JetStar an economy airline therefore restrictions on baggage etc. We left unwanted stuff in Helen's car at a secure car park. We stayed in a two bedroomed apartment in The Old Woolstore Hotel, which is close to the centre and harbour and is well appointed. It is a short stroll down to the Harbour, where we had a pleasant light lunch at Pearl & Co. A special Mona Rova ferry takes you on a short ride to MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. The ferry ride includes tickets for the Gallery, which is very new and very weird. We were given devices which you point at the art work when you are close and it says what it is. There were one ... read more
Helen feeling sheepish!
A cow on the ferry!
Stefan relaxes in the Grotto exhibit

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart September 2nd 2018

An enormous breakfast from Kevin our host, washed down with 3 or 4 cups of tea and coffee, we enjoyed a lively chat with our fellow house guests. Before strolling back to the docks again to get our first tour underway. It was a hop on/hop off trip around Hobart. Highlights would have to be the incredible architecture of the houses and buildings from the early convict period of 1830 to 1860. Houses that you probably couldn't give away 30 yrs ago and now worth big money. Hobart is a very clean town. No litter or graffiti and no homeless people on street corners. Our tour guide kept up a lively conversation throughout. We got off and toured the Female Factory, Botanical Gardens and the Museum & Art Gallery. After the tour we stopped off for ... read more
Botanical Gardens
Daci and Daci Bakery
Hop on hop off

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart September 1st 2018

Up at stupid o'clock and finished packing. We got flight down to Melbourne and had 30 minutes to get to next flight to Hobart. Things went by clockwork. Caught the Skybus to the city centre. Hobart is built around the bay and it's quite hilly so the views would be fantastic. From Constitution Dock we booked the Reddecker tour for tomorrow. We decided to walk the 15 or 20 minutes to the bed and breakfast. On the way we passed some very interesting bars and restaurants. One of which, Institut Polaire we planned to hit later. Our accommodation at Lowena is a 5 bedroom older house. Kevin our host is a Chinaman from Shanghai made us feel welcome and gave us the rundown on where to eat etc. Local wines and cheese platters at Institut Polaire ... read more
Institut Polaire

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart June 26th 2018

Festivals are my thing. The Dark Mofo festival, surrounding the two weeks of Winter Solstice, is an intense celebration of art and humanity. A mix of performance art, electronic thumps, sculpture, theater, in the streets, on the streets, under the streets. Read about the festival, including the man who was buried under the main road for three days, in this great BBC article: Dark Mofo The provocative festival changing Tasmania's reputation. The Center of the Festival is the Winter Feast Hall, where the food and drink vendors were trying to out craft each other. Each booth something so unique, fresh, local, and reasonably priced served under sparkling neon lights in a giant dock house draped in red velvet. In the distance, a four-piece band plays jazz from an elevated cutout in the velvet. Craft beers, local ... read more
Cheers! All reusable cups too.
Matthew Screiber
Loved this guys tunes

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart April 13th 2018

I sit here in the complete warmth in our tiny cabin, locked away in the complete wilderness of Tasmania. It’s wet, cold and dark outside, but for a couple that don’t really like being away from civilisation, we find the Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat to be very nice. Waking up this morning to a bright and sunny Hobart was a bit disappointing. Our only full day yesterday had been wet and miserable, so of course the day we were due to leave there was hardly a cloud in the sky. It was a slow start, as we weren’t entirely sure what we were going to do today. We knew the drive to Cradle Mountain was the longest of the trip, yet at the same time, there was still some more of Hobart to see. Debating over breakfast ... read more
View from MONA
Tattoo Tim
Egyptian inscriptions

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart April 11th 2018

According to the weather report this morning, parts of Australia were expecting uncharacteristic heatwaves for April. Well, I can assure you that is definitely not being felt down here in Hobart, where the people are layered up to keep out the bitter chill in the air. Today is definitely the coolest day we've had, and the first day I've needed my coat outside. So far, our experience of Hobart is that it's a lovely city, bustling with locals and tourists, though not to the degree of Sydney or Melbourne. It's fairly easy to navigate, even for total newbies. And there is a beautiful harbour just over the road where boats come and go (or sit). It's really a wonderful place to be. We started our morning around 7 this morning, being in no rush to get ... read more
Original garden
Inside the stone church

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 30th 2018

Blog 18 Hobart, Tasmania – March 30,2018 - Weather forecast: mostly sunny, daytime temperature of 18°C; wind speed 16kts (5 Beaufort) Today we rose early and had our breakfast delivered to us as we set off for a visit to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and the nearby historic village of Richmond. The sanctuary takes in wild animals that have been injured due to adverse encounters with motor vehicles as well as attacks from domestic dogs. The staff attempt to rehabilitate the animals so that they can return to the wild, but those that are seriously injured and need extensive medical treatment become permanent residents of the sanctuary. The sanctuary has a fairly large group of kangaroos, known as a “mob,” which you could walk among and hand feed. Kangaroo food pellets were supplied free of charge ... read more

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