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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
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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
Dinner
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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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 11th 2018

A walk around the Botanical Gardens and then a trip up Mount Wellington for views over the city.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 10th 2018

A wander about the city and onboard city tour bus.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 9th 2018

A wander into the city from our accommodation and then out to MONA (art collection) via the MONA ferry.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 8th 2018

A morning of packing and an afternoon of playing in the amusement park at Glenelg beach!! Followed by a taxi to Adelaide airport. Flight from Adelaide to Hobart, of course it was slightly delayed. Arrived reasonably late at night 2250. So another taxi to our AirBNB accommodation at Burnside Avenue.... read more




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