Blogs from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Oceania - page 13


Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 10th 2011

Hi all Us again! We visited the most amazing museum yesterday in Hobart. It is called MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and only been open about six weeks. It has been designed and the contents inside to confront people. It is brilliant - we didn't feel really confronted but fascinated by the way it has been developed. We will have to go back again so we can take more in. Sorry but not allowed to publish photos on the net but some others for you all to see. Finally had my fish and chips last night after all this time!!! Back to Salamanca Market tomorrow morning for another wander. Be in touch soon. Love Barry & Nicky... read more
One man band
The Fund Raising Concert
A load of boules

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 9th 2011

Hi all At last our next blog. From Friday 4th March to Wednesday 9th March 2011 Friday was a lazy day and we did some local sightseeing and a bit of shopping as Barry had to get some trousers as he hadn't packed enough long ones for our stay in Australia. Saturday and we went into Hobart and the area of Salamanca where they have the most incredible market on a Saturday. The weather was very warm and sunny but not as hot as Perth! A whole street is taken over with hundreds of stalls selling everything imaginable. It was great sauntering around seeing so much available. Big temptation to buy lots of wooden items but can't transport it so resisted the temptation. In the evening we went to Merren & Richard's house for a barbecue ... read more
Cousins together
For private discussions

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart March 3rd 2011

Hi all After leaving Perth on Monday morning we flew to Adelaide where we stayed for two days. It was a great pity but because of flooding on the line we couldn't take the Indian Pacific Train as originally planned. We had to get up early on Monday to catch the early morning flight but it was quite straightforward leaving. Janet & Celia took us to the airport and it was strange waving goodbye knowng we will see them again in about four weeks time. Arriving in Adelaide spot on time we took a shuttle bus that took us directly to our hotel right in the centre of Adelaide. We took an interesting walk from the hotel which is in Victoria Square and wandered up to the main shopping area where we browsed and found a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 26th 2011

Hello family and friends! I hope all is well with each of you wherever you are, doing whatever it is you are doing. I am sure most of you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. I, on the other hand, am fearfully dreading the arrival of fall. A few days ago I felt as if the winds changed and the air got colder from one minute to the next, which was a phenomenon that marked the arrival of fall at the end of each summer field season I spent at Galore Creek in the north. Bad news bears indeed! But this last weekend was absolutely beautiful, so Nina and I joined a group of our friends on a camping trip. We left Hobart Friday afternoon with Selina and Dan and drove north through the guts ... read more
William Wallace
William Wallace
Bagdad, Tasmania

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 3rd 2011

What to say about my time in Tasmania....I've loved every minute. It really is a lovely island and has almost every landscape you could wish for - mountains all the way through to some of the nicest beaches I've seen. I won't embarrass the family by saying too much about them (I know they are worried about what I might say!!!!) but I have been made to feel very welcome and they've helped me pack as much in as possible in my short 2 weeks here and for that I thank them very much. I've also met friends of theirs and can only reiterate again how friendly australian people are. So what have I been up to...we spent a day in Port Arthur which is where the convicts were sent to do their time. It's a ... read more
Tasman Arch
Southern Ocean from Port Arthur
Remarkable Cave

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart February 1st 2011

Hello all, I know it's been a while but I've been having so much fun in Tasmania that there's been no time to update my blog. I'm planning to do one big update on the whole of my time in Tasmania before I leave. Some of you may be aware that Tropical Cyclone Yasi (the largest cyclone to hit Oz for some time) is heading towards Cairns and due to hit land late Wednesday night / early hours of Thursday morning and will be devastating if it doesn't lose any momentum. I'm due to fly up to Cairns on Friday! At the moment it's a waiting game and I'm waiting for my travel agent to advise me if anything changes. So at the moment I'm safely tucked away in Hobart and may have to stay here ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 31st 2011

Last day in Tassie and we drove up 30 minutes to Bonorong Wildlife Park. On entry, they gave us a bag of food to go hand-feed the kangaroos with. You walk around the corner and there, sprawled just about everywhere (with an amazing hilly backdrop) were every size of kangaroo imaginable. Some jumping around, others being fed and my favourites, the ones lying on their sides looking like they were missing a can of beer and tv. We fed them for a while and then joined a guided tour of the park. I make no secret of the fact that wombats are my absolute favourite Australian animal and today, I was privileged enough to meet the most amazing orphaned baby wombat. The woman keeper (Bianca) was brilliant and told us all about him, how he came ... read more
Chilling out, relaxing, maxing, all cool
Watering hole
Say hello to Burt

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 28th 2011

First stop Hobart. We arrived in the evening just before sunset and my verdict so far was that Tasmania was more than beautiful. I always think that if the drive from the airport is impressive then good things are likely to be ahead. We checked into our hostel and took a stroll down to the Salamanca area where everything was happening. This was clearly where Hobart came alive in the evenings. Tasmania is said by some to have the best food in Australia and we stopped at a little Vietnamese restaurant in Tasmania for dinner. Does that mean it's the best Vietnamese in Australia? Or just the only one in Tasmania? Anyway, it was good food and we managed to get there just before a queue around the entire restaurant formed. We discovered that Tasmania is ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 15th 2011

Woke early and eager for a cup of tea, as always - headed down to the kitchen to have a look at the facilities and provisions. I had assumed that the hostel would provide milk and there was plenty of milk in assorted fridges, but there was no knowing who any of it belonged to, so I headed out into the street to buy some. It was 6.30am and I imagined I would soon come across a newsagents open. To my surprise I came across several newsagents, all of them still tightly closed. I ventured on and eventually found a small shop open. Back in the hostel kitchen I was greeted by another guest who on sight began exclaiming about the lack of hot water in the showers that morning and expecting me to join in ... read more
Brilliant Salamanca Produce
Brilliant Salamanca Produce
Brilliant Salamanca Produce

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart January 14th 2011

Not very restful night of sleep - waking every ten minutes concerned about over sleeping and missing our flight. Woke at midnight to thundering tropical rain (usually one of my great joys) and spent the next few hours concerned that our little access road to the outside world would be flooded and prevent us from accessing the airport, even though it adjoins our suburb! I booked our taxi online for the first time and so was also concerned that this system may not work and no taxi might appear. At the appointed hour (4am!) our turbanned taxi driver appeared through a break in the rain. He was extremely friendly and chatty and we both felt embarrassed that we were almost completely unable to understand anything he was saying in his beautiful singsong accent. Didn't want it ... read more
Transit Backpackers, Hobart
Duke of Wellington Hotel, Hobart
"Back to Tassie" celebration beers at the Duke

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