Tasmania

Around and about in Hobart, Tasmania

There’s so much to see and do in Hobart, starting of course with the famous Salamanca Markets. They run every Saturday, rain or shine, except on Christmas Day. Like all good markets, they offer something for everyone. Lots of delicious fresh food, local arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, as well as some stuff that’s just plain weird. We had a couple of hours there, fighting our way through the crowds, and didn’t come away empty handed.

Tasmania

Tasmania

Something that noone should miss is the incredible Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). It’s an amazing space. It doesn’t matter if you are into art or not, the architecture, the space….it’s incredible and you must visit regardless!  The Museum itself is massive – we went in eager and excited, then after several hours emerged exhausted and somewhat dazed, our brains bursting. We’d only seen about a third of the space – it had defeated us. There will have to be a return visit, but we won’t have time on this trip sadly.

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The next morning we headed up to the summit of Mt Wellington. It’s 1271 metres high. A mighty climb in our little hire car, and it seemed to take us to a different, much icier, place than Tasmania. I’ve since been told that it is usually 10 degrees colder than Hobart, which that morning made it a brisk 4 degrees. On top of that there was a chilling wind, which I’m sure dropped it by at least 10 degrees more.

Tasmania

Tasmania

I remembered the statue I’d seen down at the docks, commemorating Louis Bernacchi, the first Australian to winter over in Antarctica, and everything fell into place. He must’ve gone to Antarctica after spending a couple of nights up on Mt Wellington, because surely the South Pole would’ve been an easier option. The views from there however are spectacular, giving a 360 degree view as far as the eye could see. It was a quick visit, we dodged the children throwing snowballs and raced back to the car to put the heater on full blast.

Tasmania

Tasmania

It was a brief taste of Hobart…..what a wonderful, action packed city with so much to offer!

Tasmania

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