Hobart, Australia – October 25 – 27
We jetted from our tropical paradise to the cooler spring climate of southerly Hobart, Tasmania. Set on the Derwent River, Tasmania is a small city of around 200,000 people (almost half the entire island). Settled in the early 1800s by the British, by way of Sydney, the island had been visited in the 1600s by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. Originally named as Van Diemens Land, it was latterly named Tasmania after its first European discovery. Today Hobart is a thriving little city and a far south foodie capital. Formerly it was a bustling whaler station and at times a gold rush region. Our Harbour front hotel, macq01, is a converted wharf wharehouse and a modern history book hotel of many ‘illustrious’ characters.
We enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the city, seeing key sites. We take a day trip to Port Arthur, on Carnarvon Bay, the former British penal prison for convicts sent away to the colonies in early 1800s. A fascinating look back to a more ‘dark’ era of this beautiful island colony. Britain was not allowed to send its convicts to America, so Australia and Tasmania became their far away place (mostly of no return).
We enjoy a visit to the modern MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), travelling by high speed luxury river ferry … up front in the “posh pit” of the boat. This extraordinary architectural creation of David Walsh, on-line gambling millionaire of Hobart, offers contrasting highlights of modern art. Adjoining is the excellent Source restaurant where we enjoyed a la carte lunch of Tasmanian highlights.
All guests enjoyed some “dine by choice” dinner dining … choosing their own preferred restaurants for dining. Hobart does not disappoint in good dining options.
We’re on our way to quaint Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu … amid some of the most spectacular scenery of the South Pacific … the ‘southern alps’ … adventures alluring … Click here to join us!