Summit views from Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington looms big over Hobart. With 1271 meters above sea level, it is the distinctive, defining feature of the city. The foothills of Mount Wellington is what much of Hobart was built on. Today it is officially known as kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Tasmania has adopted, like New Zealand, a dual naming policy, hence recognizing Aboriginal names for Tasmanian…

Museum of old and new art

Welcome to the best museum ever: MONA

One reason why you should put Tasmania on your travel list, and definitely make a jump south when you’re already in Australia, is Hobart’s amazing Museum of old and new art, in short: MONA. Usually, on every trip, I will go to a museum. I’ve been to the world’s most famous, from the Louvre to Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Bilbao…

Hobart city walk

I like Hobart. The small city on the edge of Tasmania, is the state capital and also its most populous city. With a population of 221,000 nearly half of all Tasmanians live here. Founded in 1804 by Colonel David Collins, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It was founded as a penal settlement of Australia, itself a penal colony.…

Off to Hobart: Road trip through Tasmania

After two days in Sydney, we left for a 6-day road trip through Australia’s biggest island, Tasmania. The 2-hour flight took south along the coast of New South Wales and Victoria, and then over Bass Strait. The sea strait that separates the island from mainland Australia was named after George Bass. He passed through it in 1798-99 while circumnavigating what was then called…

More fish: Sea Life Aquarium

After those fish we eat, we headed to those we look at: the Sea Life Aquarium. As it was still raining and cold, anyway. The aquarium was bigger than I expected, and honestly, a nice past time. A bit crowded – as everyone was looking for shelter from the rain – but we still got a good look at a number…

Sydney Fish market

Alas, the warm and sunny weather only lasted one day. Then, the rain came back. Me and Sydney have a weird relationship – it is always pouring down when I visit. I have seen much more rainy days there than sunny ones, on each of my trips.   So instead of the hiking in the Blue Mountains we had envisaged…

Beach walk: Waverley to Bondi

The heat called for a remedy: we took the tube ans bus and headed to the coast. First stop: the beautiful, eerie, silent Waverley Cemetery. Waverley cemetery sits on top of the cliffs at Bronte, a suburb of Sydney on the seaside. It opened in 1877, and looks out over the Tasman Sea. It is full of beautiful Victorian statues and…

Sydney Icons: Opera and Harbour bridge

You cannot avoid them, and nor should you. Any visit to Sydney will inevitably lead you to the Opera House and to the Harbour bridge. After our stop at the Royal Botanical Gardens, we went on along the water to the Opera House. It is an iconic building. Recognizable around the world, it symbolizes Sydney like the Eiffel Tower symbolizes…

Visit Sydney’s Botanical Garden

Our first day was an exceptionally hot day in Sydney, with temperatures hitting 36 degrees. Not ideal for a city walking tour. We decided to walk along the water, to stay cool. Our walk lead us to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a perfect viewpoint over the harbor. We first passed one of the ever present swimming pools – and cursed ourselves for…