Tag: Hobart

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…

Australian road trip

Here we go: the next big adventure with my sister: we’re finally taking our three-week Australian road trip. Here’s the planning: 4-5 February: the flights We start our journey in the morning at 9.00, taking Qatar airways QR196 from Brussels to Doha. It will be my first flight on a Boeing 787, the Dreamliner. After a 3h45 layover in what I…