Hobart, Tasmania

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Hobart is the capit­al of Tasmania, and one of the oldest cities in Australia- lots of old build­ings. Even by Australi­an stand­ards it has a really grim history of geno­cide and massacres against the origin­al local people, with lots of explan­at­ory plaques and signs around as memori­als.

Winsome melan­choly Tasmani­an devil in the airport. Not shown: shoe­less hippies play­ing the ukelele. We’re not in Melbourne any more.

Hobart used to be a rugged fish­ing and ship­ping town, and still has a large harbour. It’s one of the most south­erly ports in the world. The past few years have exper­i­enced a tour­ism boom, and there are now a lot of fancy fish restaur­ants around the harbour.

Outdoor succu­lents- Tasmania has a pleas­ant and mild climate compared to the scorch­ing summer heat of the main­land, and some of the world’s clean­est air because of how remote it is. However the ozone hole effect is at its strongest here, and the sun can burn you badly even on cloudy days.


Some gifts I got for people from a street market in Hobart. The Tasmani­an devil is an oven mitt. (The tea towels were for me)


Strine. There turns out to now be a scandi noir style murder mystery show called The Gloam­ing set in Hobart.

Er, are you alright Cadbury’s Australia? I didn’t feel the need to try chocol­ate with bits of crisp in.

Delic­acy in Hobart. Tasmania is a weird mix of very posh restaur­ants (a recent devel­op­ment) and places like this. I actu­ally struggled to get meals because I was there in the off-season for tour­ists, and lots of prom­ising look­ing places were closed, and I didn’t fancy going to an expens­ive fish restaur­ant alone. (Also because I’m a veget­ari­an and some of them didn’t even have a vege option)

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