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    • Day 142

      A day of church's

      February 13, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Today was my day off so I decided to try and be busy.

      The tower captain in hobart invited me to join them at their secondary church to ring in the morning. It is a Jewish Orthodox church now but was once an Anglican church. Beautiful interior and some pretty nice bells. They ring sort of funny but not bad.

      There were some cool buildings opposite that I really liked. And another church close by.

      Then sat about and had a muffin and berocca while I planned. Wrote a few emails and tried to finalise my east coast plans.

      Made some quesadillas for dinner. Tomato cause, cheese and fake chicken. Very nice.

      Then had ringing again this evening. We rang a touch of Bob which I haven't done in forever. So very proud of myself for that.

      Got back to the hostel and found out the new fridges were up and running. They are only for long termers so I now have a lovely clean fridge spot, that doesn't smell like fish and has a lot of space.
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    • Day 53

      Chardonnay H3 (Hobart, Tasmania)

      February 22 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 32 °C

      Last time I was here, was for INTERHASH 2000. The Chardonnay H3 set the Red Dress run for well over 1000 hashers back then. This time we gathered at 1300 on a Thursday, and the local hash put on a trail for us, which was very kind. Trail started from the “Hope & Anchor Tavern” that is the oldest continuously licensed pub in Australia. Prices were not old though, beer was $14 AUD, and the soda was $8.50 . . . yowser.

      At the appropriate time, the hares called us all together on the street for a quick chalk talk, and off we went. Runners enjoyed a 9 km trail (walkers got 5) that headed out of town passing the war memorial, and then out through a park. Some people thought it was too hot out at 33 C, but felt quite normal to me.

      As the pack started returning to the pub after trail, we eventually circled up for a few down downs. The hares had to get back to work, but a few locals were able to hang out with as we circled up. We had a fun circle with several good songs, and then back to the floating hotel. On On to three days of open seas as we head to New Zealand, next stop Dunedin on Monday.
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    • Day 4

      Bruny Island

      April 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Early bus trip from downtown Hobart to Kettering for the ferry to Bruny Island then 40 min drive to Adventure Bay to board a boat for a three hour trip. Great weather, no major swell, magic boatman and our crazy tour guide - all made for a great day. Went down the coast into the southern ocean, unfortunately we didn’t get to see any Whales. Such amazing caves and coastline.
      Lots of fun and laughter, then stopped to buy oysters on the way home, scoffing them on the ferry.
      Back to Hobart, straight into a bar overlooking the waterfront for a ‘Japanese Slipper’ along with nibbles.
      What a great day .
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    • Day 2

      Hobart

      April 12, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      After a rocky start yesterday we had an uneventful flight to Hobart but then had to wait for half an hour for our vehicle, then we were upgraded as they didn’t have what we booked, oh well, nice big wagon, same price, love it.
      Hotel in good position in town. Drove out to Mt Wellington to find the summit road closed due to roadworks, lovely!! However, we did get some great views from half way up. Drove out to Kingston, so pretty and the beach lovely.
      Found the shot tower historical site and climbed the 324 steps to the top.
      I am the driver with Jeanette the good navigator.
      Off to Port Arthur tomorrow.
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    • Day 104

      La Tasmanie, une destination hors route

      February 17, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Bon, c'est vrai, on avait pas prévu d'y aller, mais finalement la Tasmanie c'est quand même l'Australie. Et comme on est un peu des malades des extrêmes (toujours plus loin, plus long, plus au sud, plus d'aventures), on a pas résisté à aller explorer cette destination peu connue qui fait rêver. On débute par Hobart, bonne grosse bourgade qui se laisse vivre autour de son port, on visite aussi le musée célèbre musée d'art contemporain, le ...

      Puis on part à la découverte de cette île la plus australe de l'Océanie. Au programme, beaucoup de walibis et kangourous, des émeus, des porcs-épics locaux, les vaches et des moutons, des paysages parsemés de champs et de pâturages, qui font finalement penser un peu à la Suisse, ou à la Bourgogne.
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    • Day 281

      Tasmanien...

      May 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      ... Oder wie die einheimischen sagen "Tassie" war der absolute Hammer!
      Angekommen im beschaulichen Hobart, der Hauptstadt der Insel, fühlte ich mich gleich wohl. Es war Herbstanfang, überall lagen bunte Blätter auf dem Boden und es wahr angenehm warm uns sonnig als ich meinen Streifzug durch die Stadt begann. Trotzdem es die größte Stadt der Insel ist, hat sie mehr den Charme einer Kleinstadt. Alles beschaulich und wahnsinnig nette Menschen.
      Da ich gehört hatte, daß man in der Nähe von Hobart gut surfen kann, machte ich mich am 3. Tag auf zum Strand. Was ich erwartet hatte, waren raue See- und Küstengebiete voller Felsen und alles irgendwie düster. Was ich bekam, war ein schöner Strand und ein kristall klares Meer, das man eher in anderen Urlaubsparadiesen erwart. Das Surfen an sich war ganz ok aber es war total beeindruckend in Wellen zu surfen in denen das Wasser so klar ist. On Top dümpelten auch noch ein paar Delphine in der Bucht herum. Das machte das Packet komplett.

      Am 4. Tag startete ich einen 8 tägigen Roudtrip um die Insel. Mit dabei war Tamara, 22 Jahre jung, die genau das gleiche machen wollte. So teilten wir uns Auto und Zelt und machten uns auf den Weg.
      Angefangen bei der Ostküste setzte sich das fort, was ich schon gesehen hatte. Unfassbar schöne Strände und kristall klares Wasser. Ein absoluter Traum. Zwar ein kalter, aber ein schöner.
      Wir arbeiteten uns von Strand zu Strand und von Naturschutzgebiete zu Naturschutzgebiete. Zu sehen gab es neben den Stränden auch tolle Wälder, Wasserfälle, karge Landschaften und schluss endlich auch raue Felsküsten, so wie ich mir Tasmanien vorgestellt hatte. Mit dabei waren immer ein Haufen Tiere. Überall sah man Kängurus, Wallabys, Wombats, Papageien und vor allem Schafe, Schafe, Schafe...
      Wir waren uns auch ziemlich sicher, dass uns einmal ein Tasmanischen Teufel über den Weg gelaufen ist!
      Geschlafen wurde wie gesagt im Zelt. Das war zwar nicht unbedingt bequem und warm, dafür in herrlicher Natur und immer mit Lagerfeuer zum Dosenfutter.

      Auf unserer Tour hatten wir auch das Glück, uns ein Spiel "Australien Football" anzusehen. Sieht aus wie einer Mischung aus Fußball, Rugby, Volleyball und Fight Club. Mega schnell und echt interessant zu schauen. Vor allem jedoch fragt man sich, was für Probleme unsere Fußballspieler haben, die sich bei jeder Kleinigkeit auf dem Boden wälzen, als wenn sie angeschossen worden wären. Ich kann jedem nur empfehlen sich das einmal im Netz anzusehen. Die Regeln sind auch garnicht so kompliziert.

      Alles in allem eine wirklich beeindruckende und wunderschöne Insel, die etwas süchtig mache kann.
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    • Day 3

      Hobart

      October 9, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Patek je normalni pracovni den, a tak jsem se opet musela zabavit sama. A tak jsem prochodila Hobart, 300tisicove hlavni mesto Tasmanie. Nejdriv jsem to vzala pres centrum a namesti Salamanca, kde se kazdou sobotu kona prosluly trh, ktery si pry zadny navstevnik nesmi nechat ujit (ja si ho ujit necham, o vikendech vyrazime z mesta pryc).
      Pak do pristavu v Sandy Bay a na desatou zpet do centra do Parlamentu, kde jsem se jako jediny zajemce zucastnila free guided tour. Pan byl super a prozradil mi toho spoustu o tasmanske demokracii (napr. to, ze volby jsou tu povinne - kez by to tak bylo i u nas!).
      Domy na hobartske waterfront driv slouzily k ruznym ucelum, cela jedna ulice tu kuprikladu byla tovarnou na jam. Zamestnano tu bylo v dobach nejvetsi slavy az 1100 pracovniku!
      No a pred prohlidkou (opet free) Hobart Museum a Art Gallery (vstup zdarma) jsem stihla i botanickou zahradu. Muzeum je nadherna budova se spoustou zajimavych vystav - napr. o aboriginske historii Tasmanie nebo dnes vyhynulem Thylacinovi, neboli tasmanskem tygrovi (nekteri veri, ze nekde v prirode, v hlubokych lesich jeste zije, posledni v zajeti ale zemrel v hobartske zoo v roce 1936). A nebo taky o Antarktide.
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    • Day 3

      Hobart Tourists

      April 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Walked from Hotel to Salamanca Market downtown Hobart this morning. Lovely cafe for breakfast then a wander, magic place, best market I have ever been to.
      Back to pick up car then drove to Port Arthur, wow, what a place, wandered through the grounds and old penitentiary plus old houses, the history of this place and it’s convicts is amazing. Walked through the memorial garden that was created after the 1996 massacre of 35 people killed by a crazed gunman. One such person was Jason Winter of whom Mike & I knew slightly from his being a winemaker. Knew his father-in-law really well from Waihi Beach. Did a boat trip around the harbour and learnt more history of the convict life, great place.
      Big day tomorrow, watch this space!!! Lots of laughs today 🤪🤪🤪
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    • Day 2

      Hobart Tasmania

      February 13, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      What makes Tasmania’s Wrest Point Casino one of the most interesting casinos in Australia to visit, apart from the luxury hotels and divine restaurants surrounding the casino, is the fact that it was Australia’s very first casino.

      A little history
      The Wrest Point Hotel was long established by the time The Federal Group were applying for the country’s first casino license. In 1973, the new buildings residing on this beautiful piece of Tasmanian land were re-named Wrest Point Hotel Casino.
      So we know it’s been around since the early 70’s, but don’t worry, along with its retro characteristic charm, the complex has been extended and refurbished in recent years and opened up a large conference centre and boardwalk to add to the already impressive casino and hotel.

      So let’s get to the games
      Naturally you’ll find great Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat tables, as well as Rapid Roulette and of course a Money Wheel! For the Poker tables, Wrest Point Tasmania has some great deals in regards to their Poker games and tournaments. The Poker here is played on commission. 10% on pots over $20, with no commission for pots under $20. No time fees or seat charges, so it’s all rather nice and relaxed, which is a bit like the nature of the state of Tasmania itself. Only played Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm, and Friday and Saturday from 8pm, you’re able to book your seat on the night at the Casino Cash Desk.
      Tasmania loves their electronic games! So its highly likely you will too. This casino’s electronic games cover two large areas and you are guaranteed to find a seat on the any of the many different games. Tasmania is a lovely, and very local place, so stepping on to the gaming floor you will find people from Hobart who love to have a regular drink and a turn on the machines. They, and the staff are sure to welcome you to play and join the fun, promotions, jackpots, and Federal Club rewards program on offer.

      What else?
      Hello home of free entertainment! The Wrest Point Hotel Casino has free live music every night of the week! Yes you heard me – every night. Piano bar, cover bands, original singer songwriters and duos, and bands. Naturally they also host some huge local and international names in music and comedy on their larger stage, and they are the official home to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
      With four bars and five restaurants on offer, you’ll find whatever you are looking for. Especially if what you are looking for includes a stunning view of mount Wellington, the Tasman Bridge and the city of Hobart. You can enjoy all this eye candy whilst you dine at the revolving restaurant. Enjoy sumptuous French cuisine, whilst you gaze at the impressive backdrop of the city. You’ll be sitting at the top of a 64 metre octagonal tower that is the tallest in Hobart and nationally identified with the ‘apple isle’ (that means Tasmania in local talk). Bars to choose from are tailored to everyone. Just want a quick bite and a beer? -Go to the Boardwalk Snack Bar. Don’t want to leave the gaming floor? -Then the Casino Bar is right in the middle. The Birdcage Bar is the original retro classic bar from the old days, and Onyx Bar is modern, sleek and inviting, open to everyone and with a great lookout of the waterfront at any time of day or night.

      But it all began with a hotel
      The original Wrest Point Hotel has many suites to choose from over three hotels in the complex, Motor Inn, Water Edge and The Tower. Included are all the perks like under cover parking, health club and gym, a sauna and spa and heated pool. The very first hotel that was built on this site was the Wrest Point Riviera Hotel in 1939. It was sold in the 50’s to Federal Hotels and they kick started not only the rise of legal gambling in Casinos all over Australia, (there are now 13 major casinos in the country) but created a tourism boom for Tasmania that has helped the state make even more of a name for itself. This action also encouraged the Federal Hotels group to open the Country Club Casino in Tasmania’s other major town of Launceston.
      So if you are in Tasmania and are looking for a game or two, why not take a leisurely visit to the Wrest Point Casino Hotel. You’ll be surrounded by some classic nostalgia mixed with a contemporary groove, and a bunch of very friendly faces.
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    • Day 21

      Hobart

      October 27, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Elizabeth Street, na ktere jsem v Hobartu 3 tydny bydlela, je pekelne dlouha. Je na ni spousta obchodu a hlavne vsemoznych restauraci - od japonske pres reckou po irskou... naposledy jsem prochodila mesto, nechala vytisknout par fotek, spalila se na slunci na Salamanca Square, uzila si posledni paprsky australskeho slunce...
      ...a pak prisel cas vyrazit na letiste smer Melbourne. Uteklo to :-(.
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