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    • Day 69–70

      Hobart und Port Arthur

      January 20 in Australia ⋅ 🌨 16 °C

      Samstag:
      Wir stehen früh auf, weil heute in Hobart der bekannte Salamanca Markt ist, der nur einmal in der Woche stattfindet. Der Name ist abgeleitet vom Salamanca Place, der so benannt ist, um an die Schlacht von Salamanca zu erinnern. Und erschließt sich nicht warum es in Tasmanien ein Andenken an diese Schlacht von 1822 gibt. Im Hafen liegt das Kreuzfahrtschiff Queen Elizabeth. Entsprechend gut besucht ist der Markt. Es ist ein Markt, auf dem hauptsächlich tasmanische Produkte aus Handwerk und Landwirtschaft angeboten werden. Wir nutzen die Gelegenheit, um einige Köstlichkeiten zu probieren (z. B. Jakobsmuscheln am Spieß). Wir genießen ein frühes Abendessen und fahren mit dem Bus zurück auf unseren Schotterplatz. Bei den Busfahrten sehen wir, wie Hobart weitläufig in die Berge gebaut ist, mit seinen ziemlich steilen Straßen links und rechts erinnert es uns ein wenig an San Francisco.

      Sonntag:
      Den ursprünglich geplanten zweiten Tag für Hobart lassen wir sausen. Zum einen gäbe es für uns nur noch Museen anzuschauen, was uns weniger interessiert, zum anderen fällt es uns nicht schwer den hässlichen Campingplatz zu verlassen. So brechen wir zu unserer Tasmanien Rundreise auf und fahren als erstes auf die, im Süd-Osten gelegene, Halbinsel, nach Port Arthur.
      Wir durchqueren wunderschöne Landschaften, kommen an einmaligen Look-outs vorbei, einzig die Sonne und der blaue Himmel, lassen uns im Stich. In Port Arthur machen wir eine Bootsrundfahrt durch den offenen Naturhafen und besichtigen anschließend die Gefängnisanlage aus dem vorletzten Jahrhundert, in die die wirklich schweren Jungs deportiert wurden.
      Da wir nicht mehr weit fahren wollen, nehmen wir den nächsten Busch Campingplatz für sage und schreibe 40 Dollar mit einer urigen Zelt-Campkitchen und Busch Toilette.
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    • Day 117

      Hobart to Port Arthur

      February 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      We walked a couple of blocks from our hotel to take in the Saturday morning market. There were plenty of food trucks, local liquor stalls, wooden & glass handicrafts, & clothing stalls, lined up. It was very busy with cruise ship passengers. We rented a car to drive to Port Arthur on the Tasmanian Peninsula. We’re in an AirBnB for a couple of nights to explore this area. Our Toyota Camry hybrid is a little annoying, because not only is the steering wheel on the wrong side, but the wiper blade controls & signals are reversed. Switching lanes & turning were met with a few honking horns & stares! We arrived at our place without incident, where we were greeted by our friendly host Cathy, looking forward to cooking our dinner on the barby! Before dinner we drove 4 minutes to one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve seen on our trip, so far, & walked it from one end to the other. Even on a Saturday, the beach was nearly deserted.Read more

    • Day 106

      Trip up to Swansea

      May 23 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Had time for Rosie to do another few laps of the pump track at the campsite before we left. She said she wanted to do it again and again and again! Shes getting so much more confident on her bike now 😊
      Ended up having to change our route up to Swansea from Port Arthur as the road didn't look suitable. Then still ended up on an unsealed road! Luckily it was fine to drive on, just got the campervan very muddy!
      Had a delicious lunch in Dunalley - crayfish and a seafood platter. The girls both loved it and ate very well. Rosie especially enjoyed the prawns and Poppy loved the calamari which was so tender. Had a play in the park nearby before we left. Stocked up on food in Orford. There aren't any big supermarkets around here but the shop had all we needed. Poppy had her first go at sitting in a trolley 💜
      It was late afternoon when we arrived in the campsite at Swansea so we just hung out in the lounge and then made some dinner in the campsite kitchen.
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    • Day 104

      Port Arthur

      May 21 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      We've spent a few days in Port Arthur now and are really enjoying everything about Tasmania so far. The wildlife is incredible, although we have no idea what most of the animals are! We saw a giant ant, which Rosie was playing with. It was only later we found out they're extremely dangerous! The birds and animals are so tame, Rosie has hand fed various types of cockatoo and hundreds of pademelons. We've also seen sea eagles and kookaburra. There's a nice walk from the campsite to Port Arthur where the old prison is, the history around the convicts being exported around the world to be used as forced labor is interesting but sad. I can't believe they sentenced 7 year olds to be sent around the world for minor crimes. It is so nice to be able to have fires again, due to the fire ban we only had one fire during our whole time in New Zealand. It's also great to see some forest again and really highlights the extent of the deforestation in New Zealand. 1.2m hectares of ancient Kauri forest and 97% of wetlands have been lost there. We've also walked to Shipsterns bluff, which was beautiful, not a wave id want to surf though! This is our last night here before we start heading North.Read more

    • Day 70

      Port Arthur

      December 19, 2023 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

      Ein weiterer traumhafter Tag nahe Port Arthur. Zwei Stunden entspannt entlang der Küste spaziert und die letzte Halbe nochmal Vollgas Richtung Gipfel ⛰️
      Auf dem Heimweg sind wir wieder spontan an jedem Strand angehalten, der uns in die Quere kam.
      Im Hostel hieß es dann packen denn es geht für Weihnachten ins Airbnb😊
      Wir freuen uns schon auf selbst gemachten Glühwein und Vanillekipferl…. und die Ruhe natürlich 😌
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    • Day 83

      Port Arthur 🕵️‍ & Cape Raoul Lookout 🌳

      November 22, 2022 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

      🇩🇪 Heute sind wir östlich von Hobart auf eine Halbinsel gefahren, um zwei Sachen zu entdecken: Port Arthur Historic Site🏛️ und eine kurze Wanderung zum Cape Raoul Lookout🌊.

      🏛️🚓Port Arthur ist ein ehemaliges britisches Gefängnis in der Sträflingskolonie Australien und ist heute eine der bedeutendsten Touristenattraktionen der Insel. Ursprünglich befand sich an der Stelle von Port Arthur seit 1830 eine Holzfällersiedlung🛖. Von 1833 bis in die 1850er Jahre war es der Ort an den Grossbritannien diejenigen Sträflinge mit den höchsten Strafen schickte. Durch den Besuch lernten wir viel über die Entwicklung des Gefängnisses wie auch über die Änderungen an den Methoden, wie die Briten ihre Gefangenen behandelten. Port Arthur ist aber nicht nur deswegen bekannt, sondern leider auch aufgrund eines tragischen Ereignissesder jüngeren Geschichte, wobei 1996 bei einem Massaker 35 Menschen getötet und weitere verletzt wurde.
      Last but not least: Seit August 2010 ist Port Arthur in die Liste des UNESCO-Welterbes aufgenommen, was wiederum den Erhalt wie auch den Unterhalt der Stätte fördert.

      🌊Die Wanderung zum Cape Raoul Lookout ging ca. 1.5 Stunden (hin und zurück) und führte uns durch einen Eukalyptuswald🌳🍃🥰. Am Aussichtspunkt wurden wir mit einer tollen Aussicht über die Klippen belohnt, eindrucksvoll und etwas beänstigend zugleich🌊🤩. Kurz nach dem Lookout Point haben wir auch gleich schon unsere erste Bekanntschaft mit einer tasmanischen Schlange gemacht, welche gerade ins Gebüsch verschwand als wir in die Nähe kamen🐍😱. In Tasmanien und Australien generell ist es auf Wanderwegen stets ratsam❗etwas mir den Füssen zu "stampfen" und einen Wanderstock zu verwenden, damit Schlagen🐍, welche auf dem Wanderweg ein Sonnenbad geniessen, die Vibration der Schritte spüren und entsprechend den Wanderweg verlassen. Während der Heimfahrt haben wir noch verschiedene Vögel gesehen sowie einen kleinen Ameisenigel, der gerade vor unserem Auto die Strasse überquert hat🦔.

      🇮🇹 Oggi abbiamo guidato da Hobart verso est fino ad una penisola per scoprire due cose: Port Arthur Historic Site🏛️ e una breve escursione a Cape Raoul Lookout🌊.

      🏛️🚓Port Arthur è un'ex prigione britannica nella colonia di detenuti dell'Australia ed oggi è una delle principali attrazioni turistiche dell'isola. In origine a partire dal 1830, sul sito di Port Arthur si trovava un insediamento di boscaioli🛖. Dal 1833 fino agli anni Cinquanta del XIX secolo, è stato il luogo in cui la Gran Bretagna ha inviato i detenuti con le pene più elevate. Durante la visita abbiamo imparato molto sullo sviluppo della prigione e sui cambiamenti nel modo in cui gli inglesi trattavano i loro prigionieri. Port Arthur non è nota solo per questo, ma purtroppo anche per un tragico evento della storia recente, in cui 35 persone sono state uccise e altre ferite in un massacro nel 1996.
      Ultimo ma non meno importante: dall'agosto 2010, Port Arthur è stata inserita nella Lista del Patrimonio Mondiale dell'UNESCO, che a sua volta promuove la conservazione e la manutenzione del sito.

      L'escursione a Cape Raoul Lookout è durata circa 1,5 ore (andata e ritorno) e ci ha condotto attraverso una foresta di eucalipti🌳🍃🥰. Al punto di osservazione siamo stati ricompensati con una splendida vista sulle scogliere, impressionante e un po' spaventosa allo stesso tempo🌊🤩 . Poco dopo il punto di osservazione, abbiamo fatto la nostra prima conoscenza con un serpente della Tasmania, che è scomparso tra i cespugli mentre ci avvicinavamo🐍😱. In Tasmania e in Australia in generale, è sempre consigliabile "pestare" un po' i piedi sui sentieri escursionistici e usare un bastone da passeggio, in modo che i serpenti🐍 che si godono il sole sul sentiero escursionistico sentano la vibrazione dei vostri passi e lascino il sentiero di conseguenza. Sulla via del ritorno abbiamo visto vari uccelli e una piccolo riccio che stava attraversando la strada davanti alla nostra auto🦔.
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    • Day 31

      Port Arthur - Sträflingskolonie

      December 19, 2023 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

      Heute sind wir nach dem Frühstück zu der historischen Port Arthur Siedlung gelaufen. Port Arthur wurde vor knapp 200 Jahren als Gefängnis in der Sträflingskolonie Australiens gegründet. Selbst bei kleinen Straftaten wie Diebstahl wurden teilweise sogar Minderjährige von Großbritannien nach Australien mit dem Segelboot geschippert. Durch die vielen Schilder, Ruinen, nachgestalteten Räume sowie Ausgrabungen konnten wir das damalige Leben so halbwegs nachvollziehen.
      Es hätte heute regnen sollen aber zum Glück hatten wir sogar wunderschönen blauen Himmel bis zum Abend☀️
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    • Day 45

      Experiencing history at Port Arthur 🏛

      January 31 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Got up early this morning as I had to bring my car to the rental agency in Hobart, because it made weird, squeezy noises since a couple of days. Yep, looks like me & car issues seem to be a thing once again 😂💩
      After I got another car, I made my way down to Port Arthur, which is a former convict site. 😬
      It consits of 11 penal sites that were built during the 18th and 19th century and served as penal colony from 1833 to 1877. During that time, criminals that were considered to be most dangerous were sent there.
      It was one of the first prisons, where inmates were not only punished physically but also psychologically. They were for example not allowed to speak (exept when directly adressed by a guard), look at each other or touch each other.
      It was considered as one of the most safe prisons at this time, since the colony was located at a peninsula and the only street connecting it to the mainland was heavily guarded. 😶
      It was super interesting to walk through the ruins and read the storys of inmates and officials working on site. Fun fact: one prisoner tried to escape dressed up as a kangaroo. 🦘 his diguise was so good, that the guards wanted to shoot the "kangaroo" in order to have it for dinner 😂 that's when the convict gave up and showed himself. 🤷🏼‍♀️
      Afterwards I went for an extended walk at Pirates bay, with stunning views at the cliffs 🤩🤩
      Had to change hostels tonight and am now at a capsule hostel 😅 very different...but really nice somehow 😆

      Soundtrack of the day:
      Prison Song - System of a Down
      https://open.spotify.com/track/3AwLxSqo1jOOMpNs…
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    • Day 55

      Nervosität stiegt...

      February 1, 2023 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      So d Rucksäck si packt u mir si jetzt wieder z Port Arthur. Hüt geiz los uf üsi gross Wanderig, dr Three Capes Track.
      Hoffä z Wätter besseret de nu chli di nächschtä Täg 😅
      Faus mir dr Wäg usem Busch wieder wärdä gfingä, wärdä mir üs i 4 Täg wieder mal mäudä 😁Read more

    • Day 48

      OTR: Tasman NP … Remarkable Cave

      January 28 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      Checking out of our hotel around 9:00a, we headed off on a bit of sightseeing before breakfast.

      Our route took us south from Port Arthur to where the road dead-ends in Tasman National Park. The trailheads for a couple of hikes were conveniently nearby, but they required more time than we had. We had in mind to do something else anyway.

      We were there to visit Remarkable Cave, one of the unique rock formations found along the coast. Due to the erosive power of the ocean, what was once a cave is a rock bridge carved out of a limestone cliff.

      To get to the cave-turned-bridge, we had to walk down a series of metal steps and boardwalks, stopping at a viewpoint at the midway point for some beautiful views. But the highlight of the walk, without a doubt, was the rock formation that lives up to its name … truly remarkable.

      We spent quite a bit of time on the boardwalk — which we had all to ourselves — not just watching the waves crashing through to tunnel and onto the beach below us. But also listening to the sounds of the rocks being moved about by the rough surf.

      A remarkable start to our day on the road.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Port Arthur, Porth Arthur, ポート・アーサー, 포트아서, Порт Артур, พอร์ตอาร์เทอร์, 阿瑟港

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