So, Auckland was an amazing experience. I zip-lined, jumped off the SkyTower, and visited the Hobbiton Movie Set. So, what’s next? Well, I chose to go to a place in Australia that is not on most people’s list, the beautiful city of Hobart in the state of Tasmania. For those that don’t know, Tasmania is a state of Australia, just like New South Wales, but it is an island off the southeastern coast of mainland Australia. Think about Hawaii and the continental US. OK, so that’s enough of the geography lesson. On to the real s**t! What I did in Tassie (as it is known in Australia).
Day 1 (Nov 3rd) was just a bit of walking exploration of the Hobart CBD, with a bit of souvenir shopping.
I had originally booked an aerial tour of Hobart via seaplane with Tasmanian Air Adventures, but unfortunately, my flights had been rescheduled and I would be arriving later than originally planned. So, I had to cancel the aerial tour…which really sucked. Still, I always enjoy exploring the CBD of the places I visit. All in all, it was a kind of uneventful day, but that is not always a bad thing. It can give you some time to relax a bit, and as mentioned previously, go shopping. Found some postcards, some stuffed animals for my nieces, some essentials (i.e. toothpaste and deodorant), and of course, food. Day 2 has some awesome stuff coming. Tell you about it tomorrow…today. 😉
Day 2 (Nov 4th) was pretty freaking awesome. First and foremost, I rented a car. This marked the first time that I have ever driven a car outside of the United States. For me, that’s a pretty big deal. 🙂 Check out my badass ride.
First on the itinerary? The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. (<—Click on the link for more info) So glad I found this on Expedia. They have what’s called the “Feeding Frenzy Tour at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary”, which meant I got my very own, privately guided tour of the place, and up close experiences with some of the animals. An amazing place, with amazing people, doing amazing things for animal conservation. I learned a lot from my guide. Got to see a wombat up close, hand feed kangaroos, saw a three-legged echidna (an egg laying mammal), and much more. Check out these photos and videos.
After the sanctuary, I figured I’d go on a tour of the Cascade Brewery (<–Link). Their beer is sent all over Australia, and it’s pretty damn good. With the tour, we got some tokens for some free beers at the bar after the tour. Really good stuff. While there, I met a really nice Australian couple from Melbourne, and chatted them up for a bit. They were kind enough to suggest some things for me to do when I got to Melbourne, which was my next stop after Hobart.
After, the brewery tour, I figured there was one more thing that I really had to do. A stop to Mount Wellington was a must. Not only could I drive to Mount Wellington, but I could also drive to the very top. Better yet, the GPS took me all the way up. Made a couple stops along the way to admire the scenery, and man was it ever beautiful. Still, the trek continued. Once at the top, the view was even more spectacular. You could get different vantage points, and get great views of the city of Hobart, truly stunning views. Got some pics from Mount Wellington as well. Enjoy.
Day 3: (Nov 5th) Iron Pot Boat Cruise by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
“Iron Pot Cruises is a 2½ hour cruise exploring the renowned waterways that influence Hobart’s lifestyle. Visit Australia’s oldest lighthouse, circumnavigate Betsey Island and discover the city’s rich maritime past.” (Taken from the Iron Pot Cruises website) Got to the booking location pretty early and booked the tour, so I still had about an hour or so to kill before the cruise. So, off to explore a little more and buy some more souvenirs! The tour itself was great, with our tour guide/boat captain Finn being very knowledgeable of the history of Hobart. Definitely a worthwhile tour if you’re ever in Hobart. If not, you should be. I couldn’t be happier with having chosen Hobart as my initial location for my Australian adventure. So that’s it. Check out the video below. Saw some dolphins!!!! And off to Melbourne I went. See you at the next post.
Check out the dolphins!!