Last week I was on a short mini-break in Tasmania to de-stress, enjoy life and just have a break from my day-to-day working live (managing a hotel is not as easy as most of you will think, its a high-stress job I tell ya).
I will be writing lots of cool guides etc about my holiday, but I thought I would share some pictures and a daily guide first. So this post is a sort of photo diary, but then better. (I think)
DAY 1 | SYDNEY TO HOBART
On the first day I flew from Sydney to Hobart at 10.40 am in the morning and I arrived at 13.25 pm. The flight was only 1.25 minutes, but taxing and late passengers took a while. Since I get motion sick, I always take tablets, these tablets knock me out, so I missed the majority of the flight. Lucky I woke up right when we reached Tasmania, so I got to see the island from above (She looks absolutely beautiful).
The first picture is departing Sydney and the second is landing in Hobart.
When I arrived at the hotel I quickly went to the famous Salamanca market, which was only a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel. It was however 39 degrees, so I did not stay too long.
I had a snooze in my hotel and just before sunset, I left the hotel again to walk to the cenotaph. This is the main commemorative military monument for the Australian state of Tasmania. There I waited for the sun to set and took the following pictures:
DAY 2 | HOBART EXPLORING
Sunday morning started with a bit of commotion as the fire alarm in the hotel went off. That meant I had to evacuate. It was 9 am, but hey I am on holidays, so I was still fast asleep. At least that meant that I was up. After watching some shows, got up to start my day, ate some breakfast and got dressed, I then wandered to Sullivan’s Cove (about a 15-minute walk).
The forecast for the day was rain, so after about 2 hours of wandering around it started to rain so I headed back to the hotel. Got dressed into a bathing suit which I did quicker than a Sim and headed to floor number 3 for an hour swim season. Because I have the fitness level of an 89 year old, I decided, so the next couple of hours was spent editing photos and starting on a couple of blog posts.
In the evening I skyped with my parents and went for another wander around of this enchanting city.
DAY 3 | MOUNT NELSON
Today I took the local bus to Mount Nelson. This was about a 30 minutes journey which only cost $3.50 one way. The bus literally drops you off at the tip of the mountains near the Signal Station. The station, built in 1811, still stands on the hill. Inside, there is a fun little history lesson on signal stations and their importance.
But the stunning views should be your main reason of visiting this place.
DAY 4 | SOLDIERS WALK + EVENING PHOTOGRAPHY
In the afternoon, after I had slept in, I walked to the ‘Queens Domain’ to do the soldier walk.
The Soldier’s Memorial Avenue forms part of the Queens Domain. The Avenue of Honour comprising 520 trees planted in 1918 and 1919 to commemorate soldiers, mainly from Hobart, who died in World War I (the Great War) 1914–1918. Additional trees were added in the Soldiers Memorial Avenue Extension in the Cenotaph precinct in 1926. In all, there are 533 individually named trees plus one for an Unknown Soldier and three trees planted by dignitaries.
It is an impressive way to remember fallen soldiers.
Wander along Macquarie Street, check out Franklin Square and wander to the Piers at night.
DAY 5 | FLYING BACK HOME
Unfortunately my last day 🙁 11 am I checked out and hopped on the Skybus towards the airport. My flight was delayed by 1 hour but that was not too bad. The flight was easy and non-eventful and 1 hour and 30 minutes later I was back in Sydney.
I thoroughly enjoyed Hobart and I hope to go back one day to see more of the island.
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