Category Archives: Tasmania

Port Arthur

Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania, Australia.

The site forms part of the Australian Convict Sites, a World Heritage property consisting of eleven remnant penal sites originally built within the British Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries on fertile Australian coastal strips. Collectively, these sites, including Port Arthur, now represent, “…the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts.” – Wikipedia

Port Arthur is officially Tasmania’s top tourist attraction. It is located approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) south east of the state capital, Hobart. In 1996 it was the scene of the worst mass murder event in post-colonial Australian history.

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Tasman Island

Tasman Island is an oval island, with an area of 1.2 km2, in south-eastern Australia. It is part of the Tasman Island Group, lying close to the south-eastern coast of Tasmania around the Tasman Peninsula, and is in the Tasman National Park. It is a plateau surrounded by steep dolerite cliffs, with its highest point 300m and an average plateau height of 280m. It is the site of the Tasman Island Lighthouse and weather station, which has been automated since 1976 and unmanned since 1977.

It is also very, very cold 😉

 

Mt Wellington

Mount Wellington is a mountain in the southeast coastal region of Tasmania, Australia. The mountain is the summit of the Wellington Range on whose foothills is built much of the city of Hobart.The mountain rises to 1,269 metres (4,163 ft) above sea level and is frequently covered by snow, sometimes even in summer, and the lower slopes are thickly forested, but criss-crossed by many walking tracks and a few fire trails. It has extensive views of Hobart and is one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations.

 

Quick Trip to Hobart

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, the southernmost state of Australia. Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney, New South Wales. The city is located in the state’s south-east on the estuary of the Derwent River, making it the most southern of Australia’s capital cities and its harbour forms the second-deepest natural port in the world according to Wikipedia.

Heidi and I were in Hobart only briefly, covering the digital media for a conference in 2014. We were so taken with the city and indeed the island of Tasmania, that we promised ourselves we would return as soon as possible – with warmer clothing.

MONA

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art collected by Australian professional gambler, David Dominic Walsh.