So about two month ago Megan and I discovered super cheap tickets to Tassie and knew we couldn't pass them up! It was just a long weekend trip but we definitely enjoyed ourselves!
We arrived in Hobart Tasmania Thursday morning around 11am. We rented a car, checked into our hostel, bought groceries for our lunches and headed out to explore. We had several recommendations to go to the Museum of New and Old Art so we decided we would start out there. The museum opened January 2011 and has already gained lots of popularity internationally. It is filled with tons of well, interesting art. As the guy that gave us our tickets said, "You're in for a treat...." You never really know exactly what someone means when they say that. ha. I'm not great at taking picture in museums so I didn't really take any but here is one from the first room we walked into. It was by far the most normal of the place.
There are over 1,600 hand colored pictures along the right wall, the pieces on the floor are piles of coal surrounded by coffee bags and along the left wall are ropes hanging which are often replaced with hanging beef carcasses (wasn't sad to miss that). One of the other rooms we just so happened to miss was a machine that made poo. Literally is took food and went through the digestive process and then everyday at 2pm it pooped. Sick as!!! It was definitely as modern as art can get.
That night we went to a Thai restaurant that some ladies we met recommended and then went to the State Cinema, art film theater, and watched Take This Waltz. Loved the theater!!
We woke up and headed to Port Arthur. It is a historic convict site about an hour from Hobart. It was beautiful! Not what you would expect from an old prison! We spent most of the day there touring the grounds. I am a nerd when it comes to history, so we read all the random/ interesting facts about the site. I definitely think anyone that goes to Tasmania should check it out!!
When we got to Port Arthur they gave us cards that told us a convict and we were able to go around and figure out what he had done to get time there. The room also had these chains so we couldn't resist.
The living quarters.
Inside the old prison.
We got a little lost on our way back from Port Arthur so once we made it back to Hobart we immediately found a place to eat by the Wharf and hung out their for a bit before heading back to the hostel.
Hobart is known for its Saturday market called Salamanca. So after a relaxing morning at our favourite little coffee shop, Ooomph, we made our way there. It was a great outdoor market with tons of music, foods to sample and random nicknacks to look at. It was easy to waste several hours walking around.
The Foley Artist.
Mt. Wellington in the background.
Around lunch time we decided to go up to the top of Mt. Wellington which is a mountain on the outskirts of Hobart. The view was awesome but definitely came at a windy, freezing price. The top was snowy and COLLLLDDD. So we quickly took picture, enjoyed the view for a second and then jumped back into our warm car.
On the way up Mt. Wellington
We didn't have any plans for the rest of the day so we drove around and explored random areas of Hobart and ended up at a cute, local coffee shop mid-afternoon. While there, a guy came by our table and asked our names and where we were from. As soon as we said Texas, he immediately flipped out and showed us his Texas drivers license. Tasmania is not the place you expect to meet Texans. Anyways, he ended up telling us that he was opening for Guy Sebastian that night. You possibly have no idea who that is but he is well known in Australia. Guy won Australian Idol a few years back and has a few hits out. Check out Art of Love with Jordin Sparks. So, he ended up getting us free tickets for the show that night. It was a great surprise. It probably wasn't totally my music taste but I never pass up free concert tickets.
There is a short summary of our little trip to Tasmania.
Now, less than two weeks until I am back in the Lonestar State! Can't wait to see y'all.