|After a wonderful night's sleep on our wool topper bed we headed out to explore Hobart. First stop was the very helpful Tourist Information, then complete with maps and our heads spinning with tips and information we headed to Constitution Dock to see some very old boatsincluding some past winners of the annual Sydney to Hobart epic yacht race. Along the way we visited a replica hut of the Antarctic explorer Mawson with bronze casts of his loyal huskies outside.
We spent some time visiting the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. One of the exhibitions was about the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, and its interactions with society through objects from the State Collection. Another interesting exhibition "Islands to Ice" was about Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
There is a lot to see and it would take multiple visits to do this museum justice. By the way it was in our price range - free!
Before dinner we had a wonderful walk around Battery Point which was settled in the early 1800’s, and has retained the winding streets, colonial architecture and historical ambiance. Some of the houses are tiny cottages painted in lovely pastel shades with manicured tiny weeny front gardens. It reminds Dan of houses around Sydney's inner, inner west suburbs of Glebe, Balmain and Annandale with similar real estate prices. On the way home after dinner in Salamanca it started drizzling. Not really unexpected!
On our third day we again visited the Tasmanian Museum and spent some time learning about the history of Tasmania, it certainly didn't end well for the Aborigines. We caught up with Dan's friend Terry and his family. Dan worked with him at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in the 1990's. He kindly feed us a chinese feast and gave us a tour of the ground of MONA, a private modern art gallery with amazing views and Wrest Point Casino, Australia's first legal casino, opening in the suburb of Sandy Bay in Hobart, Tasmania, on 10 February 1973. Terry can trace his family back to his great grandfather who came out from China to Tasmania in 1897 as a gold prospector.