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Postcard from Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

This is my perfect spring afternoon: sun shining, flowers blooming, an endless park of green lawns and ponds with ducks to feed and countless varieties of flowers and trees and ferns. My camera in hand, fully-charged iPod earbuds tucked in, good book...
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The zen of stand-up paddle boarding

Every time I've watched stand-up paddle boarders, I've thought that it can't be that hard and I've wondered what the appeal was. It doesn't seem as difficult as surfing or as exhilarating as snowboarding, yet it's become more and more popular on my...
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Thank you, David Walsh: The MONA experience

As I left the Museum of Old and New Art, cruising down the Derwent River in the sunshine, the first thought to cross my mind: even if the rest of Hobart is absolutely awful (thankfully, it had its highlights), this was totally worth it. When's...
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The five essentials for the AFL experience

I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of Australian Football League season, and instantly fell in love with “the footy.” Melbourne is AFL-mad, with more than half of the league's 18 teams based in Victoria. Originally established as the Victorian...
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Postcard from Mount Wellington

On a clear day, you can see half of Tasmania from the peak of Mount Wellington. But, as my guide joked, if you don't like the weather in Tasmania, just wait 10 minutes. If you're wearing comfortable shoes, packed some extra layers and want to...
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Where to stay in Hobart: The Pickled Frog

I smiled to myself as I fiddled with the frog figurine on the check-in counter: my grandma is an avid collector of all things frog, and the mish-mash of figures throughout the reception area reminded me of her living room. The Pickled Frog in...
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Postcard from Hobart Harbour

The waterfront is one of the most gorgeous features of Hobart, the stretches of water reflecting either the clear blue skies or the intriguing cloud formations. Streteching along the city border, it's filled with sailboats, yachts and fishing...
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The highlights of Hobart

Hobart is less of a small big city, and more of a big small town. As I settled into the middle seat on my flight, the man to my left asked if I was heading home. Nope, just visiting, I replied a bit warily—after months of living in a big, bustling...
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Postcard: Is it spring or is it love?

Spring has officially arrived in Melbourne: the sun is shining, flowers are blooming and love is in the air. Table for two, coming right up. 4838...
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Save Caffeine, and supporting small businesses

As I walked up Swanston Street the other day, I passed a Starbucks. Groups of Asian tourists and Australian teenagers clutched their icy coffee drinks in the trademark white and green takeaway cup on the sunny terrace, and I tried to remember the...
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