Tasmania

Postcard from the streets of Hobart

A small-town capital, Hobart is a city that shuts down squarely at 5 p.m.  The crisp peak of Mount Wellington overlooks the city’s sparkling harbour, with the tidy streets of the CBD propped in neat squares and right angles in between.                           You would […]

December 22, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the walls of Hobart

The details of a place have always interested me more than a sweeping panorama: those are the rewards for paying attention, for actively searching your surroundings instead of complacently heading toward the next scenic vista. Hobart was full of the sort of details I love: a shock of green valiantly pushing through a crack in the […]

October 27, 2011 Continue reading…

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 in bag. Flowers are the one thing that I never tire of photographing, […]

October 12, 2011 Continue reading…

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 the last time a museum left you feeling that fulfilled? […]

October 5, 2011 Continue reading…

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 be outdoorsy (read: save some cash), you can take bus […]

September 21, 2011 Continue reading…

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 Hobart is a bit like that: it reminds you more of home, […]

September 20, 2011 Continue reading…

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 boats.    The harbour is impossible to miss while scoping out the highlights of Hobart: the city centre […]

September 15, 2011 Continue reading…