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Cruise Diary: Hobart, Tasmania

Cruise Diary: Hobart, Tasmania

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy this post and photos from their call at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

We arrived in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, on the afternoon of November 21st. We planned to take a short walk in Hobart before dinner. On the waterfront we found a series of sculptures that commemorated the first Australian to winter in Antarctica, Louis Bernacchi. He departed from this pier for Antarctica on the ship the “Southern Cross” in 1898 with his favorite husky, Joe. Hobart is very compact. All the important buildings are found in the first two streets that parallel the waterfront. We walked by the Town Hall, the Hobart Museum and Art Gallery, St David’s Cathedral, the Parliament and a monument to Abel Tasman who discovered Tasmania. – Sharon and Al

Al at the statue of Louis Bernacchi and Joe.

Al at the statue of Louis Bernacchi and Joe.

St. David's Cathedral.

St. David's Cathedral.

Beautiful stained glass window in St. David's Cathedral.

Inside the St. David's Cathedral.

Our ship overnighted in Hobart. Since we would be leaving Hobart early on November 22nd, we decided to take a shore excursion called “Tasmania Wine & Wildlife”. We drove out of Hobart into the Tasmanian countryside to the Wildlife Sanctuary, Bonorong Park. They take in orphaned animals.

The Bonorong Sanctuary also had Cape Barren Geese, emus, cockatoos and snakes. We spent most of our time with the kangaroos, wallabies, a wombat and koalas.

Eighteen-month-old Koala named Luanne.

A wombat.

Our next stop on the “Tasmanian Wine and Wildlife” tour was the town of Richmond. Coal was discovered in the Richmond area in 1804. By 1807 the settlement of Richmond was established as a military post and convict station. A gaol (jail) was built to house the worst prisoners while they were building the Richmond Bridge.

Road through the Tasmanian countryside.

Al at the Richmond Bridge built between 1823-1825.

A mural telling the history of Richmond.

Our last stop of the day on our “Tasmanian Wine and Wildlife” tour was at the Moorilla Estate which is home to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). It is attracting art lovers to Hobart from around the world. Our visit to the Moorilla Estate was for a wine tasting. We were given plenty of appetizers and cheese to eat between tastings. We sampled four different wines. Their wine can’t be bought in the USA as all their harvest is sold to restaurants in Australia. Moorilla wines have won several awards. It was one of the best wine tastings tours we have participated in. An an excellent finish to not only our tour, but our wonderful cruise around Australia.

Me, Marty Franssen and Gary Franssen at the wine tasting at the Moorilla Estate.

The rocky coastline of Tasmania as we left Hobart. The coastline appears to be made of basaltic logs similar to Devil's Post-pile in California.

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