Updated: Oct 3, 2021
Hello from Hobart, again!
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, a heart-shaped island state just south of mainland Australia. Tasmania is known for farm-fresh produce, cozy cafes, world-class art, and jaw-dropping landscapes. The city has about 200,000 people and is just my speed.
We are stuck here until the New Zealand border opens. Nonetheless, we are going to make the best of it. If we had to be stuck anywhere in the world, Hobart would make the top five places. Somehow, it’s Durangoesque. It’s got the small-town vibe where people are friendly, but it’s also got live music, bangin’ food, trendy cafe culture, and hikes that will blow your mind. If you never see me again, you’ll know where to find me.
Of course, we are a little disheartened to be so far away from Rasmus’ basketball team. It’s no fun to train solo, and boy has he been getting after it in the gym. Luckily for us, one of his coaches got stuck here, too (unluckily for him)!
I honestly thought we’d be in New Zealand by now, but fate had other plans. On the plus side, it’s already spring, and warm weather is upon us!
The Great Outdoors
If you're looking for a postcard of Hobart, the odds are good that you'll find one featuring Salamanca Market. Open on Saturdays, and it’s the most-visited tourist spot in all of Tasmania.
Whether you're after a snack, a souvenir, or a sweet new outfit, this open-air space is the place to go hunting for it -- vendors change constantly but include locally made and grown products from ginger beer to glassware.
We are enjoying our Saturday mornings there and always come home with a bag overflowing with fresh produce. I’m a sucker for local honey and jams; these Hobartians know what they’re doing.
On the weekends, we’ve spent our time exploring places within a two-hour drive. And we’ve made it out to Port Arthur and hiked about nine miles out to Cape Raoul. I’ve hiked all over the world, but I’ve never hiked along a cliff edge like that.
Video from Cape Raoul:
Another stellar place we hit was Russell Falls and the surrounding area. This waterfall is tucked back into the mountains in a scene that looks a bit like Jurassic Park. There was something wholesome feeling about the green nature in Mount Field National Park.
Video from Russell Falls: