Updated: Oct 7, 2021
First Stop: Hobart, Tasmania
Honestly, before this trip, there is no way I could have put Tasmania on a world map. During my time in Australian quarantine, I spent quite a bit of time watching kindergarten Australia geography videos, and I learned about Tasmania.
Tasmania is the smallest Australian state and the only island state. It’s located southeast of the Australian mainland and is technically the 26th largest island in the world. Tasmania is a highly sought-after island destination known for its diverse geography, breathtaking views, and hiking opportunities.
Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, with a total population of about 540,000 people. Tasmania is also well known for its wildlife, such as the notorious Tasmanian Devil.
Coronavirus in Hobart
At the time of writing (January 2021), there are zero new COVID cases in Tasmania. The small island state has been pretty much unscathed by COVID 19. There are no mask mandates.
The island is doing an excellent job of having guests check-in to destinations to contact trace. It is like stepping back into 2019. I visited packed museums and markets, and no one blinked twice!
Why I’m Touring Australia
Right now, I am traveling around Australia with Rasmus and his basketball team. His team, the NZ Breakers, have been displaced this season by COVID 19; they are typically based in Auckland, New Zealand. But for the time being, we are nomads, and so is the team headquarters.
So far, it’s been Melbourne and Hobart, but next on the schedule is potentially Adelaide, Perth, or Cairns. And lucky me, I’m just along for the ride. I’m using my downtime wisely and planning to use this as an opportunity to tour Australia!
Although it’s not fun to be without a home base, I enjoy the chance to travel. And I have to say; hotel life has been spoiling us. I haven’t cooked the last few weeks, cleaned, or even washed or folded laundry -- hello, silver lining! I spent the last week in Tasmania’s capital Hobart, and here are some fun things we found to do.