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30 October 2006 @ 12:15 pm
Great Southern Land  
So I've got a big whack of annual leave saved up.

Everyone is too broke to jaunt off overseas with me on a whim, so I was thinking of finding a small sea to jaunt over, and maybe going to Tasmania for a week or so.

Thing is, I haven't been to Tasmania since I was about seven, and while faint memories of tall trees and flattened quolls by the roadside are very evocative, they aren't practical when actually planning a holiday.

Can anyone recommend things to do or see in Tasmania? Will probably be taking the car along, I mean, what's the point of having a car if you don't go on cheese-and-wine-and-quoll tours of Tasmania.

For inspiration, and for the edification and entertainment of those unable to offer advice, I have included a picture of a quoll. They so cute.

I do like doing and seeing pretty much anything, with the exception of hootenanny and sporting-type activities. And even hootenany I could be convinced.
Morslamorsla on October 30th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
If you make it down to Hobart, have dinner at the Ball & Chain steakhouse in Salamanca Place. Purveyors of fine pieces of cow, they managed to revive a bunch of weary hikers by feeding us until we exploded.

If you like pretty scenery but aren't too keen on carrying a pack, there are plenty of day walks at both ends of the Lake St. Clair/Cradle Mountain Overland trail. I found a spotted quoll running around on the shores of the lake...

Apparently there are lots of things worth seeing on the East coast (Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur, etc). I haven't been there yet, but Louise and I are heading over there on our own cheese-and-wine-and-quoll road trip, in January :)
Nicole: leafy sea dragonmatcha_pocky on October 30th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
The boy recently went fishatarian so I think the steakhouse might be a little cruel. Will keep it in mind as an option :) Will definitely be going back to cradle mountain, after all you have to earn your cheese and wine by hiking up something.
Morslamorsla on October 30th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
They serve good fish as well :) It's hard not include seafood on the menu when you're 50m away from a deepwater harbour...
hermia sometimeshermia8 on October 30th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
tassie. good place. very pretty. richmond (disappointingly no longer the home of chopper now he lives around the corner from you) is very picturesque. as is a lot of their countryside. oldest bridge in australia. port arthur (now with an added touch of creepy) is v interesting and quite beautiful in a way. hobart is great. to look at. don't know what to do there except bet and watch my uncle play politics. eeeeexcept.... the salamanca markets are every hoarders wet dream. go. go there now.
Nicole: mr kiplingmatcha_pocky on October 30th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
Richmond! I don't want to go to Richmond! I'd come back with bags of discount crap from those lingerie stores on Church street again. Besides, Redmond lives in Richmond.

Can I get a daypass to see your uncle? Is politics considered a national park? 'Cos there's a pass for national parks.

Markets, though, eh... tells me more.
hermia sometimeshermia8 on October 30th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
richmond is a small town. with bakeries. and, a single lingerie store, if any.

don't see my uncle. he's the bloody treasurer. do you know how boring that makes him??

salamanca is not boring. it's full of stuff... like those awful witch dolls that hold crystal balls, and bratwurst stands, and buskers who perform theatre extracts (the theatre backs onto salamanca place), and lots of fish stuff, and tye dye, and whistles, and scarves, and jewelry, and palm readers and lots of wood products from those eternally giving forests, and toilet seat covers, and blown glass platypi, and dream catchers, and fudge.

and people, and trees, and air, and dust and probably some water, and street paving, and shops and stalls and metal on stuff.
Nicole: mookiematcha_pocky on October 30th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Joking. Joking. Richmond is not just between Victoria and Swan, and Tasmanian state parliament is not a zoo. Much.

Where is this salamanca? Hobart somewhere? I will go far for fish stuffs of all kinds. Even as far as St Andrews once every five years or so, so Tasmania doesn't seem that far away in comparison. And you luuuuuure me with blown glass platypi.
hermia sometimeshermia8 on October 30th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
salamanca is a part of hobart. i hesitate to say suburb. as you can see one side of hobart from the other...
it's pretty though.
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Nicole: snailmatcha_pocky on October 30th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
Hey man, I've been up the tower of Pisa. Ain't no handrails in Pisa. Just a wall, a pillar, and neck-breaking death. Shot tower ain't got nothin' :) Besides, we've got one of our own, and were sensible enough to cover it in a nice glass cone so you don't get rained on :)

Port Arthur might well be going on the itinerary for the ye-olde with, as anna put it, an added touch of creepy.
Mattmongoloidcousin on November 1st, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)


... so when are you going?

If you are there over the New Year I would definatly check out the "Taste of Tasmania" week long food and wine festival on the Hobart foreshore, is AWESOME. Also end of yacht race and international busking festival around that time.

Other than that, take a tour out to the Prison colony thingy. Also most awesome.

Other than that, Salamanca Place on Saturday mornings turns into a HUGE uber-market, which is very '133t' (as the kids are want to say). Very Arts and Crafty.

Oh, and dont venture down any mineshafts mm'kay.


Nicolematcha_pocky on November 2nd, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Going late nov, early dec. For no reason other than that time looked fairly blank in the calendar and goddamnit, if I have to sit here one second longer I'm gonna keeel someone.

Chocolate factory, huh? I likes the sounds of thats. Anna has already put me on to Salamanca, which sounds like an exotic italian lizard. Where is this chocolate factory then? Is it loudly signposted?
Mattmongoloidcousin on November 1st, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)

Oh oh oh...

... the freakin CHOCOLATE FACTORY!!!

Nicole: snailmatcha_pocky on November 16th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Oh, my, Mr White, you have a new icon. A hilarious and beautiful new icon. I give it four stars.