Bruny Island

It’s funny how the phrase “the mainland” can mean two quite different things in Tasmania. You would assume, on the surface, it’s a reference to the “rest of Australia”. But on ABC Radio’s “Country Hour” the other day, I heard someone from King Island refer to “the mainland” as the “rest of Tasmania”. And I heard it used similarly today on Bruny Island.

Before undertaking today’s “Bruny Island Traveller” tour, I hadn’t realised how big Bruny Island is.… Read the rest “Bruny Island”

My Week in Hobart

Ten years ago, or even five years ago, I’m sure I could have been tempted to top off the evening with a nightcap at the nearby whiskey bar. But after a long day at work, several courses of food at Aløft, and a fair few glasses of beer, wine, and an Aperol spritz, we were all clear it was time to head home.

On top of work, I’ve been leading a fairly active social life in Hobart.… Read the rest “My Week in Hobart”


Ever since it opened there’s been a lot of hype about MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art.

I guess a lot of it has to do with the story of how it came to be, as the passion/play-thing of David Walsh who made his fortune as a professional gambler. A lot of it also has to do with the often provocative subject matter of the art. “Most of the work is about sex”, a friend of a friend joked.… Read the rest “MONA”

Cataract Gorge

When you grow up in a naturally beautiful area like the North Coast of NSW (like I did), I suspect you sometimes take it for granted. Even now, when I go home to visit my family, most of the time there is spent at home with them. If you’ve grown up with an environment like that, I guess you sometimes never realise how fantastic it is. I suspect the same may be true of the Cataract Gorge at Launceston.… Read the rest “Cataract Gorge”

Travelling to Launceston

The road trip from Hobart to Launceston wasn’t nearly as long as I thought it would be. I’ve always had an idea the road trip from the south to the north in Tasmania might have been deceptively lengthy. In the end it took us about two and half hours from start to finish. In a small car we stuck to the speed limit, and because it wasn’t too lengthy, we didn’t stop along the way. The only time we stopped was to take some photographs of the landscape, and in particular, of the wonderful public art that you see from time to time.… Read the rest “Travelling to Launceston”