Monthly Archives: July 2016
Tasmania has some of the best walking in Australia with a number of the Great Walks of Australia all being located here. There are plenty of walking options from short day trips to longer walks such as the Overland, Three Capes and the South Coast Track Walks with options to both do them yourself as well as take a guided tour.
MONA AND MOFO
MOFO has become one of the major highlights of the year with amazing performances drawing huge crowds to venues all over Hobart. Previous headliners have included Nick Cave and Amanda Palmer.
MONA itself is a great gallery to explore and always nice on a hot summers day. The gallery is huge and well worth setting side a day to get the full experience.
SWIMMING ON THE EAST COAST
The East Coast of Tasmania has some of the best white sandy beaches in Australia perfect for cooling off on a hot summers day.
In addition to amazing beaches the East Coast has some amazing places to explore including Freycinet National Park and the stunning Bay of Fires. If you are looking for the perfect road trip destination then this part of Tasmania has to be on the top of your list.
In the early hours of 2 June 1953, guests sleeping at the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel (pyg.co.uk) heard an urgent knocking on their doors and were instructed by the proprietor to assemble downstairs. They were among the first to learn that mortals had stood on the highest point on Earth, finding out not long after Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned later that day. Glühwein was served in celebration.
A version of this triumphant scene could have played out in a chalet in Switzerland or a log cabin in Alaska. However, the spiritual home of the British 1953 Everest expedition was a little pub in a blustery mountain pass in Snowdonia, which served as their training base. Staying at the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, these men tested themselves against the surrounding Welsh mountains – peaks that measured beside the Andes or the Alps as mere molehills. They can be ascended after a fry-up and descended in time for a pint before teatime. And yet these modest peaks have a long, unlikely association with humankind’s most heroic mountaineering feats.
‘These are small mountains of course,’ explains the current owner of Pen-y-Gwryd, Rupert Pullee, leaning on the timber bar. ‘But they are mountains nonetheless, and they need to be respected.’
He shows me cabinets full of memorabilia donated by expedition members. There is the rope that tethered Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary together. There are oxygen canisters with faded Union Jack insignia – tested on the Snowdonian peak of Tryfan (918m) before being put to use in the Himalayas (more than 8,000m). Over the fireplace is a pebble from Everest’s summit pocketed by Hillary. And there are yellowing pictures of expedition members attending reunions at Pen-y-Gwryd over the years – their hair whitening and their numbers dwindling with each photograph, until the series stops in the late nineties.
Hobart has become hugely popular as a holiday destination over summer with plenty of amazing natural and cultural attractions to explore. Whether you are looking to get out into the wilderness or enjoy our food and wine you will find more than enough things to do in Hobart to keep you busy this summer.
OUR TOP THINGS TO DO IN HOBART
EXPLORE HOBART’S COASTLINE
The area around Hobart has some beautiful coastline to explore with the largest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere providing habitat for sea birds and seals. On the water it’s not uncommon to see Dolphins, Whales and Sea Eagles. We were even lucky enough this year to sea a pod of Orcas in the Derwent River. The best way to explore our coastline is via a cruise or on a kayaking tours with plenty of options available for both.
Hobart is home to some of the best local producers in the country with some of the worlds best whisky, wine and cheese produced locally. If you are planning on going for a drive you will find small artisan producers in almost every small town around Hobart and most have a cellar door or farm gate allowing you to purchase directly. If you don’t want to drive and just want to enjoy yourself there are also plenty of food and wine tours allowing you to enjoy yourself without worrying about breaking the .05 blood alcohol limit.
Mt Wellington stands at over 1200m and provides some of the best views anywhere in Tasmania. From the summit of Mt Wellington you can see right over Hobart and south down the Derwent to the Southern Ocean. During summer the summit and springs are often 10 degrees cooler than the CBD making this a great spot to cool off when it’s hot. If you are a photographer the summit and various lookouts provide some of the best vantage points in Tasmania for sunset and sunrise shots.
If you are looking for something more adventurous jump on a bike and go for a ride on the 14km North South Track which links up with the Glenorchy MTB Park. Mt Wellington is also home to some of the best rock climbing in Australia with the Organ Pipes rock formations providing a number of challenging routes.
While the main buildings of two big hitters, the Museum of Contemporary Art (msub.org.rs) and the National Museum (narodnimuzej.rs), have been under reconstruction for years now, the good news is that their reopening is expected in late 2017 and early 2018 respectively. In the meantime, temporary themed exhibitions are held at other locations around town, including the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Belgrade City Museum (mgb.org.rs).
Museum of Yugoslav History
As one of the most visited museums in Serbia, the Museum of Yugoslav History owes its status to widespread ‘Yugonostalgia’ and the grave of socialist Yugoslavia’s lifelong president Josip Broz Tito, situated inside the museum complex. But most of all, the museum offers an often critical insight into the various aspects of life in Yugoslavia over the 20th century – from everyday life to economic ups and downs, arts, politics and so on. The permanent collection features priceless gifts that Tito received in his lifetime, such as the fragment of the Moon’s surface from the crew of Apollo 11 or the gold sabre of a Soviet commander from Stalin.
Alternative: Historical Museum of Serbia for the turbulent pre-Yugoslav history from the Middle Ages to the Kingdom of Serbia, including personal belongings of the members of Karadjordjević and Obrenović dynasties.
Museum of Science and Technology
Nope, science is not just for nerds! There are several hundreds of items on display at Belgrade’s Museum of Science and Technology that will prove you were wrong about skipping those science classes. Discover how Serbian scientists have changed our everyday lives, or visit the special part of the museum dedicated to toys and their history. Only a few streets away you’ll also find a department dedicated to the revolutionary, often bizarre but always fascinating history of medicine; it’s actually located inside a 19th-century hospital building.
Alternative: Museum of Anatomy (facebook.com/Anatomski-muzej-FVM) for an incredible collection of animal skeletons, including one of a horse that survived WWI and the Serbian army’s retreat through Albania.