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Relaxing in Strahan

In the last three weeks, I’ve been on eight planes and two bus trips travelling around Australia and Asia. It’s been a blast, but also a little exhausting!

So when we arrived in the sleepy harbour town of Strahan, Tasmania, it was the perfect place to take a break.

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Of course, there are a ton of things you can do in Strahan if you want to. Sail down the Gordon River, take a day trip to Queenstown, visit Sarah Island or head out to Ocean Beach.

We opted for relaxation in the town itself, which has a very long history (at least by Australian standards).

In an area first discovered by Captain James Kelly in 1815, Strahan is found on the West Coast of Tasmania through a 200 metre entrance to Macquarie Harbour (later named Hells Gates by convicts)! Nearby Sarah Island was a convict prison for 11 years between 1822 and 1833, before Strahan itself was founded in 1877.

For a town with such an illustrious history, you could be forgiven for thinking that Strahan may be a large town. Truth be known, the place is tiny, but it is also very beautiful.

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We used every opportunity to relax here, only taking the trip out to Ocean Beach so far as tourist activities were concerned. Often called the end of the earth, this place was wild. The windy day on which we visited probably didn’t help!

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All in all, Strahan was a lovely spot to visit, though there wasn’t all that much to do outside the standard tours (which, quite frankly, are on the expensive side of things, but don’t get me started on the cost of travel in Australia)!*

So, have you been to Strahan? What did you think? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Healthy Globetrotter

*Don’t get me wrong, Australia is the most wonderful country and I’ve been lucky enough to spend many years of my life travelling it. That said, it can be cheaper to visit the South Pacific or Asia then to take a one or two hour flight from Sydney, though that’s a topic for another day 🙂

There’s no place like home…

As much as I love to travel, there are times when it is good to be home. Right now is one of them. Having travelled across three Australian states over the last three days (at the time of writing) and with two packed trips coming up in the next month, it is nice to be home. Even if only for a couple of nights.

The immediate relaxation I felt when I walked through my door got me thinking, what are my favourite things to do in Sydney? There’s no doubt about it, I love to travel. But I really do appreciate this beautiful city I live in, so thought I might dedicate a couple of posts to the place I call home.

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This is the view from my apartment, which may give you a small hint as to why it is so nice to be home.

One of my favourite things about Sydney is its proximity to the beach, especially with the number of coastal walks available. The Bondi to Bronte walk (or even further through to Coogee if you prefer) is one of the most popular.

I don’t do the walk as often as I would like, but make a point to do it whenever I can. I’d highly recommend it to Sydney locals and visitors alike. Here’s why:

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Bondi2That’s right, the view is pretty spectacular. The walk from Bondi to Bronte is 4 km one way, or 8 km return. On a hot day pack plenty of water and always wear sunscreen – you’ll need it. 

So next time you’re in Sydney, pack some exercise gear and make the trip out to the beach to enjoy the walk. More information about the walk, including how to get there, can be found here.

The Healthy Globetrotter

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Wine Glass Bay

Yep, you read right: Wine Glass Bay. What’s not to like about that name? Located in Freycinet National Park on the East Coast of Tasmania, Wine Glass Bay is one of the most photographed spots in Tasmania.

I was no exception to the rule, and after a 25 minute climb to the look out I went a little snap happy. We had planned to walk down to the beach as well, but honestly we were ill-prepared water wise (with less than half a litre left) and decided it would probably be irresponsible to take the journey down to the beach (we also weren’t dressed for a hike). Next time. Regardless, the view from the top was pretty spectacular:

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After the climb we probably stayed at the look out for around 20 minutes before heading back down to the car park.

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After our hike we settled into Freycinet Lodge for a drink and a rest before the drive back to Hobart (we only did a day trip, but if I had my time over I would definitely have spent more time on the East Coast). Not a bad spot to refuel:

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The whole east coast is beautiful, and it makes for a gorgeous drive from Hobart. We stopped along the way at Kate’s Berry Farm, and though I was disappointed in the lack of fresh berries for sale, the view was gorgeous, and pretty typical of our drive:

Freycinet 3If you’re heading for Freycinet, do pack appropriate hiking gear so you can do more of the walking tracks than we did. It is a gorgeous area, and I can’t wait to get down on some of those beaches one day!

The Healthy Globetrotter

A busy time of year… and a peek at Tasmania!

Somewhat unintentionally, I’ve had a bit of a break from writing. However, as I’ve just returned from Tasmania and have a whole lot of travel coming up in the next month, I figure that now is as good as time as any to get back on board!

The end of the year has been hectic, as it is for everyone I suppose. Mine has been marred with injury, with back and hip problems keeping me from my regular exercise routine, as well as a pretty hectic work schedule. That said, I’ve had a truly excellent December thus far, and can’t wait to visit my family tomorrow to celebrate the festive season properly!

I’ve spent the last week in Tasmania, in Australia’s south. It wasn’t my first visit, but given the last time I travelled there I was 16, it is fair to say that I appreciated it a whole lot more this time around!

Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, is pretty spectacular. Lonely Planet ranked it as number 7 on its list of top ten cities, best in travel for 2013. I like to think i’m ahead of the curve. Kidding!

We stayed on the harbour at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. I’d highly recommend the hotel, particularly a harbour view room as we had – the views are pretty special:

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The hotel also has a pool, which meant I was able to get in some exercise even though I wasn’t able to run. Not all bad:

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We spent Saturday morning at the Salamanca markets (even though it was raining) and attended a beautiful wedding in the afternoon. Thankfully the weather cleared up in time for the reception in Sandy Bay.

This photo was taken from a private residence, but I’d highly recommend heading to Sandy Bay to check out the views:

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The Museum of Old and New Art (or, MONA) is a must see in Hobart. The privately held collection is very special. Some of it is a little bit controversial, but I believe there is a route around the gallery you can take to avoid the nudity and more controversial images if you choose.

We just wandered around, reading about all the art work on a handy iPhone/iPod touch (which was part of the admission fee). This was my favourite room:

Hobart 3Hobart was pretty special, and it was just the start of our trip. I can’t wait to show you more of Tassie and show you why it is rated as a such a great place to visit in Australia.

Until then, wishing you and your families a very merry Christmas (if you celebrate it), and a wonderful New Year.

The Healthy Globetrotter