[NOTE: We traveled in Australia and Tasmania back in early 2012, using a rental car and our own devices to get around. Recently, World Expeditions asked us to write about a couple of our memorable hikes for their #BestMountainTrek series. I wrote about my 2011 experience hiking Patagonia’s Torres del Paine here. While World Expeditions […]
We were introduced to Peter and Tracy McDermott through a mutual acquaintance, and suddenly the four of us were meeting for dinner in Copenhagen. That was in April 2014, when Tracy and Peter were just embarking on their extended travels, and we were making our first forays into Scandinavia. Now, with more than a year […]
Sarah Island, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Colony, near Strahan, Tasmania was one of the most notorious penal camps in early Australia. Established in 1822 as a banishment site for convicts who were too hard to contain in the other sites, it functioned as an early day Alcatraz until finally being closed in 1833. Like Alcatraz, […]
Capture the Colour is a travel photography contest sponsored by The Travel Supermarket. They’re a British company, hence the spelling of color. The idea is to enter five photos, each illustrating a striking color. I’ve chosen some photos that feature (mostly) a small area of the specified color, rather than a big field. Maybe it’s […]
Sometimes it just happens. You are just innocently sitting at home wondering where to go next and you get an email from your Australian friend: “We’re having a party in Honolulu for Phil’s 60th Birthday. You should come. Lots of our friends are coming. It will be fun.” I once had a motto I used […]
As we cruised Macquarie Harbour and up the Gordon River to see the ancient forests, we also ran across these Aussie fisherman, or should I say farmers, tending their salmon fisheries. I suppose farmed fish are the future, but damn, I prefer the wild stuff.
Driving from east to west in Tasmania, you’re constantly treated to vistas such as this one of the Western Range . We were anxious to get to the coast, but nevertheless stopped occasionally just to have a long look.
We came upon this grave yard on the road to the Port Arthur convict site just as a funeral was ending. It was lunch time and so we went to eat at a nearby diner. We came back to the cemetery to look at some of the graves of early Port Arthur colonists, but were […]
A parish church on the main street of Hobart, Tasmania.
It’s easy to change your look when you shop at the Chinatown wig booth in Sydney.