After collecting our campervan and shopping for groceries, we headed out of Hobart. First stop: Port Arthur. On the way we went through Doo Town, which Gaby loved. You get a little disturbed in the head, apparently, when your are working on your pHd for years and it involves a LOT of hippo poo. As a matter of fact, if she texts the word ‘hippo’, her phone automatically adds ‘poo’ now.
As most people know, Australia was colonized by mostly British convicts. The convict settlements are are very beautiful locations it seems, but with a terrible history of sordid conditions and brutal punishments.
In some places like Freemantle, the building are still in great condition. In the case of Port Arthur, most are in ruins. The warden’s office was turned into a hotel for a while, and it is well preserved, but is the exception.
Tonight is New Year’s Eve! We go to the beach for sundowners, and then back to the campground. I can’t manage to stay up past 10, but then am awakened by the celebration at midnight… long enough to say ‘Happy New Year’ and go back to sleep!
The next morning, we went on a boat cruise around the south end of Tasmania and Tasman Island. There is a walking track of the area, Three Arches, but it takes about 3 days. We saw heaps of Australian fur seals and New Zealand fur seals. I don’t know which kind of seals are which…