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Hobart

Well it was coming to an end, but I had one last Australian city to spend a day in, Hobart, the capital of Tasmania.   I was extremely sad that my trip was ending but at the same time it had awakened in me the desire to continue travelling and move from mainstream journalism into travel journalism.

While on the five hour flight I decided a few things.  Firstly, I really needed a new travel wallet.   My old one was around ten years old and needed replacing. I’d recently seen a stylish leather passport wallet and decided it was the right time to buy.  Secondly, all the good food, desserts, wine and beer had taken their toll on my body.  I needed to do something and soon!

While walking through the airport after landing at Hobart, I noticed a sport shop that sold a huge range of fitness bands.  I had seen them before, and they are a great, low impact exercise.  They would be perfect to fit in my travel case, so I bought a set which will travel with me on all my future trips.

My 24 hours in Hobart went a little like this…

10pm

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I caught a cab to my Hotel which was fairly near the airport.   After unpacking I walked around the Hotel for a time and returned to my room.  I had planned a big day for my final day in Australia, so I went to bed fairly early.

6am

I had arranged for breakfast to be brought by room service.  I was awake and ready by the time they knocked on the door.   I headed to the Hobart Waterfront and Sullivan’s Cove.  The first order of the day was a little cruise!

8am

 

I hopped aboard a luxury catamaran and cruised the waters around Hobart, taking in the fantastic views, wildlife and beauty of the area.  It was a time to relax and enjoy this incredible part of the world, enjoy the company of fellow travelers and soak up some sun.  The four hour cruise was over in the blink of an eye unfortunately.

12pm

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I hired a car and drove out to Mount Wellington, around 20km from Hobart.  The mountain is around 1200 meters above sea level so it gives amazing views of the surrounding country, with Hobart in the distance.

3pm

My final destination on the last day of my Australian trip was the Royal Botanical Gardens.  I spent a good few hours walking around, taking in the beauty of the gardens and thinking back over my trip.  Would I do it again?  For sure!  In fact, I have already thought of a few places I would want to undertake the same type of trip to.

6pm

I returned to the hotel to pack for the final time.  A long flight back to the States lay ahead.  Leaving a country that you have travelled through is never easy, but they make imprints on your soul you will never forget!

Thanks Australia, you left many imprints on my soul!  I will be

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Sydney

Sydney, Australia!   What a town!  A dream for any traveler, I really have had such a blast here.

Sydney was my first stop on my Australian tour, where I would spend 24 hours in a city and document the things I got up to as a form of a travel guide.

It was a long flight from the States, so by the time I got to the Hotel, I just wanted to relax and unwind before I started my sightseeing.

I quickly unpacked and came down to the bar for a quick beer before resting up for my big day the next day.

First impressions of Sydney, well the hotel bar certainly drew me in.  It has these beautiful chrome bar stools, with padded cushions, they were really comfortable.  I chatted with the bartender and he suggested I play some music.  They have a record player and about 100 records.  They encourage patrons to choose music that they would want to listen to.  It didn’t take me long and soon I had some Springsteen blaring across the room! This guy was super interesting and I asked where he’d come up with the idea. He told me that in his day job he was starting a few businesses. The first is the supremely cool Rockit Record Players which sells turntables online to a growing audience who are loving bringing the record player back into style. His other store is the very funky Boho Bar Stools which just focuses on bar stools and nothing else. He’s hoping to leave his job in bartending soon when the stores start making more money.

I really had trouble leaving the bar, it was such a great vibe that just drew you in, but I had to rest before my big day in Sydney.

My 24 hours in Sydney went a little like this…

6am

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I headed out to find some early morning breakfast.  I found a local “greasy spoon” as we say in the States.  They serve the biggest breakfasts I have ever seen. I opted for the “Monster” – 3 eggs, 5 rashers of bacon, 2 sausages, a small steak, fried tomato, mushrooms and bottomless coffee.  My stomach was certainly lined for the rest of the day!  I had to make sure I was prepared.  Sydney was going to be the real party city on my Australian tour.

8am

I headed out for some sightseeing.  There is so much to see and do in Sydney.  I have limited time so I can’t take it all in but I managed to get to Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House before noon.   Bondi was amazing, lots of beautiful people sun tanning, surfing and having a good time.  Although opera is not my thing, I was totally blown away by the Opera House.  It is so beautiful, a incredible piece of architecture.

12pm

I grabbed some small salad for lunch at a cafe in Darling Street and could not help getting something sweet from Adrian Zumbo’s Patisserie.

1pm

cafe-sydney-captures[1]I was told by the owner of the cafe that I need to take a ferry trip across the harbor.  What a great experience that was.  Although the wind had come up a bit and we all got a little wet, the trip offers amazing view of the Sydney skyline and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  I did a few more tourist things in the harbor afterwards; it really is a great place.

5pm

I was back in the hotel for a little nap and to clean up for the big evening ahead!  I also made a quick stop at my favorite hotel bar to play a few more records!

9pm

During the course of the day I had booked supper at Kingley’s Australian Steakhouse on King’s street.  This street is filled with amazing restaurants, cafes and street food vendors.   I had such an incredible meal; the steak was done to perfection, rare, just how I like it!

11pm till 6am

WHAT A NIGHT! I started out in King’s Cross, a real hub of vibrant Sydney nightlife.  I thought I would try out some live music first and came across a little pub with a great solo performer.  While at the pub, I ended up chatting to a group of backpackers.  They were from all over, South Africa, Germany, England and Argentina.  What a great bunch.  We ended up going to a couple of trendy bars and a few clubs.  I took it easy, I still have the whole trip ahead of me, but I made some good friends.

Next up Melbourne

This afternoon I fly off to Melbourne where I will be looking into the coffee culture and the cuisine it has to offer.

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Brisbane

Brisbane, as the mid-point of my Australian tour was all about recharging and relaxing.  Living in and out of suitcases really takes it out of you!

I left from the airport straight to my hotel where I met up with Brett, one of the backpackers that I had met in Melbourne and who I knew would be in Brisbane at the same time as me.

Brett had arrived in Brisbane half a day before me, so he had done some pre-planning for my 24 hour stay.

My 24 hours in Brisbane went a little like this…

11am

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Brett and I left the hotel to grab some coffee and a bite to eat at Scout Cafe.  I had a delicious iced latte which helped cool off in the Brisbane heat.

12pm

As a South African, Brett loves to barbeque.  He assures me it is something he does back home 3 to 4 times a week.  He suggested that we go off to Picnic Island Green in Southbank Parklands where he barbequed us some incredible tasting peri-peri chicken.   He had organized everything – the food, salads, plates, cutlery and these amazing picnic blankets that he brought with him from the backpackers lodge where he is staying.  They are so big and comfortable with an extra foam layer, perfect for sitting on the hard ground.

4pm

After a lazy afternoon of barbequing and relaxing I left Brett and headed off to the hotel to cleanup for the evening.  I wasn’t sure what was planned,  Brett just gave me the directions to his backpacker lodge.

6pm

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I arrived at the backpackers lodge to be greeted by Brett and a couple of his friends.  We spent the evening shooting pool, having a few beers and just chatting about our travel experiences.

11pm

By now we were all a little hungry so a group of us set out to hunt down some late night food.  We discovered a gem in the Pancake Manor, a 24/7 eatery that served amazing pancakes with every filling you could think of, great coffee and unbelievable desserts.

4am

Well the fun never ends with backpackers it seems!  I ended up leaving much later than I would have liked, but I just didn’t realize how late it was.  I only managed to get a couple of hours sleep in before I received my hotel wake up call.

8am

I had a quick cup of coffee at the hotel and then caught a cab to the Airport.

I really enjoyed Brisbane, I managed to relax a little but not nearly as much as I would have liked.  I met some really great people, however!  Perth, Western Australia is up next in my whirlwind tour!

 

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Perth

I had read a lot about Perth while researching my trip.  It is a very cosmopolitan city with many different cultures merging together.  In fact, around half the people that live in Perth, were not born in Australia.   Brett, my South African backpacking friend, says a lot of ex South Africans live in the city.

The flight took around five hours so I had some time to catch up on much needed sleep.  I also had a chance to reflect on my tour so far.   I love travel and I think travel journalism is definitely something I want to continue with.

My 24 hours in Perth went a little like this…

4pm

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The flight landed in Perth and I quickly grabbed by gear and headed straight to the hotel to unpack.  The hotel was very modern.  My room was clean and neat with beautiful decor including some very funky but modern floor lamps which were strategically placed throughout the room, allowing for multiple lighting effects.  I love it when hotels pay attention to detail like this, they don’t just see you as a number, but as an individual with individual tastes.

6pm

I headed down to the restaurant next to the hotel for a relaxing supper.  I had really tasty paella and a delicious cheese cake for dessert.   The restaurant itself was very quaint and cozy.  It had a beautiful antique wall clock as the centre piece above the 3 seater bar.  The wall clock was old and just fitted into the place so well.  Whoever did the interior design knew what they were doing.  It was a majestic piece.

9pm

I headed back to the hotel to turn in for the night.  I wanted to catch up on some of the sleep I had missed out on and I had planned a very active day the next day.

5am

I decided to get up really early and take a long walk along City Beach.  What a stunning morning I had chosen.  There wasn’t a breath of wind.  A lot of people were out and about, cycling, surfing, skate boarding and walking.

7.30am

I stopped at the local cafe for a cup of coffee and a nice breakfast.  There are numerous cafes dotted throughout Perth with plenty of incredible meal options.

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8.30am

Good thing I had managed to get to bed early as I had planned a few activities for the day.  I hired a mountain bike and rode up to King Park, which has numerous lookout points over the city and the Swan River.

11.30am

I really wanted to spend some time in the Australian sun so I headed off to North beach, a great secluded little beach just outside the city.  Australians are very knowledgeable when it comes to sun protection, so I made sure I got some advice from the local pharmacy as well as purchasing some sun products.  I also acquired a small beach umbrella for further protection if the sun was too harsh.

The beach was fantastic, although it was fairly hot. I cooled off in the sea whenever I needed.

2pm

I went back to the hotel to pack and catch a cab for the 5 hours flight to my final destination in Australia.

My journey was coming to an end.  Only Hobart was left!   What an amazing journey it had been so far, one that I would remember forever!

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