Eight days in Hobart - a town of all seasons
Our first day in Hobart was characterised by a warm, sunny day (with a small shower) and absolutely fierce winds. Wild Oats X1 was the first boat in from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and line honours winner for the seventh time.
We went down to Constitution Dock to see the boats on Sunday morning. Wild Oats X1 was tied up with the crew stowing gear and the Captain, Mark Richards on his iPhone. We walked around the marina to see the other boats. The other 100 footers, Loyal Perpetual and Ragamuffin were receiving similar treatment and interest from a large crowd. Syd Fischer, the 86 year old skipper of Ragamuffin was on deck early and looking at the other yachts before returning to his own boat.
We had lunch at Daci & Daci Bakery and then decided we should go to the Taste of Tasmania site. We knew we shouldn't have had lunch earlier when we walked into The Shed as there were stalls with a huge variety of foods, beers, wines and ciders. It was very hard to know where to start. We decided then that we should return the next day.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Walsh has described the museum as a "subversive adult Disneyland."
MONA was officially opened on 21 January 2011. Along with its frequently updated indoor collection, MONA also hosts the annual MOFO and Dark Mofo festivals which showcase large-scale public art and live performances.
The single-story MONA building appears at street level to be dominated by its surroundings, but its interior possesses a spiral staircase that leads down to three larger levels of labryrinthine display spaces built into the side of the cliffs around Berriedale peninsula. The building is largely underground. Most visitors approach by ferry up the River Derwent. There are no windows and the atmosphere is intentionally ominous. On entering the museum, visitors descend a "seemingly endless flight of stairs", an experience one critic compared with "going down into Petra".
Fortunately there is a lift operating for those who don't want to use the stairs.
Here are some of the art works we enjoyed or were intrigued by.
Modern art is meant to stimulate discussion and thought, to provoke and sometimes outrage us. Here are two pieces that do exactly that.
On Friday we went for a drive to South Arm and Opossum Beach for a drive as this was one small part of the peninsulas around Hobart that we hadn't seen. It was also in the general direction of Barilla Bay Oysters. Opossum bay is a town on the South Arm peninsula south of Hobart. The eastern side of the peninsula is Storm Bay.
On Saturday we headed off to Campania , just a short drive away for a night of free camping. On the way we stopped off for freshly picked roadside cherries and a call into the historic town of Richmond for coffee. We enjoyed our stay in Hobart but were glad to leave some of the windy days behind us and move on up the east coast to the Freycinet Peninsula and our next stop at Friendly Beaches. Our plan was to be back in Launceston on 10 January for my brother Paul's birthday.