The Apple Isle - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

 
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Contributor:
Amanda

Nationality:
Australian

Social Links:
Instagram: @missamr
Twitter: @missamr

Age Group:
30-40 years

Gender:
Female

Travel Style:
Planned & organised

 

Destination: Hobart, Tasmania - Australia. Early February for 5 days

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Inspiration:

This was only one of two Australian States I was yet to cover. I was here for a sporting event but spent sometime checking out what Hobart had to offer. Everyone was telling me how pretty and scenic Tasmania is so I had to see it for myself.

Getting There:

Flew to Hobart and then hired a car to travel around Hobart.

Local Knowledge:

Take the Top Decker tour and the driver will go through all of historical past of Tasmania.

Where To Stay:

We stayed in West Hobart at Fountainside Apartments and I would give it 10/10. Great location, easily fit 10 people in our apartment and was in walking distance to central Hobart, Constitution Dock and the Salamanca Markets

What To Do:

While I was there we drove to Mt Nelson, out to what was the Cadbury Factory (which you can no longer tour), walked to the Salamanca Markets. The highlight would have been the Salamanca Markets. If there is a Cruise ship docked, go to the Cenotaph to get a great view of the dock and the boat. We also bought a ticket for the Top Decker Bus that did a loop around the Hobart District and it took me to all of the main areas of Hobart and was a great way to see what Hobart had to offer. Take the Top Decker Bus out to Cascade Brewery and have lunch and a beverage as the gardens are beautiful.

Eating:

Tasmania is renowned for their seafood and it is every where in Hobart. From Oyster Bars to Seafood Punts along Constitution Dock. Hobart has a very strong food scene however, most places are packed out on weekends or any time a cruise ship (or two) is docked. It is more expensive than the main land for seafood but all other food prices are comparable to the main land. From asking a local we found this amazing burger place called The Standard and it was one of the best meals I had while in Hobart.

Must Do:

If you are only in Hobart for the Weekend, you must go to the Salamanca Markets as it has a great taste of Hobart and Tasmania all in a 1km area. From fresh truffles to Fresh Oysters. Give your self time to walk through the markets but go early as it becomes very busy.

Must See:

My must see part of my time spent in Hobart was the Cascade Brewery.

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Number 1 Travel Tip:

If you travel here, take layers as it can go from 30 degrees to 16 degrees over night. I would also take notice of any traffic signs as they are very different to main land.

5 Word Travel:

Amazing Scenery with friendly locals.

Excess Baggage:

Hire a car if you can and spend more than 4 days in Hobart/Tasmania. We didn't get to see any more than the central part of Hobart and wish I had more time there. It is only 2 hours from the top to the bottom of island but it takes you days to explore everything Tasmania has to offer.

Perth, Australia - Always Sunny

 
 
 

Contributor:
Jane

Nationality:
Malaysian

Social Links:
Instagram: @jojadan

Age Group:
30-40 years

Gender:
Female

Travel Style:
Family

 

Destination: Perth, Australia. December 2016 (9 days).

Inspiration:

I have never visited Australia before and Perth happens to be the nearest city to Malaysia. I usually travel end of the year and I love summer so Australia was the perfect choice!

Getting There:

Flew via Air Asia X

Local Knowledge:

Constant sunshine throughout summer so no worries of getting caught in any rainfall and no worries that your adventures would be hindered by rain!

Where To Stay:

Comfort Hotel. Highly recommended as it is within walking distance to CAT bus stops, rental car companies, eateries and mini supermarkets

What To Do:

As I only had 9 days, I squeezed in as many places of interests as possible. The amazing places of interests I managed to go, see and do were King's Park & Botanic Garden, Crawley Edge Boatshed, Caversham Wildlife Park, Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Hills, Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach, Swan Valley, Hillarys Boat Harbour abd Sorrento Quay

Highlight of my holiday in Perth was Boxing Day shopping. It was truly a first for me! Haha! So much fun to see so many people (locals and tourists) in long queues who literally shop like there's no tomorrow! Haha!

Eating:

A variety of western, fusion and Chinese food. The best food experience was at Kailis Fish Market Cafe at Fremantle. Definitely must try the seafood platter! So fresh and yummylicious!

Must Do:

Definitely has to be a visit to King's Park & Botanic Garden! Humongous park to walk and enjoy nature at its best! Plus there are a few look-out points to see the gorgeous city of Perth from a different perspective! And if you are an avid photographer, you will take photos non-stop! Haha! This place is truly a gem! The best part is that there is no entrance fee! Its FREE of charge and opens throughout day and night!

Must See:

I would recommend The Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay together as both are situated on the same premise. The architecture of The Bell Tower is awesome and futuristic looking while Elizabeth Quay is a stunningly beautiful esplanade! Both are breathtaking!

Number 1 Travel Tip:

If you do rent a car to go around places of interests, do take note that parking fee can be quite expensive for certain places. Its also very important to stick to speed limit! You wouldn't want to get a traffic summon during your holiday!

5 Word Travel:

Vibrant! Fun! Refreshing! Enjoyable! Satisfying!

Excess Baggage:

Just go and have a blast! :D