After sailing for three days, up the east coast of New Zealand’s south island to Cook’s Strait, we sailed the Tasman Sea to Tasmania. It was an overcast and windy sail.
There were large cliffs on the islands that are part of Tasmania, as we sailed to Hobart. Here is the lighthouse on one of those cliffs.
We arrived about 11 in Hobart. Hobart is the international Gateway to Antarctica. There were sailing vessels and fishing vessels in port. Here is the Westward Bound, that sails a 7 day cruise to the western side of Tasmania.
This is the traps that they use to catch the crawfish. This crawfish is more like what we call lobster. There are no large claws but they have a large body and tail.
There were statues on the port for the explorers to Antarctica.
I found a statue to Tasman who planted the Dutch flag in 1642 I walked around the shops and then up the hill via Kelly’s Steps to Battery Point. There were a number of older homes with the small gardens in the front.
My tour did not start until 6:30 pm and went to a Wild Life Rescue center – Bonorong. Here a young man started a place for injured or orphaned animals. It was a night tour, as a number of the animals are nocturnal. Unfortunately, without a tripod and flash, I was limited in the photos I could take. I was able to see and touch a wombat, kangaroo, and a few other animals.
There is a tour that goes here during the day, but you will not be able to see a number of the animals since they are asleep in their dens or burrows. I was so glad I selected the evening tour. It was wonderful to see a young man so invested in saving the wildlife of Australia. Here is the owner of Bonorong showing us a couple of his animals.
We now have a day of sailing to get to Melbourne.