Freycinet Peninsular – Tasmania Favourites

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As well as Wineglass Bay, there are other gems in Freycinet. Beautiful coves and beaches such as Honeymoon Bay.IMG_6370IMG_6362

Bush walks amongst pink granite bolders.IMG_6436

Stunning views.DSC01832

The Lighthouse at Cape Tourville.DSC01843

After such a rugged coastline, you can understand why the early explorers named this area, Friendly Beaches.DSC01966IMG_6320DSC01799DSC01805DSC01810

There are interesting signs now, that we wouldn’t have dreamt about a few years ago.DSC01824

Wineglass Bay – Tasmania Favourites

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Wineglass Bay is a beautiful, secluded bay on Tasmania’s East Coast, within Freycinet National Park.

There is a walking track up to this lookout point, which meanders down to the bay itself.IMG_6414

Last week we joined a Wineglass Bay Cruise to explore the coast and enjoy a ploughman’s lunch while anchored within the bay. The winter weather was glorious and we were fortunate to see local wildlife.

Dolphins played alongside the boat.DSC01921DSC01920DSC01917

Seals relaxed on the rocks.DSC01880

Southern right whales showed themselves as they migrate north.DSC02016DSC02017

The bay itself was glorious, blue sky, white sand, turquoise waters, golden rocks, green trees.

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A perfect day in a perfect place.

June has flown by

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I haven’t written much, or taken many photos. We’ve been too busy, out and about with visitors, experiencing the winter festival that is “Dark Mofo”, exploring out city as Hobart “paints the town red”. We’ve had sunny days, foggy days.DSC01673-2IMG_5526 (1)IMG_5957DSC01549

I’m reliving the month now, as I check our bank account, remembering concerts, meals out, ferry trip, cafes, wearing my new pj’s.IMG_5940

Out driftwood tree had a Dark Mofo theme this month.IMG_E5629

Walk inside the Art – Dark Mofo

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It’s the last weekend of Hobart’s annual winter festival. There are various art installations across the city for “Dark Mofo”.

Here are just a few of them. Free, large scale, installations, open to everyone. Art that engages you, surrounds you, absorbs you, promotes discussion.

“Leviathan” by Matthew Schreiber
A massive geometrical sculpture wrought from lasers and light.IMG_5735IMG_5726IMG_5734IMG_5743

“Winter Fires”
Footpaths amongst the low level flames.IMG_5699IMG_5706IMG_5708IMG_5707

“Spectra” by Ryoji Ikeda
49 searchlights that reach up to 15 kms into the night sky. A beautiful, spiritual experience, especially in the rain.IMG_6019IMG_E6030IMG_6021IMG_6090IMG_6010

This is the view from our place, 15 kms from Spectra’s location.DSC01660

Paint the Town Red – Part 1

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As Hobart prepares to welcome it’s annual DARK MOFO festival, the city is glowing a warm red colour. Multiple buildings and structures are lit by red lights. These were the first to “paint the town red”.

This is the Tasman Bridge which crosses the River Derwent, linking the city to the Eastern Suburbs, airport and East Coast scenic route and Tasman Peninsular.DSC01548DSC01543

This is Wrest Point Hotel and Casino.DSC01558

Willow Court

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This is Willow Court. A three-sided building with verandah, surrounding a central quadrangle. It dates back to 1830.IMG_5429IMG_1973IMG_2003IMG_5424IMG_1993

Originally, it was a barracks for sick and infirm convicts. Other buildings were added to the site, 23 in total between 1830 and 1968.IMG_2542IMG_2048IMG_2007IMG_2095IMG_2005

Over the years, the name of the institution housed here changed … invalid depot … lunatic asylum … hospital for the insane … mental diseases hospital. These names reflected changes in the community and government attitude towards intellectual disability and mental illness.

In 2000 Willow Court closed its doors as patients were de-institutionalised and cared for within the community. Tasmania was the first state in Australia to adopt the “social model of care”.

Communities were left with large empty buildings and equally large maintenance bills, often too much for small municipal councils or state governments to bear through their rate payer/tax payer base. Theft, arson and vandalism all added to already growing problems of natural decay.

Today, some buildings have been renovated and re-purposed. A popular restaurant, a motel, antique shops, sets for film and tv filming, for art installations. There is talk of a museum. The Antique Shop is a fitting companion, linking items from the past to these historical buildings,

Other buildings continue to decay whilst new owners are sought.IMG_2100

Willow Court is of national significance as an asylum that was in continuous use for 170 years and as the first to close. It is still used in the education of students in disability, aged care and mental health.