Mad about Hobart ~ Day 2…

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Interesting architecture in Hobart…

Day two of our wonderful trip to Tasmania started with a lovely toasted sourdough at the Retro Cafe at Salamanca Wharf. This cute cafe was filled lots of interesting knick knacks and had fantastic coffee.

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The fast ferry bound for Mona…

Today we visited Mona (Museum of Old and New Art). The best way to travel to Mona is by the Mona Fast Ferry. It is only $20 return and takes 25 minutes. You get some great views along the way of the Hobart Zinc factory, Government House and the Cadbury Chocolate factory.

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View of Mona from the ferry…

Mona is an amazing experience…one that will challenge you, shock you and amaze you all at the same time.

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The inside of Mona…

Mona is an amazing feat in itself. Only the top floor of four levels is above ground. The other three levels have been drilled out of sandstone rock. The sandstone combined with the metal stairs and railings gives a dramatic effect.
The museum is free to all Tasmanians and for the rest of us it is only a $20 entry fee. Upon entering they issue you with an iPod on a lanyan to go around your neck. You can listen through speakers to artist interviews and information. They do this so they don’t have to label the art works with long tedious explanations. I really liked the interactive element in experiencing the art there.
Some areas of the gallery have a content warning and are not suitable for children. There is a museum shop and three cafes and bars.

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My delicious lunch…

We had our lunch at the rooftop cafe – sitting on bean bags on the lawn overlooking the Derwent River…heavenly.
Here are a few shots of some of the art at Mona:

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Mona is so worth the visit. Although some works may shock and surprise you it is a Tasmanian must-do. Rahul and I still haven’t stopped talking about it.

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Looking out from Mona…

10 thoughts on “Mad about Hobart ~ Day 2…

  1. I remember seeing a doco on the guy who founded the gallery. He was a gambler, that struck gold, then lost, then gambled some more and managed to make enough to fund the build of the gallery. Amazing huh… It looks incredible… and the experience of getting there looks magical. Wow, what a great trip you’re having.

    • Yes David is an amazing and generous man…I chatted to some friends of his yesterday and what he is doing for the Tasmanian community is very much appreciated. The music festival MOFO, in mid January, is apparently amazing…we will try and get to it next year šŸ™‚

  2. I absolutely LOVE Tasmania. We went there on our honeymoon. Such an interesting place and wonderful friendly, helpful people. Enjoy every minute of your break away.

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