Australia day was upon us! Australia day is treated as Australia’s National day and represents the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales. Of course, a day of significance for the European Australians of Australia, but for many others (the Indigenous people of Australia) it is a bit of an insult. As an outsider I definitely agree with the people who demand it moved to a day that represents a day for ALL of Australia’s people! The day is celebrated in big cities like Sydney and Melbourne, but as we discovered it is not at all a big deal in little places like Tunnock! Farming duties definitely override the need to celebrate this day! No big Aussie celebrations for us then! We did however have a lovely morning trying our luck trying to spot a platypus at a nearby lake reserve and exploring a beautiful town called Richmond! The town was quaint and quiet, with bushes of lavender dotted around old styled houses, churches and cottages. We walked around a tiny art gallery, did some jam tasting, and ate ice cream, before buying in supplies for our Australia day “barbie” that evening. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great, so we made it inside and watched the Australia Day concert live from Sydney!
The next day it was suddenly time to say goodbye to my two lovely friends who were off to Melbourne! We packed our bags, wrote a thank you letter to our super host, took selfies with the car and then set off to drop me off at Hobart where I would stay a couple more days. We said our goodbyes and I waves them off as they set off towards the Airport to drop off the hire car and to catch their flight. I checked into my new home for the next couple of days, a hostel called “The pickled frog”, went out and bought myself some food and wondered around Hobart for a bit, before settling in for the evening on one of the couches and watching the Australian open tennis (Ferrer vs. Murray) and talking to new people. In the evening I met up with non other than Shawnee and Max who happened to be in the same hostel! We knew we would meet in Hobart, but we didn’t actually realize we were staying in the same place! We went out for an Indian and caught up on everyone’s travels since we last saw each other! After dinner I returned to the living room for more tele watching and socializing before bed.