Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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We ordered a lovely breakfast to be delivered to our room this morning. All four of us signed up for the â€śBonorong Wildlife Centre and Historic Richmondâ€ť excursion, so we were off on a bus by about 8:30 a.m.
It was interesting to see Richmond, which is the second oldest city in Australia (Sydney being the first). Richmond was largely used as a penal colony, and so we made sure to look through the prison there. Life for these prisoners was pretty dismal. The buildings here and many around Richmond were of a lovely old Georgian-style design. They have a renovated row of shops in many of these quaint buildings and the girls enjoyed shopping them briefly. We also saw the oldest Catholic church in Australia here. The guide told us that a child was buried in that cemetery whose father was a prisoner who escaped â€¦ he made his way to the states and later became the governor of Montana! (interesting!) â€¦ think his name was Meagher, or something like that.
We then headed to Bonorong and got to see many many more kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and Tasmanian devils â€¦ they even had pellets we could hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies. We also added to our list of Australian animals the kookaburra, wombats, quolls, cockatoos, echidnas, and emus. Got TONS of photos!
We were returned to the docks by 1 pm â€¦ Lori and Liz had spa appointments at 2 pm on the ship, but Liz wanted to join the other girls for more shopping in town. Lori spent the rest of the afternoon on the ship working on the blog J and relaxing. The girlsâ€™ shopping was - as always - a successful venture.
Tonight we begin heading across the big expanse of ocean towards New Zealand â€¦ we donâ€™t arrive at another port until Dunedin â€¦ three days from now! The other big question will be how good our internet or phone access will be in the midst of that three day open ocean trip, so please be patient with us in case we are incommunicado for some time.