Saturday, December 17, 2011

2 Summers and a year later…

It only took 2 summers and a year of living in Australia for Adam and I to finally do something that we have been saying we were going to do… SURF!!

It was a beautiful day in Bondi and a great day to learn to surf so we signed up for lessons through Lets Go Surfing in Bondi.

The waves were a bit rough but we had a great time. The instructor was really cool and we were even able to stand up! Round 2 the following week was also a success and we are ready to book in round 3!


  1. Nice job! Can't wait to see you soon!

  2. Hey Adam and Sharon,
    I just got back from NZ and saw your question about Tassie. You'll love it! When we went, we flew into Launceston and out of Hobart and had 5 days. I wrote up my recommendations for someone else, so am just going to paste that below for you. (BTW- I loved the classes I took at Let's Go Surfing, too!).

    -We didn't have much time in Launceston, but we did do a handful of wineries in the West Tamar region. Our favourite was this little cellar door called Moores Hill. The winemaker was pouring, he was delightful, and made beautiful wines. All of them are picturesque, though. And there are plenty we didn't get to.

    -The next day we went on to Cradle Mountain. If you're planning on doing 3 National Parks on the trip, get the National Park pass to save a bit of money. In the park, we did the Dove Lake circuit, which is about a 2 - 3 hour moderately easy hike (they said it was 2 hours, but we definitely took 3 - kept stopping for pictures). It's gorgeous. If you can, try to be in the park around 5p.m. That was when all the wombats came out to feed and we saw a bunch of them. They are non-plussed by people and let us get close.

    -We drove on to Freycinet National Park the next day. If you're a keen hiker, it's worth the trip for the hike to Wineglass Bay. If not, you can probably skip it. It was about 3 hours pretty steep hiking. The beach at the end is beautiful, and there are a lot of other great spots in the park.

    -Then we were in Hobart for the rest of the trip. If you can make it there on a Saturday, the Salamanca Markets were good fun (Salamanca Place has some great galleries that you can see anytime, also). We had fish and chips a couple of times on the Wharf. Mures was good. We fell in love with the Tasmanian scallops.

    -I did the Cascade Brewery tour, which was good fun (you have to book in advance). Even if you don't do the tour, they have beautiful gardens which are so lovely for sitting in and enjoying a drink or some lunch.

    -We also drove out to Mt Falls National Park - a pretty easy drive from Hobart. Amazing waterfalls there, and short walks to the main attractions. Well worth seeing.

    -The must-do of Hobart is MONA - Museum of Old and New Art. It is an incredible museum. We went on a weekday and it wasn't too crowded, which was nice. Apparently it gets busy on the weekdays.