A Very Tassie New Year

After our big Christmas adventures we sent our guests off to Tasmania while we finished off the work week.  We meet them in Hobart and made an important first stop at Lark Distillery where those who think whiskey doesn't taste like ass partook in a tasting.  Then we strolled through the Salamunca Market, stopping for a lunch of Wallaby Burritos.  That put a skip in our step as we headed down to Kingston where we stayed for the night.

We set off on New Years Eve morning for Cradle Mountain, taking the longer route via Lake St Clair.  There's not a lot between Hobart and Cradle Mountain except for rolling pastures and curvy roads.  The last time we had been to this lake it was raining so hard we couldn't see past the parking lot.  This time it was only raining lightly so we got to see what the area actually looked like.  

After a couple more hours in the car, we finally made it to Cradle Mountain and enjoyed a nice New Years Eve dinner at the lodge.  We followed the meal with …

Our Aussie Christmas

We had a very Aussie Christmas this year - with six Americans staying with us for the holidays we wanted to show them what makes Melbourne so special to us.  Some of them had just completed the Milford Trek in New Zealand, some came via a stop in Hawaii, and another hailed from Singapore.  One was my brother, three I grew up knowing, and some of them had just met.  It was a very random mix of people up for an adventure in Oz.
On Christmas Eve Day we took them all to Phillip Island, starting off with the bazaar Koo Wee Rup Swamp Observation Tower and trying hot jam donuts.  Next up was watching the pelican feeding in San Remo and enjoying some fish and chips for lunch.  We drove over the bridge to Phillip Island and the first stop there was Forrest Caves.  It's kind of a strange name, but basically it's a beautiful red rock formation on the beach.  It's one of the lesser known spots on the island so there isn't usually anyone there and the scenery makes it one of my favo…