After Strahan, we went a small beach town called Bicheno for Christmas. When we got there we were really surprised to find that we were in an actual house, which was a lot different than the "beach shack" we were expecting. We were really excited to be in a house for Christmas and not a hotel room. Anyway, on Christmas Eve things started to feel a little more like Christmas when we went to see penguins come in from their day of fishing. It was actually quite cold even though it is the middle of summer there (now if that's not Christmas, nothing is!). On Christmas Day we did what the Aussies do--go to the beach!
After Bicheno, we went to Port Arthur, which was another convict prison that came around during the times of Sarah Island, but unlike Sarah Island which had only about 100 prisoners, Port Arthur held up to 1,600 prisoners. The thing that was really surprising to us is that they took kids as young as nine years old! Since there were so many young prisoners, they started a special prison for juveniles and that boosted up the population to nearly 2,500. After spending the afternoon at Port Arthur we went back one more time, but this time at night for the ghost tour of the grounds. We learned about the sad past of Port Arthur and how some of those sad souls still haunt the grounds. This would be a really scary place to come on Halloween!
After Port Arthur, we went to the city of Hobart, where something special was going on. They were having the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, which is a really famous sailing race here. We actually met the skipper and owner of the winning boat, "Wild Oats," and we got to go on the boat too! Yacht races weren't the only thing going on in Hobart when we were there--they were also having the "Taste of Hobart Festival," which was a food festival with tons of great stuff to eat. The festival also had street performers (buskers), like a comedian who went around teasing people, which was probably not very funny for the person being picked on, but hilarious for the audience. We had a really fun time visiting Hobart.
I will leave you with a cool picture of me feeding a kangaroo!
Anyway, that's all for now.