The southern Island

Parts of my stay in WA are a sabbatical and parts of that is a cooperation with the Antarctic  Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart Tasmania.

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In a past life, I was traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic as a PhD student and later consultant working with geophysical methods to measure snow and sea ice thickness. Staying a week in Hobart was a great experience meeting old friends and colleagues again and looking at long forgotten Georadar and remote sensing data. I also had the chance to talk about my work in general in a lecture organised by the Australian Geomechanics Society, also that very inspiring. But enough about work…

Jewel on the Derwent

Hobart is just such a beautiful city! I think this is my fourth or fifth time there and I always enjoy coming back. The old houses around Battery Point, the Salamanca market, Mount Wellington right behind the city and the amazing “greenness” surrounding the place and last not least the fresh, slightly chilly breeze, more or less straight from Antarctica.

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Hobart from Mount Wellington
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Salamanca Market – Crafts, art, food, street performance every Saturday

The Highlands

No, we just had one weekend to explore Tassie, we did not walk the Overland Track. But to sniff a bit of mountain air, we did the 90 min drive to Mount Field National Park to get a glimpse of the beautiful Tasmanian bush. They call it Alpine but as an Austrian I can´t understand that terminology 😉 Nevertheless very impressive to walk amongst those giant trees and crystal clear lakes..

Into the trees

As a contrast program to the actual “bush” at Mount Field, we ventured west to dive in to a managed forrest and a nice attraction that brings you straight into the tree tops; The Tahune Airwalk. About 2 hours from Hobart, close to the Hartz Mountains (yes named after the Hartz in Germany) on the western “coast” of the Huon River. It works well with kids and gets them a close encounter with the tops of these giant trees. Very recommended is also the little round along the Huon River and over two swinging bridges, which are great fun to cross!

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Thank you!

This trip was not our usual “go out and explore” kind of trip. Mainly it was a trip that I did for work and that enabled us all to catch up with friends from so many years ago. Thank you sabbatical for bringing me back to long forgotten science!

Jan, it was fantastic to see you and yours again even though it was all to short. You have some months left to fly the family to Perth 🙂

John, it was SO good to see you again and even better to see you in good spirits. It was a quite emotional experience to be at your paradise home and to feel Vic´s spirit in our hearts even for L who has only met her when she was 3 years old. Joe and Charlie, how lovely to meet you and how awesome of you what you do and did for your family! You are always welcome in our home.

Love, A+K+L+J+J

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