Goh Yong Shen
University of Tasmania, Australia
Hello from Hobart! I have been given the opportunity to visit Mount Wellington through UTAS Life, which is a student organization aimed to organize off-campus activities and provide volunteer opportunities, particularly for new international students. Standing tall at 1,271 metres, we took around 45 minutes of bumpy ride to reach the top on a lovely Sunday. Though the temperature up there is only 8 degrees, I was amazed by the whole view of Hobart that I will call home for the next four months. The pinnacle area fascinates me as well especially with the presence of fog. Did you know that the Australian Aboriginal community is this mount’s custodian?
Eager to have close interaction with animals? Then I reckon you to pay a visit to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. I went there in conjunction with the student organization of UTAS Life, aimed to show us the wonders in Tasmania. One-hour away by bus from the bustling city of Hobart, this place is completely different from those typical zoos! I have been given the opportunity to feed the kangaroos by hand and have a close up look on wildlife such as koalas and the renowned Tasmanian Devil. The adorable look of the kangaroo melts my heart in the way that reminds me of my childhood. Moreover, I am amazed by the explanation given by the staff, where this sanctuary is open to provide “animals a place to enjoy themselves” instead of “human entertainment”, which I could not agree more...
I took the opportunity of the long weekend to register for a day tour to Wineglass Bay, a place rich in history dating back to the 19th century. Our friendly tour guide from Tours Tasmania took us on the three-hour drive to Freycinet National Park, located on the east coast of Tasmania. There were a lot of campers and backpackers visiting the area, and with the stunning view of the bay being the main attraction, it’s not difficult to see why. I was amazed at the pristine beach and how clear the water was. Has this been the best getaway I’ve ever experienced? Well... I think pictures speak louder than words.
How does it feel to be high above the center of Melbourne? Just head on over to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, the only giant observation wheel in the entire Southern Hemisphere. I guarantee that you won’t regret what Melbourne has to offer, especially the stunning view of the city at night.
The iconic building behind me is the Flinders Street Railway Station. I was immediately wowed by the fantastic preservation work done to maintain its original facade, which was more than a century old. I really hope the station will always be this beautiful in the future.
During my visit to Australia’s oldest public library, the State Library Victoria, I saw this piece of art which really caught my eye. Already amazed by the interior design of the library, I think this sculpture suits the library well, as according to the Chinese zodiac, rats are very intelligent. In fact, I was born in the Year of the Rat, so it makes this photo even more significant. What a coincidence, hmm?
A renowned and totally unmissable location, 82 colourful Brighton bathing boxes await you! On our trip, my friends and I visited the beach located approximately 45 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. A beautiful sunny day gave us the most spectacular view of these bathing boxes. Follow in my footsteps for some of the highlights:
Enjoying Australia? Then this box must not be missed! Being a fan favourite for obvious reasons – don’t say you visited Melbourne without taking this photo. It was a perfect way to share my lovely time in Australia.
Too afraid to surf? Now you take a photo proving that you did it! (Just kidding!!!) Anyway, it was still great fun “surfing” in front of this one, especially because of its number, where you can “get your kicks on Route 66” (John Mayer, Route 66). Hahaha!
Journey to success... What a marvellous feeling marching towards my future in front of this mighty box. This one perfectly suits me too, due to its Spanish colours, which remind me to continue exploring the world with a positive attitude.