At the end of August I resigned from my work at SafetyCulture to try out a new Lifestyle as a Digital Nomad. It is a lifestyle that I have wanted to try for quite some time as it offers many attractive benefits; you can live where you want and you can choose the work that interests you. Who wouldn't want these things? It offers an exceptional level of flexibility.
To kick-off the project, I decided to move away from Sydney to spend a month in Tasmania with my parents. My final night in Sydney was special for a few reasons. Of course it was the start of my foray in to long-term travel, but it was also the premiere of The New Hustle Movie. The New Hustle Movie is a feature length documentary on the start-up industry in Australia. It was produced by Luke Anear, the CEO of SafetyCulture, and focused on the foundation story of three successful Australian startups; SafetyCulture, Canva, and Vino Mofo. After the event I got to meet with the CEOs of each of the companies. To be able to attend such an event for a story that I have been a part of and to be able to receive best wishes from Luke was a fantastic send-off. I couldn't have hoped for more. For anyone interested in watching the documentary it is available on iTunes.
New Hustle Movie Premiere
Ron, Yong, and JZ in the SafetyCulture office
Travelling to Tasmania
That was my final night in Sydney and the end of my lifestyle as a full-time engineer. The next day I drove a hire car down to Melbourne. I packed the car and drove all the way to Melbourne in the same day, arriving at my hotel in the CBD just before midnight. A family friend then took my things with him on a ferry across the Bass Strait; the Sprit of Tasmania. All in all, it was quite a seamless moving experience.
Apex Rental Car
Life in Tasmania
My family lives in a tiny little suburb called Oyster Cove, about 30 minutes south of Hobart. This is where I spent the Month. What follows are some of the sight-seeing activities that we did during my stay. Tasmania is a beautiful place to go travelling. It was once relatively undiscovered but in recent years tourism is becoming an integral part of the economy. Tasmania is no longer the sleepy community it once was.
Family House in Oyster Cove
Hartz Mountain & Geeveston
Our first outing was to Hartz Mountain. We drove down to Hartz Mountain on the 3rd of September, which was my Birthday and Fathers Day. I was born on Fathers day and since the events don't usually overlap (it in fact it hadn't for years) it was quite a special day. So it was nice to spend the day with dad. It was raining and windy up on the mountain but we could still walk along the track for an hour or so. After the walk we had lunch at a small Japanese Restaurant called Masaaki's Sushi in Geeveston. It was without a doubt one of the best Japanese restuarants that I have been to. Better than a lot that I tried in Japan, and better than all that I tried in Sydney bar one. Incidentally, Geeveston is where a TV show called Rosehaven was shot. Rosehaven is a hilarious Australian comedy about small towns in Tasmania. I recommend it to anyone.
Kingston Beach Handmade Market
My Mum has a stall in the Kingston Beach Handmade Market and for one of the days I helped her run her stall. It's a nice little market that only sells locally handmade products. Her stall sells hand-made woollen clothing, which she spins, dyes, and knits herself. It is quite unique because all the dyes are sourced from local Tasmanian flora. You can see her website here.
Markets in Kingston Beach
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
My Dad an I spent one day at MONA. MONA, or Museum of Old And New Art, is a new and wildly successful museum in Hobart. It is truly a spectacular gallery and one that I recommend everyone to visit. The founder of the gallery is a Tasmanian who has quite an interesting story; he made his money building a gambling system for horse racing. You can read about his story on Wikipedia, he has also published a memoire titled "A Fact of Bone". Anecdotally, I have heard that his carpark at the front of the MONA is one of most photographed locations in Tasmania. Famous for its signs; God and God's Mistress, plus the Teslas parked there.
Photo of God's Carpark
Our next outing was to Mt. Wellington. We had researched a 6 hour walk, called the Big Bend Trail, which went around the top of the Mountain. The trail featured a lot of iconic alpine Tasmanian flora such as grasses, bushes, lichen, and trees. The flora is really quite unique and it is hard to see these types of plants elsewhere. They are quite an interesting group of plants as they need to withstand gale-force winds and can be covered in snow for months at a time. If you ever do the famed Overland Track, you will see these sorts of plants up there. The trail itself was unmanaged; we had to bush-bash for a fair chunk of it as it was completely over-grown and the cairns were few and far between. You can easily get lost, which is dangerous as it is drops below zero overnight. We could keep to the trail for the most part, but lost all markers for a period of about 30 minutes. Parts of the trail were under snow which was beautiful and the reason we wanted to walk up there.
Walking in the snow at Mt. Wellington
Freycinet National Park
Our final journey was to Freycinet National Park. We camped at Freycinet on the beach for three nights. We were lucky and had great weather; including two spectacular nights of which the serenity is hard to describe. The nights were dark and we had full visibility of the stars and the southern-cross. We could see the jagged peaks along the end of the peninsular and hear the night birds caw. The water was clear and completely still so we could see meters of ocean floor hours after sunset by the starlight. During our visit we hiked up Mt. Amos, which was a challenging hike up rock-faces for 3 hours. At the end of it we were rewarded with uninterrupted views of Hazards Beach and the famous Wine Glass Bay. The hike itself was beautiful with pink granite rocks and coastal vegetation. Getting to Freycinet took about 2 hours driving from Hobart. Along the way we stopped stop at Devil's corner, which is one of Tasmania's famous wine estates.
Hiking up Mt. Amos
Amongst all of this I spent quite a long time getting ready for long-term travel.
I spent a week going through all of my things categorising them, labelling them, and storing them. I felt that this was worthwhile as it makes it easier for my parents to access, as well as reduces the chance of damage from the elements, moths, and other pests.
I also spent a bit of time at the library reading travel books to give me some ideas on places to visit. Through this I decided that I would like to visit India. It seems to be a place with a lot of interesting sights, great food, and is relatively untravelled by foreigners.
Finally I had to organise vaccinations for my travels. In the end I was vaccinated against Typhoid, Tetanus + Diphtheria, Rabies, and Hep A + Hep B. In addition I also bought medications for Altitude Sickness and Malaria. Of these Rabies was the most expensive, however I felt it was necessary for me as I have travelled through Nepal and Thailand before and have seen all of the street dogs, plus I have heard stories of people being chased by packs of dogs at night in places such as India and Thailand. Though, I think of the vaccines that I had this one is the least necessary and could be avoided by being alert to animals while travelling.
In total I spent just short of one month in Tasmania. After Tasmania I went to stay with my sister in Melbourne.
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