Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur prison colony is one of Australia’s most impressive physical reminders of its convict past.  Set on the scenic Tasman peninsula, it must have been the site of great convict hardship and suffering during the 19th century.

The eeriness and emotional power of the site is further heightened by the tragic events of April 1996, when a lone gunman committed the worst single-shooter mass killing in Australian history there.

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Where the cafe once stood and where a dozen people lost their lives in 1996, is now a simple memorial garden.  It felt like the eeriest place on the entire site.

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Tasmania’s Museum of Old & New Art

Built on the site of a former winery on a scenic headland a short ferry ride down the Derwent River from Hobart, since opening in 2011, Tasmania’s MONA – Museum of Old & New Art – has surely become the most exciting privately funded art space and museum in Australia.  A must-visit destination for any first time visitor to Tasmania.

Below: The infamous Cloaca machine, that eats, digests and excretes daily.

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Rozelle Tram Depot, Sydney

Sydney used to have one of the largest metropolitan tram fleets in the world.  This all changed in the 1950s when trams were progressively replaced with buses.

Rozelle Tram Depot still houses six of the original trams that used to run on the network, though they are woefully neglected and have been subject to extensive vandalism and graffiti over the years.

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Angels of Waverley Cemetery, Sydney

Perched atop cliffs in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Waverley Cemetery must be one of the most spectacularly located cemeteries anywhere in the world.  It is noted for its ornate tombs, headstones and funerary sculpture – angels are particularly popular.

Notable Australians buried here include Australia’s first Prime Minister Edmund Barton, poet Henry Lawson and cricketer Victor Trumper.

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