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ANSTO Summer '16 Post 3

Cameron Howard
Monday, Jul 4th 2016

Things have been progressing nicely in the lab and we have successfully made the gripper that will perform the testing for the duration of my time here and have begun the first batch of test specimens. This allowed me to spend a 4th of July long weekend down in Tasmania and do some backpacking. Tasmania is a beautiful island to the south of the mainland and all it took to get there was a quick two hour flight. I've never hiked in a place so pristine and beautiful, untouched, with huge mountains directly next to the ocean and private smooth, sandy beaches in between. We did a 30 km loop starting in Wineglass Bay, up to the top of Mt. Graham and Mt. Freycinet, and down over to Hazards Beach. There was an awesome mirror reflection of the mountains onto a glass-like lake in between the two beaches on a stretch of land in between.

For the last night in Tasmania, we drove down to the capital city of Hobart and stayed at an Airbnb in Sandy Bay with some incredible views of the city. They have floating food boats in the harbor and excellent seafood. 

Our final day was spent at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary feeding kangaroos, petting koalas, and seeing Tasmanian devils before we drove back to the airport through the middle of the island, stopping for a burger (local Angus beef is really tasty) in Campbell Town for lunch and a few beers at the James Boag brewery in Launceston.