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PORT ARTHUR, TASMANIA

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Located approximately 60 kms from Hobart, is named after George Arthur, the Lieutenant Governor.   It took me just about 90 minutes to drive from Hobart.  All the way it was very scenic with straight road and hardly any traffic.

What is Port Arthur?

The settlement started as a timber station in 1830.  But this place is better known for being a penal colony.  In India we have a similar settlement on the island of Andamans.  It is well known as kaala pani (black water) where the political prisoners were sent to the infamous cellular jails for life.

Port Arthur received the most hardest of British criminals from 1833 until 1853.

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The Island of the Dead where the dead prisoners were buried and none of their graves were marked.  Out of 1646 graves recorded to exist, only 180 belonging to the prison staff and military personnel are marked.

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THE PRISON CLOSED IN 1877.

Today, The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has declared Port Arthur site as the World Heritage Site.

Port Arthur is one of the Australia’s best known historical sites receiving over 2,50,000 tourists every year.  As per the 2016 census, Port Arthur had a population of 1049.

 

 

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AUSTRALIA, THE PHILIP ISLAND

Penguin Parade, this is what Philip Island is famously known for.  People throng to the Island beach for the Sun to set.  All eyes are glued to the waves hitting the sands of the beach and wow from the sea as if it is a designated ritual, the small penguins start appearing as dots in the beginning and lo they appear striving hard to walk at a leisurely pace towards the people.  This happens every day and its nature’s wonder how these penguins remember their nests and Burroughs.  We respect their ritual and their habitat.  No documentation of this ritual is allowed.

Phillip Island, a popular day trip from Melbourne, lies just off Australia’s southern coast. At Summer land Beach, spectators gather daily at sunset to watch the Penguin Parade, when Little penguins come ashore in groups. The Nobbies outcrop is the viewing site for Seal Rocks, home to a large colony of Australian fur seals. The Phillip Island Circuit is a well-known track for motorcycle and car racing.

As the Sun sets, the beach starts to become a artist’s canvas.  The colours jump out of no where.  This I could capture in my camera.