For me, Christmas is a little too hectic to be enjoyable. In the lead up, there’s the presents to make and/or buy, the menu to plan, the food to prepare, the greetings to send… for someone who likes everything to be perfect, it’s stress personified. Normal life (you know: work, school, sport) doesn’t take a holiday just because you’re busy! And the actual big day is a glaring reminder to me that many of my friends and family live interstate, miles away, having fun without me.

But Boxing Day, once Christmas is officially over for another year, is a time I love.

Boxing Day - Relax after Christmas
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Boxing Day provides a chance to really relax and have fun with the family

Boxing Day: Breathe A Little Easier

Boxing Day marks the start of a fantastic week in Hobart. Having never been remotely into sailing before moving to Tasmania, I now find myself glued to the TV for the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. It’s weird, really. I have absolutely no idea who any of these sailors are, nor any concept of the actual sport. But I love the excitement the race generates in Hobart, and I now know how huge and impressive the boats are. Even before the fleet arrives, Hobart is abuzz.

Boxing Day - Brooke Stree Cruise Centre
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The Brooke Street Cruise Centre was busy on Boxing Day

Of course, there’s the Boxing Day Test at the MCG to juggle on TV as well. Watching their favourite son Ricky Ponting smash 63 runs at Blundstone Arena for the Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday has Tassie cricket fans in a frenzy. With local boy Jackson Bird getting off to a good start in his debut test for Australia, everyone has even more incentive to tune in.

Boxing Day - Ricky Ponting
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Ricky Ponting smashed 63 runs for the Hobart Hurricanes

Shoppers in Tasmania are the same as elsewhere in the country… eager to snare a bargain with their Christmas dollars. Elizabeth Street Mall in Hobart was a veritable hive of activity on Boxing Day. Not my scene though.


 

So what was my scene on Boxing Day I hear you ask? With such magnificent weather to appreciate, we spent the morning on the Hobart waterfront. The Taste Festival starts 28 December, and the leaders of the Sydney to Hobart will be due to arrive about then too. So the town has an air of expectancy without being insanely busy.

Boxing Day - Princes Wharf
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Preparations for the Taste Festival in Hobart are well underway on Boxing Day.

Cruising Around Hobart on Boxing Day

Gavin and the kids took a ride with Wild Thing Adventures. When they returned from the adrenalin-fuelled hour, they were overflowing with enthusiasm. Awesome was one word bandied around quite freely! Once I sort the photos and decipher their rabble, I’ll share more about the cruise, another of the many great things to do in Hobart.

Boxing Day - Wild Thing
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All aboard Wild Thing Adventures on Boxing Day in Hobart

Meanwhile, I ordered a hot chocolate at Tavern 42 Degrees and took a seat outside with a view of the docks. There were two youngish girls chatting nearby, enjoying a glass of wine, and smoking. I stayed put, even though I’m not overly keen on second-hand smoke fumes. How many cigarettes could they possibly need in an hour? Quite a lot as it turns out. As one would butt out, the other would light up. Anyway, I figured it was my fault for choosing the smoking section, and I did really want to enjoy the sunshine and the view.

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A hot chocolate from T42 in Hobart on Boxing Day

It was very enjoyable watching the boats and the people come and go. There were long queues for the MONA ferry, and others boarding the black and pink MONA ROMA bus. There was even a larger coach waiting to take passengers to the Museum of Old and New Art, so Berriedale was clearly the place to be seen on Boxing Day.

Boxing Day - MONA Ferry
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All roads – and some boats – lead to MONA on Boxing Day

The other ferry operators were busy too. Families were clambering aboard the Emmalisa, one of Captain Fell’s Historic Ferries, for a brief cruise around the Derwent River. Other tourists were taking brochures for the Bruny Island Adventure Cruise and the Peppermint Bay catamaran that heads to Woodbridge each day.

Boxing Day - Waterfront Cruise
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Many visitors were taking a cruise with Captain Fell’s historic ferries

All around me, there were groups in catch-up mode from earlier festivities. Some were taking advantage of the free WiFi to make plans (as I was, booking a flight for Gavin with Par Avion Wilderness Tours). Others were simply sitting, their eyes shaded by sunglasses, maybe ruing their over-indulgence at the Christmas table. Not a cross word was spoken anywhere, nor did anyone seem to be in a rush. And that to me is the joy of Boxing Day.

Boxing Day - Free WiFi in Hobart
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Using the free Wifi on the Hobart waterfront to plan a flight with Par Avion Tours

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