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The ferry to MONA is such a lovely and picturesque start to the day that you can’t help but expect great things. I recommend pre-booking as some ferries sell out. The 9.30am one worked well for us.

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Cute but not perhaps overly comfortable seating on the ferry.

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Sexy ferry is sexy.

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There’s art of course. An amazing collection. And most of it thankfully unphotographable. Nothing between you and the experience except..

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… your oPod. Each museum entrant gets one of these and a set of earphones. It guides you through and provides background, music and observations on the art. I did my first circuit of the gallery without it which was great – just looking and enjoying the art without giving a damn who did it. Then second time I looked at the guide to get a sense of how the collection fit together, and why David Walsh collected what he did.

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We played ping pong too. Easier than it might seem, despite the pitfalls.

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Lunch at the museum cafe seemed the go. Lovely view and nice and chilled outside area.

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There were two salads of the day so I got both. Delicious!

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Rooster friend came by for a chat. He was later escorted off the premises by a security guard. Tasmania really is its own world.

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We prefaced the final round of the galleries with a Lark whisky from the subterranean bar. The perfect match for a museum all about darkness.

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