On New Year’s Eve, we flew to Hobart and were picked by our host for the week at the airport. We found our hosts through the HelpX program, which is designed to link up travelers with potential homestays. HelpX is similar to other programs such as WWOOF and WorkAway, and is basically an agreement to work 4-5 hours a day for 5 or six days a week in exchange for room and board. The best part of these programs is that you get to experience living with a family, and they also usually take you along for interesting local experiences. Our family in Sandford was really lovely, we felt like part of the family and really enjoyed hanging out with them. For work we mostly did gardening, but John also helped out with a bit of stone masonry and carpentry as well. Our first day was spent enjoying a New Year’s Eve party, followed by fireworks over the Hobart harbor. Vanessa also drove us out to Eagle Hawk Neck, a really beautiful lookout point nearby where we sipped coffee and enjoyed the view. We spent another fun afternoon kayaking around Cremorne after a morning of weeding. We also took a couple of excursions to Hobart, and enjoyed the Taste of Tasmania festival, the Salamanca markets, coffee on a houseboat with friends, and the Hobart Botanical Gardens.