Jul
22
2013

Head up Mount Wellington

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If you want to find a good spot to take in Tasmania's wonderful views, make time to head to Mount Wellington. Its original Aboriginal names were Unghbanyahletta and Poorawetter, however it is now known as Kunanyi.

One of the most noteworthy features of this mountain is first and foremost its height. At 1,270 metres – or 4,000 feet – its elevation means you're going to see spectacular views.

It's also very close to Hobart's centre – a 20 minute drive will get you to the top. The base of the mountain is lush rainforest, but as you drive up heading towards the summit you'll notice the landscape change to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations.

Once you're at the top there are beautiful vistas in every direction. You'll see greater Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm, the Iron Pot and the Tasman Peninsula. You'll also see springs dotted around the area, which supply much of Hobart's drinking water.

There is shelter at the summit so you won't be blown away by the strong winds, and there are plenty of perfect viewing platform locations so that you can get the best view possible. On the way up there are also barbecues and picnic facilities, so pack some treats and have a feast – all of the locations offer a meal with a view.

If you're game, head out on one of the mountain's bushwalks. There are paths suitable for families and children, as well as all fitness levels – so choose the one that best suits your ability.

For the slightly more adventurous, there are also trail biking routes, as well as abseiling locations. There is also a commercial bike tour which descends the mountain, including a cooling stop at the Cascade Brewery in true Aussie style.

Mount Wellington Shelter - Image Credit: Hobart City Council

Mt Wellington one of the viewing platforms - Image Credit: Australian Traveller

Mt Wellington from Hobart's Eastern Shore Rose Bay College webcam

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