Mar
15
2012

View from above – Mount Wellington

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Mount Wellington is located just outside of Hobart and is a comfortable 20 minute drive from the city centre.

"The Mountain" (as locals call it) has long attracted the attention of residents and visitors to Hobart.

One of its more famous admirers, Charles Darwin, even climbed its highest peak when he dropped into Tasmania as part of the Beagle expedition.

Exploring Mount Wellington can take time, but it is well worth the trip to the summit which rises 1,270 metres above sea level.

You can make your way to the top of the mountain on foot and admire the temperate rainforests that change to sub-alpine flora as you approach the mountain's highest point.

Half and full-day walks are a fun way to take in the surroundings and breathe in the clean mountain air.

Buses run regularly up the mountain stopping at Fern Tree to do those walks or solo travellers can join a Mount Wellington Tour from Hobart.

Glacial rock formations, snow and  ice-cold streams are also a feature of this walk, so make sure to wear your woollies in the cooler months.

On a clear day you can see roughly one-third of the entire state including sweeping views of Hobart, Bruny Island, and South Arm, as well as the Iron Pot and the distant Tasman Peninsula.

If you are a keen cyclist you might like to take part in the commercially operated Mt Wellington Descent, which also features a drinks break at the iconic Cascade Brewery.

For those who are feeling adventurous, abseiling is another popular activity that is sure to get your heart pumping, but it is best to speak with experts who can help to identify and offer advice about the best places for this sport.

There is also the opportunity to relax with friends over an afternoon barbeque, with a number of bookable picnic facilities to choose from as well as other great eating locations near the Springs.

Hobart_from_Mount_Wellington_Panorama

Amazing vistas and observation area

Mt Wellington Glover Image Credit held National Library of Australia

Mt Wellington from the Harbour at Sullivans Cove

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