What about Mount Wellington?

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You can't visit Hobart without immediately noticing Mount Wellington. It looms mightily over the city, providing locals and visitors alike with a beautiful natural feature to explore as well as opening up a whole realm of other fun and thrilling mountain activities.

Mount Wellington also known inceasingly by its beautiful sounding Aboriginal name – Kunanyi – cuts an intimidating figure, as it stands 1,270 metres (that's 4,000 feet) above sea level. Hold onto your hat, because it sure is windy up at the top. It's an easy, 21km drive up to the summit; the views and the surrounding nature and even wildlife (if you’re lucky) is well worth it. Not only can you see Hobart's Harbour and the vast expanse of the Derwent River from here, you can also see Bruny Island, the Iron Port, the Tasman Peninsula and the South Arm, and the valleys leading north to Launceston via Glenorchy and Bagdad, or the Coal River Valley stretching out beyond Richmond – so bring your camera and get snap happy at the sight of this panorama.

One of the highlights of Mount Wellington is its hiking trails. You can head out on long or short walks of varying degrees of difficulty – so there really is something for everyone – and you can even join a downhill cycling descent tour if you're really looking to get your adrenalin and heart pumping.

There are also a number of facilities on the mountain such as barbeque and picnic equipment, so once you've seen all there is to see from the viewing platforms you can have a lovely picnic lunch and further soak in the sights around you. Don't forget to visit some of the mountain's springs, which are not only beautiful to look at but provide much of Hobart's drinking water.

You'll soon understand why visitors can't help but rave about Mount Wellington.

Mount Wellington Shelter and Lookout

Exploring Mt Wellington before the descent by bike

Hobart Panorama - image credit: Tasmanian Bush Blog

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