Mount Wellington, also known as Kunanyi in Aboriginal, is one of the natural beauties in Tasmania. The mountain lies behind the city of Hobart and is one of the cities dominant features. Rising over 1,200 metres over the city of Hobart it offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape. Mt Wellington is located around a 30 minute drive west of Hobart CBD so there is easy access if you’re staying in the city. The scenery from the top of the mountain is one not to be missed if you are visiting Hobart, It truly is breathtaking.
Often the mountain is snow covered so be sure to pack some warm clothes so you don’t freeze at the top of the mountain. Before you embark on your journey to the top of Mt Wellington be sure to check the weather conditions online so you know what to expect.
Mt Wellington is enjoyable for both families and adventure seekers alike, depending on what you want to experience. If you’re a family, take a leisurely drive up to the top of the mountain and enjoy the views then have a picnic in one of the lovely locations throughout the park. If you’re lucky, after a cold southerly, you may be able to have some quality time with the family playing in the snow.
If you’re more on the adventurous side, you might want to bring your bike to the top of Mount Wellington. Once at the top of the mountain, enjoy the views then head off on one of the many trails or tracks available. There are also some great tracks for horse riders throughout the mountain. If you really are interested in doing some of the bike trails, you are in for a treat. There are some family friendly trails, cross country tracks or downhill technical tracks for the experienced riders. Ride through some great outdoor trails with views to match it all. If you don’t have any bike gear with you in Hobart, you can easily hire whatever you need from some of the cycle hire shops located in the city. There are other Bike trails located around Hobart aside from Mt Wellington including- Clarence Mountain Bike Park and the Foothills just to name a few.
Also located close by are some great walking tracks for you to enjoy. The most popular walk would have to be the Mount Wellington Organ Pipes, a 3.7 km walk that takes around 3 hours or more. The Organ Pipes in Tasmania are one of the most distinctive features of the mountain. These columnar towering cliffs were formed millions of years ago in the Jurassic period, which only adds to their amazement. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tasmania and you would be crazy not to visit this magnificent natural wonder.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your winter woollies and head up to Mount Wellington Hobart. Bring yourself some hot tea and coffee and have yourself the most scenic picnic you have ever had. Best of all, if you have a car this is a virtually free attraction in Hobart. If you don’t have a car, there are tour buses available for around $25-$30 return for adults.