It is a Monday morning and Alex and I wake up remembering we don’t have to go to work today.
Alex and I are in the city of Hobart, which is located in the south east region of Australia’s most southern state of Tasmania, Australia.
Yesterday Alex and I visited historic Port Arthur, Richmond and Wrest Point Casino.
The plan for today is to take a stroll around Hobart (which is literally possible) before we head up to Mount Wellington to enjoy its stunning views over Hobart from its summit.
First things first, we wander the short walk into town and start our day with breakfast at Beaujangles Café on Elizabeth Street Mall. Hobart city is buzzing… well… there are people about at least.
Hobart is a fairly quiet, compact city and it doesn’t take a lot of time to cover on foot but we manage and work up an appetite while doing so. We include a visit to the Hobart Museum before we look to make out way over to Battery Point and partake of some lunch at Salamanca Place.
Salamanca Place is lined with beautifully maintained sandstone warehouses and is the location of the fabulous Salamanca Markets (which we had a chance to explore on our first day in Tasmania…lucky us).
Many of these warehouse buildings now house restaurants and shops and is where Alex and I enjoy an alfresco lunch.
For the afternoon we are heading up (about 1270m actually) to the summit of Mount Wellington. Just as well we have the hire car and Alex isn’t making me do something stupid like hike to the summit like I made him do at Mount Kinabalu in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Sorry Alex.
Sorry, I digress…thanks to our hire car, we will enjoy a leisurely drive to the summit of Mount Wellington.
The drive is straightforward, beginning in downtown Hobart on Davey Street. Davey Street then changes its name to Huon Drive. From Huon Drive is the turnoff onto Pinnacle Road. To this point is about 10km from Hobart to the Pinnacle Road turnoff. Pinnacle Road turnoff to the summit is a further 10km and is the only road which leads all the way to the lookout.
The lower reaches of Mount Wellington are covered with thick forest, with the vegetation thinning out as we near the summit. This is an easy drive, basically taking you just out of Hobart.
The summit of Mount Wellington, at 1270m, provides a spectacular view over greater Hobart and the Derwent River.
The weather is equally amazing and changeable. For example, on arrival our view was fantastic. Then, clouds started rolling in until Hobart was blanketed with white fluffy stuff and was no longer visible to us… hmmm…damn that white fluffy stuff.
At the summit sits a stone and glass observation building. This building at least provides some welcome relief for us from the strong and freezing winds… like today for instance… which is blowing an absolute gale.
Soooo, with nothing more to see (literally) due to complete cloud cover, and before we get blown clean off the mountain, we head back to the car, with fingers crossed that the car will start.
Even though our time spent at the lookout was cut short, Mount Wellington is so accessible and the vistas amazingly worth the time taken to venture up the mountain. Love it!