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Postcard from Mount Wellington

Postcard from Mount Wellington

On a clear day, you can see half of Tasmania from the peak of Mount Wellington. But, as my guide joked, if you don’t like the weather in Tasmania, just wait 10 minutes.

View from Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania

If you’re wearing comfortable shoes, packed some extra layers and want to be outdoorsy (read: save some cash), you can take bus 48 from the center of the city up to Fern Tree and then hike up to the peak, a five- to six-hour round trip. This was my original preference until I realized a) buses don’t run very frequently on the weekends in a tiny city like Hobart, b) five to six hours is a really long walk and c) if there’s snow on the top of the mountain…it’s cold. All brilliant observations, I know.

I ended up taking a round-trip shuttle instead, which was probably the best decision I made all day. For a mere $25, I was escorted to the top of the mountain by a friendly guide in a car with central heating. It takes about three hours total: 40 minutes driving each way, plus about 40 minutes  to explore at the top. On average, it’s about 12 degrees Celsius cooler at the top of Mount Wellington than in Hobart–so just being able to duck into the heated van to warm for a few minutes in between explorations was well-worth the cash. You can also choose to take the shuttle up and hike down–the driver will kindly point out your bus stop destination if you’re so inclined.

View from the drive up Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania

The view from the drive up.

The road leading up Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

View from the top of snowy Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania

The road leading up Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania

Vibram Five Fingers on top of Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania

View from the road leading up Mount Wellington, Hobart, TasmaniaThe view from the drive down.

 

  • Lol the 5-fingers shots that keep popping up in your posts 🙂

  • Lol the 5-fingers shots that keep popping up in your posts 🙂

  • Lol the 5-fingers shots that keep popping up in your posts 🙂

  • Lol the 5-fingers shots that keep popping up in your posts 🙂

  • Lol the 5-fingers shots that keep popping up in your posts 🙂

  • What a gorgeous place, great experience you’ve had!

  • Ah Mt. Wellington was gawjus. I was lucky enough to have a car! It was a bit hazy when we got there but 20 minutes later, clear as could be!

  • krish

    wow! what a lovely picture……………very so sweet………………………….

  • Anonymous

    Ohmigod, it looks just like NZ, I am spazzing! Hence the name? (Har har).

    Beautiful!!

  • It’s an amazing view of Mt. Wellington! You’re so lucky to explore it. Thanks for sharing the pictures  Christine, they were great.

  • Beautiful views!  New Zealand has some spectacular scenery!

  • Anonymous

    Haha I’m obsessed! I not-so-secretly want them to pay me and use them in their advertisements!

  • Anonymous

    Loved it–can’t wait to go back!

  • Anonymous

    It cleared up JUST as we were leaving…of course!

  • Anonymous

    Haha no idea–but I just spent last weekend in Wellington, New Zealand so Wellington love all around!

  • Anonymous

    Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  • Anonymous

    That’s not New Zealand–it’s Tasmania, an island state of Australia! 🙂

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