Kunanyi / Mount Wellington
Even in summer, the 1,270-meter-high kunanyi / Mount Wellington undulates to the west of Hobart like a calm slumbering giant, often coated with snow. It alludes to the rough environment that lurks beyond this cosmopolitan metropolis. (Tasmania’s dual naming policy includes the Aboriginal name “kunanyi” for the peak.)
From the Huon Highway, a narrow 21-kilometer mountain road makes its way up to the top through temperate rainforest and subalpine terrain. You can examine historic photographs in the observation shelter at the Pinnacle and take in amazing views of the city, the sea, and the stunning World Heritage wildness in the distance.
The Organ Pipes, a cliff of dolerite columns and a popular rock-climbing destination, are a remarkable feature of the mountain. On the route up to the Pinnacle, a hike from the Springs to Sphinx Rock provides spectacular views of these shard-like rock formations. Bushwalking pathways are suitable for people of all abilities, and you may follow the safe boardwalks all the way to the brink of the cliff. Warm clothing is recommended to guard against the frequent freezing winds and changing weather.
Mountain bikers enjoy zooming all the way down from the top. If you prefer to go by four-wheel drive, a Mount Wellington tour from Hobart is a good option. This two-hour tour includes hotel pickup and insightful narration from a knowledgeable guide as you travel through the Cascade Valley and past Battery Point.