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Rising 1270 metres (around 4000 feet) above Hobart's harbour and the wide Derwent River, Mt Wellington provides a wilderness experience within 20 minutes of the city and is much loved by locals. The 21 kilometre drive to the summit takes you from temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, ending in panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula. At 1270m above sea-level, the mountain is often snowcapped in winter. The interpretation centre at the top protects you from the blustering winds and a viewing platform on the western side of the car park looks out to the southern World Heritage Area beyond.
In February 1836 Charles Darwin climbed Mt Wellington during a visit on the HMAS Beagle. The Aboriginal name for Mt Wellington is Unghbanyahletta or Poorawetter. Bushwalking trails suit all fitness levels and barbecue and picnic facilities are provided. Mountain activities also include cycling and abseiling. Text & Images Courtesy of ATDW
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