Mt Wellington looms large over the city of Hobart and the surrounding region in Tasmania. At 1270 metres tall at the summit, the views of the city and, Kingston, Bruny Island, the D’Entrecastreaux Channel and further south are simply incredible. Mt Wellington makes up a huge part of Wellington Park which covers an area of 18,250 hectares. The drive to the pinnacle is approximately 30 minutes drive from the Hobart CBD and there is no better place to witness the beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the region.
During Winter the mountain is quite often covered in snow which can make accessing the summit quite difficult, but during the warmer months the top of the mountain is an extremely popular destination for tourists and locals alike. What many people don’t realise is there is far more to explore around the mountain than just the often crowded lookouts overlooking the city. There are tracks which are extremely accessible in all directions of the main carparks, and within a 30 minute walk in any direction you can witness some incredibly breathtaking views without the hustle and bustle of the area surrounding the main carpark.
My partner and I live very close to Mt Wellington and quite often drive to the top to explore as much as we possibly can. I often make trips up the mountain with other local photographers, and we always like to find new locations to witness the incredible light and the amazing views that are on offer in every direction. If you do decide to explore this beautiful part of Tasmania, I highly recommend being prepared for weather changes and take a waterproof jacket, covered shoes, some food and plenty of water. You never know where some of the tracks may lead you.
Here are 11 images from the top of Mt Wellington in Hobart, Tasmania that were all taken within a 30 minute walk of the main carpark recently .
1. Mt Wellington Lookout Building – This building and the connecting pathway is extremely popular for tourists and visitors as the view across Hobart and further south is simply incredible. I have personally sought shelter in this building after a couple of my friends and I stupidly decided to ride to the top of Mt Wellington and the weather changed into blizzard conditions on our way up. Every time I see this building I smile remembering that crazy day.
2. A Sea of Clouds – at 1270 metres high, the top of Mt Wellington is quite often higher that the clouds. I have witnessed this view many times and every time I see it I am am blown away by the incredible beauty. This particular image was taken looking due east as the sun was setting behind me, approximately 10 minutes walk from the main car park.
3. Lost World Track – My beautiful partner and I love exploring the tracks that are easily accessible around the top of the mountain. About 5 minutes drive back down the mountain there is a track called “Lost World”. The view out over the city is quite spectacular. And yes, we did get lost on this particular occasion while climbing in and around some massive boulders to get this shot 😀
4. Pinnacle Rainbow – The weather can change very quickly on Mt Wellington, and on this particular trip we were up there in a huge storm. In between being stuck in the heavy rainfall and while we were dodging lightning bolts, this beautiful rainbow appeared for us. That tower you see is one of the television towers that are located on the mountain. We are approximately 15 minutes walk from the main carpark.
5. Boulders The Size of City Buildings – Well, I might be exaggerating a little bit, but when you see how small my good friend Dietmar (@lake_of_tranquility on Instagram) is compared to the size of these rocks, they sure do feel that big. This particular location is about 20 minutes walk south from the main carpark.
6. Fiery Sunset – About 10 minutes walk from the main carpark we came across this rocky outcrop which made a great foreground during this smokey, hazy sunset. The sky lit up with the most incredible colours and the light lingered for nearly 90 minutes after the official sunset time.
7. Streaky Skies – When the clouds are high above the mountain there are plenty of opportunities to capture some great long exposure shots. This spot is approximately a 30 minute walk south of the main carpark and is overlooking Kingston and the southern region of Tasmania. How awesome is this view?
8. Take That Path – The Zig Zag track starts from the main carpark and will take you on a journey to some of the most amazing views you will find across southern Tasmania. This is the start of a network of tracks that can lead you to the bottom of the mountain or all the way across the top ridge line. I highly recommend taking this path.
9. Golden Sunset – The beautiful golden light that is cast across the top of Mt Wellington during sunset just has to be seen to be believed. I will never tire of these incredible views and I am sure my partner who is here in this image won’t either. We have visited this location several times and it is approximately a 20 minute walk from the main carpark south along the top ridge of the mountain.
10. Cloudy Outlook – Can you see the little patches of snow in this image? All around the top of the mountain you will find patches of snow deep into Spring. This is another occasion where the clouds covered Hobart but were lower than the summit of Mt Wellington. How good does that blanket of cloud look? Even though this is extremely close to the main carpark, it is quite easy to get away from the crowds and feel a little secluded.
11. Stormy Rocks – The weather can shift so quickly up on Mt Wellington. On this particular trip a group of us walked south across the main ridge line for about 30 minutes. Behind us a storm was building and we witnessed some incredible scenes as we got stuck in the rain. The amazing light on the horizon and the stormy clouds provided us with some great photography opportunities.
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