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Hobart, Australia: People watching from Mt. Wellington

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The silver lining of experiencing a black out is the excuse to stop studying or being distracted by films, television or the boundless search opportunities available on the internet, and just look at photo albums and reminisce. Faced with such a situation for the past 72 hours I took advantage of this silver lining. In the quiet and peaceful ambiance created by moments free of technology, I found myself remembering back to a similar quiet and peaceful ambiance that I found atop Hobart’s Mt. Wellington. The mountain, which towers 1271 metres above the city of Hobart, is a must-do during any visit to the Tasmanian city - whether for the sweeping views of Hobart, the peaceful escape to a secluded natural environment or to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin.  
How to get here 
As my visit to Hobart only spanned 48 hours, I chose to take advantage of the tours offered by Grayline, which drove you from their office (right on the wharf) to the peak of the mountain. As well as free time up the mountain, the tour made stops at several historical sites around Hobart including the remains of the Female Factory (a one-time female prison), Cascade Valley and the Anglesea Barracks. However, with more time I would have chosen a different option as due to the chilly temperatures at the peak we were rushed back down after only 20 minutes. If I was to do it again I would take advantage of the one-way walker transfer offered by Hobart Shuttle Bus Company which drive you to the summit and allow you to spend as much time there as you like, before continuing on a 2.5 hour bush walk down the mountain to the small town of Fern Tree at the base of the Mountain. From Fern Tree local buses operate back to Hobart.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before hand as, during the colder months, the view from the peak is often obstructed by low-lying clouds (making it also very dangerous to drive/hike up the mountain). At a height of 1271metres, the air temperature at the peak is almost 10 degrees colder than in the city of Hobart itself so be prepared.

I’ll start this walk down memory lane with a picture of my mum, as it is one of my favourite ever.