Kunanyi, or Mount Wellington, is the geographic spirit of Hobart. It can be seen from the cbd, the inner suburbs and even most of the outer suburbs. Kunanyi, or "The Mountain" as it's known by most locals, dominates the skyline with picturesque beauty, a sight only improved by travelling into Wellington Range itself.
Kunanyi is free to visit and explore, with tracks suited to horses, mountain bikes or bushwalkers. There are many tracks to explore, and even secret cabins to discover. There's picnic areas for families to relax and bird watchers to enjoy the scenery. Wander out to Sphinx Rock to see one of the best views of Hobart CBD, or better yet, head to the pinnacle to experience Hobart from its highest point.
The pinnacle is accessible by car from all directions, from Hobart, Kingston or Glenorchy, and while it is occasionally closed due to snow, for the majority of the year it is accessible 24/7 for those wanting to discover Hobart's literal peak.
No park fees apply to Wellington Range, so it is accessible to anyone and everyone. There is also an observation room to shelter from the wind while looking over Hobart, which is open from 8am to 4.30pm all year. There's also now free wifi in the observation shelter so you can post your snaps of Kunanyi straight to social media!
On your way up to the pinnacle, stop at the springs to grab a bite to eat from the new cafe, Lost Freight, then continue to the peak. There are many tracks to explore that wind across the Mountain, from those easy for families, to those more suited to adventurous hikers. Always read the signs, wear appropriate clothing, and keep an eye on weather conditions before heading out on a long bush walk.
Even if you aren't the bushwalking type, a drive to the pinnacle will provide beautiful views of Hobart that are not to be missed.