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Cathedral Rock Wellington Park

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by Mike McGuire (subscribe)
Together with an ultra fluffy puppy and loving partner, I live in a cosy, quirky wooden-cabin, nestled under the majestic Mount Kunyani in Lenah Valley, Tasmania. I have a journalism and social work backround and am a Zimbabwean born product
Published December 18th 2019
Made it!
Worth the hike

Cathedral Rock - "Neither conquer or be conquered"


Getting there: From Hobart, head west via Davey Street (A6). Keep in the right lane and continue past the turn off to the Southern Outlet. Continue on this road for 9km past Fern Tree and turn onto Betts Road. Follow this gravel road for 1km, crossing a small bridge directly above the car park

Day trip? Wandering up to Cathedral Rock is worth it. Its worth, the huffing and puffing. Your constant ponderings of whether one might consider turning back, - content that at-least you made it three quarters, - as tempting as it may be too pat yourself on the back and head back to level grounds and indulge in a drink and your favourite take-away treat to reward yourself it is worth it! No pain, no gain

You can make it, - take your time; stop to rest upon the inviting boulders along the way, - and you'll be grateful that you persevered. Your future self, will have plenty of feel good endorphins pumping through your body, when you spend a lazy Sunday morning scrolling through your post-card like photos that you will surely snap, as you rest atop the Majestic Cathedral Rock thanking Mother Nature for another masterpiece her creativity free for all to enjoy. Vast expanses of diverse greenery, crisp, revitalising air and a Wi-Fi free zone, await you!

Peace and beauty
Mother Nature


The walk will soak up around 4 hours of your time and you will zig zag through and up, around 600 metres, the Southern Outskirts of Wellington Park, where upon reaching the summit you will be rewarded with postcard like views of Southern Tasmania. Gazing down on the beautiful North-West Bay River and rolling mountains, you will hopefully be lucky enough to bask in the sunshine, along with the lazy lizards nearby.

During your journey, you might be lucky enough to spot a rare black hawk, gliding across the skies or roosting among the damp shady eucalypt forests or up higher along your climb, where they will soar among the jagged dolerite peaks.

As you creep closer to the top, you will be greeted by fellow walkers coming down, smiling sympathetically and offering encouragement to you, "not long now!" Your sweat, easing down your body and watering the scrubs below, lactic acid tugging at your soul pleading you to, take a leaf out of the nearby reptiles' book and plonk yourself down on the inviting warm boulder, -which just happens to be shaped like a comfy futon ensemble.

The swift parrot drifts effortlessly above you, from branch to branch teasing you. You are glad they aren't a man-eating dinosaur, as their ancestors could have been. But you wish they would hoick you up by the shoulders and plonk you upon the summit peak, - just in time to lap up the exquisite sunset which illuminates Southern Tasmania

You have a confronting image invade your consciousness, - one which pitches you in the future, a fossilised human, - Tasmania's latest tourist attraction "The human who didn't quite conquer Cathedral Rock". Your lasting legacy, - carved up by Mother Nature. Maybe you should have opted for a road-trip instead!

But alas, you make it. You will get to enjoy that Lazy Sunday morning as your scroll through your snaps and slurp on a cuppa you reminisce and you are grateful for your past self, that you neither conquered or were conquered but rather, - left in awe, and you really did worship the might Cathedral Rock!

Warnings: The top section of the walk enters a sub-alphine area, be sure to take appropriate clothing. There is also a chance of high winds at the top, so be careful near the cliff edges
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Where: 10 Betts Rd, Neika TAS 7054
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