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The Hobart Rivulet

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Published July 30th 2014
Pretend you’re on a bushwalk without breaking a sweat
What is the best thing about Hobart? Is it the cheap parking and the relatively inoffensive parking fines (30 bucks, anyone)? Is it the fact you can get to any of your mate's places within 15 minutes? Is it the spectacular views, no matter how posh or not your suburb is? Or is it the lack of lining up and queuing for, well, anything?

Nope, nope, and nope. The most fine and dandy thing about Hobart is the fact you don't even have to leave the city to experience Mother Nature. Hobart has even won the official title of Australia's greenest city. And one of the best ways to experience a ridiculous level of calm, happy, back-to-nature Zen-ness, is to walk the Hobart Rivulet track.
Hobart Rivulet
Back to nature, without leaving town.

It starts at the edge of the CBD, just near the Village Cinema on the corner of Collins and Molle streets. The beginnings may be humble, true, but you're embarking upon an Odyssey here. Be patient.

Hobart Rivulet
Just wait, there's more...

The Hobart Rivulet Linear Park winds 2km along a lovely trickling brook all the way up to the historic Cascades Brewery. It's a gorgeous walk, and you'll understand why in ye-olden days, the rich folk built their stately homes here. And you don't have to be Usain Bolt to manage this track – it's gentle and undulating enough to bring grandma. Oh, and you can bring Rover too – just keep him on a lead.

Hobart Rivulet
More colourful leaves and plants that you could stick a twig at.

You'll have spectacular views of Mount Wellington the entire trek. Along the way, you'll find picnic chairs and benches, the Cascades Female Factory remains (where the Tassie government used to house the lady prisoners), Vaucluse Gardens - complete with white swans sitting on the bank, the Cascades Brewery gardens (an ideal romantic spot), and of course the brewery itself. You'll even find access to the Cascades Track, that winds through several kilometres of gum trees and other natives.

Hobart Rivulet
Mount Wellington, and if you squint enough, you can see the moon too.

You can stop at any time really, because there are frequent exits off the track that lead you into the main drag of South Hobart, where you can stock up on a nice coffee before winding your way back. All-in-all, it's a perfect walk to give you the sense you've left the big smoke of Hobart and entered a peaceful Tasmanian oasis.
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Why? When you want to forget the national park fees and heavy-duty hiking boots
Where: Hobart Rivulet - Hobart CBD to South Hobart
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