The magnificent and majestic Kunanyi / Mt Wellington towers above Hobart city and is situated in the stunning 18,000 hectares (44, 479 acres) of protected reserve and wilderness of Mount Wellington Park. Here the air is crisp and not a sound can be heard. It feels like you are standing on top of the world and everything below you represents how, us humans, are so insignificant compared to the mighty nature that surrounds us.
Undisputed views can be enjoyed from the summit!
Being just a 20-minute drive from Hobart city, this spectacular natural attraction connects Hobart's urban landscape to the bush and certainly offers a dominating scene, feeding the waterways that flow down to the harbour as well as supplying some of the freshest drinking water in the world!
The boardwalk alone offers spectacular views!
Beside Mt Wellington, you will also discover the mountains of Sleeping Beauty, Collins Cap and Cathedral Rock as well as a diversity of plant and animal life reflecting the many micro-climates that exist in Mount Wellington Park.
The views just keep getting better and better.
You will also find many awe-inspiring walking tracks that lead into the Park from the city and suburbs. Walks range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs through cool forests, springs, cascades, waterfalls, and the remarkable soaring columns of the Organ Pipes.
Wherever you look, Kunanyi / Mount Wellington Lookout has endless of breathtaking views.
Kunanyi / Mt Wellington features a landscape of sub-alpine flora and lichen-encrusted boulders that become snow-capped during the winter season (sometimes in summer too) and is an impressive 1,270 metres alpine peck above sea level, and the lower slopes are filled with lush and thick forests that are crisscrossed by many wonderful walking tracks.
It feels like you are standing on top of the world - but standing on top of the world comes with a price, a windy price!
The Pinnacle Observation Shelter and Lookout undeniably offers one of the best breathtaking views in Tasmania with views of the city below to the east, the Derwent estuary, and on a clear day glimpses of the World Heritage area of nearly 100km west. Views of the most distinctive feature of Mount Wellington are the cliff of dolerite columns known as the Organ Pipes- which can also be seen here.
The spectacular 'Organ Pipes' rock formations can be seen in the distance...
The Pinnacle at the summit is also home to extreme weathers and the observation decks provide vistas that steal your breath away even on an overcast day where the peak rises above cloud level and looks out over a magical carpet of cotton-topped clouds!
The 'Tower' is located near carpark at the top of the Summit...
During the Great Depression, the mountainside was hacked out- the summit road which winds up from the city through spectacular thick temperate forest, opening out to lunar rockscapes at the summit. And today, this breathtaking mountain is Hobart's strong, silent guardian and you cannot help but feel immersed by its beauty.
The Pinnacle Area sits at 1270 metres above sea level!
There is no other city in Australia that offers vistas like this one. The interpretation centre at the Observation Shelter not just protects you from the blustering winds but also offers informative boards, where no doubt you will be surprised by the interesting facts of this natural wonder.
There are endless stunning views...
There are barbeques, picnic areas and bushwalking trails to suit all fitness levels as well as mountain activities including bike trails and abseiling.
The natural rock formations at the Lookout are just incredible...
The Pinnacle Observation Shelter at the summit is open from 8am-10pm during daylight savings and 8am-4:30pm during the winter. The open-air lookouts at the summit can be accessed anytime.
Inside the Pinnacle Observation Shelter...
There are plenty of car spaces in the carpark at the summit or the Hobart Shuttle Bus Company runs daily two-hours to the summit.