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Mount Wellington, Tasmania

Updated on August 25, 2014
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.

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It's cold on top, but the scenery is beautiful.

The Foothills
The Foothills | Source

We're Off Together!

Come with me to Mount Wellington in Tasmania!

The last time I visited there, I was on a lovely cruise from Melbourne, across to western Tasmania and then back east and around to Hobart. The ship stayed tied up in the port for a couple of nights, so some Wycliffe friends came and picked me up, took me home for dinner and I stayed the night.

It was a lovely time of catching up. During my stay there, we went for a drive up Mount Wellington and, although this happened a while back, it was so lovely I thought I'd like to share it with you.

By the way, please do click on the 'Satellite' version of the map above, as it gives a much better idea of the area.

Early Days

Recently, I wrote about Flinders on http://blossomsb.hubpages.com/hub/Flinders-Victoria. If you read it, you may remember that Flinders and Bass were some of the first Europeans to explore around Victoria and Tasmania in their small open whale boat.

Well, guess what? George Bass was the first to climb Mount Wellington - on Christmas Day, 1798! It's not recorded that he reached the top, so he might have only gone partway up to walk off his Christmas dinner!

The Road to the Top
The Road to the Top | Source

The Road to the Top

The road to the top of Mount Wellington was commenced early in the 1930s to provide work for those affected by the Great Depression. At that time there had been much logging and the mountain was fairly bare.

The twenty-two kilometre long, rather narrow road from Hobart was completed around 1937. Fortunately, the trees have grown again and now add to the lovely scenery on the drive to the summit. At the top it remains bare and exposed to the elements, although there is interesting low lying flora there.

From the Top Towards the Sea
From the Top Towards the Sea | Source

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Names for Mount Wellington

I don't think I know of any other mountain that has had so many names! To begin with, it had three aboriginal names: Unghbanyahletta, Poorawetter and Kunanyi.

With the arrival of Europeans, the variety of names grew even larger:

  • In 1791: Table Mountain, named by Bligh and Bond, and Flinders was with them. It was because it reminded them of Table Mountain in South Africa.
  • In 1793: In January, Montagne du Plateau, named by Frenchman, Antoine d'Entrecasteaux (who by the way, also named the group of islands where we lived in PNG after himself).
  • In 1793: Skiddaw, named by Commodore John Hayes, after a mountain in England's Lake District.
  • In 1832: Mount Wellington, renamed for the Duke of Wellington after the Battle of Waterloo when he defeated Napoleon in 1815.

The Derwent Down Below
The Derwent Down Below | Source

The Derwent

The river looks so blue on a sunny day. It was named the Derwent in 1793, again after Commodore John Hayes' favourite area. It probably reminded him of in England, the Lake District.

Cloud Shadows on the Hills
Cloud Shadows on the Hills | Source

Tips for Visitors

Take your camera - the views are lovely.

Take a picnic and make a day of it.

Take strong shoes as it's not easy walking with all those rocks.

Take warm coats as it can be freezing up there, even in summer.

Walking Tracks

If you have time, park in the car park and take one of the several walking trails that lead to interesting spots like the Organ Pipes, the Springs or Rocky Whelan's Cave.

Rocky Whelan was a notorious bushranger who, in the early 1800s, lived in the cave and had a nasty habit of murdering bushwalkers on the Mount.

Rocky Outcrops and Interesting Flora
Rocky Outcrops and Interesting Flora | Source

At the Summit

At the summit of Mount Wellington there are the inevitable radio and television transmitters, but I was able to get my photos without them. There is also a lookout and this affords some lovely views - and also some shelter from the biting winds that seem to come straight from the South Pole.

In fact, there is usually plenty of snow there in the winter and sometimes there is even snow on the 4,170 feet high summit in the summer, making it a great place to visit on a hot day in Hobart.

I hope you have enjoyed the armchair tour as much as I have.

Framing a Pretty View
Framing a Pretty View | Source

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      dghbrh: I'm glad you enjoyed the 'virtual' trip, Deergha. thank you for your lovely comments about my photos, and for sharing and your votes. It makes me think I should make another trip to Tasmania, to see if it's still as lovely!

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Thank you very much for the awesome trip you have taken us along with you. The pictures are really brilliant. Very inclusive hub. Shared and votes up awesome.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Mel Carriere: Yes, it is. We went there ('overseas'!) for our honeymoon - from Victoria, Australia. Thank you I had a lovely Christmas. All the best for 2015.

      peachpurple: The first time we went there, we went by the overnight ship from Melbourne, but this time I flew. Thank you for your comments.

      liamhubpages: Luckily it isn't half-way around the world for me, just a short flight or overnight by ship, which is fun, from Victoria. It was lovely and the weather was better than back at home!

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      liamhubpages 2 years ago

      Wow the photos are amazing, I wish I could visit myself, if it weren't halfway around the world. Looks perfect

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, a beautiful place that one must if you have enough money to buy the plane ticket

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Looks like a lovely spot. I would love to travel there someday. Merry Christmas and great hub!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: Yes, it is lovely and, although I've seen it before, I don't go 'overseas' to Tasmania very often and it never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for your comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Lovely scenery and views that I would love to see but most likely only from your share of this amazing place. Sounds like you had a wonderful experience.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      MsDora: So glad you enjoyed my photos. It was a lovely place to visit and it's a privilege to share about the wonders of God's creation.

      LadyFiddler: Thank you for your lovely comments and so kind to share.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Magnificently beautiful BlossomSB I love your photos and the hub is great I'll be sharing :)

      Thanks much

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! What beautiful scenes and in your first photos, the hills seems so majestic. Great photography! Thank you for sharing the wonder of this part of God's creation.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      truthfornow: Yes, there are so many unspoiled places, but they're gradually being encroached on, unfortunately. I'm glad you enjoyed my story and photos.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Looks like a lovely space, unspoiled. Seems like a not so easy climb to a beautiful view. I would like to visit Australia one day. Don't know if I will make it there, so I am glad to have your pictures and stories to read.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Nadine May: You live in a lovely part of the world, too, and so much of it is similar to Victoria and Tasmania, as they tell me that they were once joined a very long time ago.

      Paula Morgan: Sunrise?? It must have been even colder then, but it's certainly worth going there, it's so beautiful.

      Jackie Lynnley: So glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your vote and sharing.

      rebeccamealey: Yes, it's lovely and I'd like to go back, too.

      greatstuff: It does have a good view of the sea, the Derwent and the Harbour. I could see our ship way down in the distance - which can happen on Table Mountain, too.

      PurvisBobbi44: I've visited quite a bit of the US, but have only read about the Great Smoky Mountains. I'm so glad you enjoyed this 'visit' - maybe you'll make it to Australia one of these days. Hope so!

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I love hubs about the mountains and best of all I love it when I can travel in the Great Smoky Mountains. I enjoyed this hub so much and it is nice seeing you again.

      Have a beautiful day in Australia---another place I want to visit.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      It does look like Table Mountain. From your photo, it had a good view of the sea. Is it also visible from the coastal area, like Table Mountain (which makes a beautiful photo shot)

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Gosh, what awesome scenery. I'd love to go there!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you for taking me on this trip! I loved it and you did it beautifully. Up and sharing.

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      Paula Morgan 3 years ago from Sydney Australia

      We visited Mount Wellingon last April - beautiful spot but freezing cold. Love your photos - it's quite magical to photograph isn't it. Despite the cold we stayed up there for an hour trying to capture the sunrise.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I have indeed enjoyed your armchair tour. The photos were also beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      lady rain: I'm glad you like them, it's not difficult to get good photos when the scenery is so lovely. The ship is fun but Bass Strait can get bumpy. I often wonder how it was for Bass and Flinders in their small open boat.

      ologsinquito: I think it is beautiful in so many places. We can always dream.

      FlourishAnyway: So glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your comments.

      Frank Atanacio: It really is lovely - and it was lovely to share it with you and all my hub-friends.

      always exploring: Thanks you, I'm glad you came along and enjoyed it, too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your photos are always so beautiful. Thank's for sharing another tour of Australia.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      what beautiful and majestic real estate you have here love the hub and thank you for taking us along :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I've never been to Australia but I sure enjoyed the hub trip today. I liked the unusual terrain and the history.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I've never been even close to Australia, but I imagine Tasmania is quite beautiful. Maybe someday.....

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      Wow, the pictures are so beautiful. I will have to visit Mount Wellington when I'm in Tasmania next time, will have to take a flight there because the Bass Strait gets a bit rough at certain time of the year.