Top Hobart Sights You Can See From Mt. Wellington

The city of Hobart unfolds at the foot of Mt. Wellington/kunanyi. No matter where you are in the city, the snow-capped summit waves hello from a distance. There are just so many places to visit in Hobart but getting to the top of Mount Wellington is considered the ultimate Hobart experience... or should we say a peak Hobart adventure.

Wellington Park is pretty much open at all times, unless some crazy weather hits and they have to close it for safety. So, you can totally go for night drives or catch that epic sunrise from the peak (the open air lookouts are always open!).

Whether you choose to cycle, drive, hike, or hop on a bus to get to the top, a Mt. Wellington tour promises to be incredible in every way possible. Along the way, you'll get a whiff of those eucalyptus forests that smell amazing. And when you make it to those high-up alpine plateaus, it's like the whole world just goes on forever in every direction.

When you finally reach the peak…well, let us paint a picture of the breathtaking sights that await you from the summit!

Spot The Charming City Of Hobart

Hobart city with night lights

Just like you cannot miss kunanyi from Hobart, you cannot miss Hobart from the mountain. From this vantage point, you can enjoy a spectacular vista that encapsulates the city's character and natural beauty. Spot the iconic Hobart port in the distance,with its bobbing boats and historic piers, glistening in the sunshine.

If you take a closer look, you might recognise some of Hobart’s iconic landmarks. Perhaps the grand façade of the Salamanca Market or the historic sandstone buildings, such as Battery Point's charming cottages. The charming buildings and winding roads, interwoven like threads in a tapestry, collectively make up the city.

The Incredible Derwent River

Derwent River flowing under the Tasman Bridge

If you thought the Derwent River was pretty up close, you will be delighted to find out that from afar it is truly magical! A shimmering blanket of blue in contrast with the colourful urban sprawl of Hobart. The city’s vibrancy is beautifully juxtaposed against the tranquillity of the river.

From up high, there's something strangely calming about watching some of the Hobart cruises gracefully glide on the river. It is like catching a sneak peek of life going on somewhere else. You can also enjoy fantastic views of the Tasman Bridge stretching across the river. The view of the bridge from the mountain is particularly striking when it is illuminated at night.

The Derwent River is beautiful at all times but at sunrises and sunsets, it is something else. The river becomes a liquid mirror, dutifully reflecting the pinks, oranges, and purples of the sky. It's a sight you won't want to miss, and it's a little reminder that sometimes, nature likes to show off, too.

On A Clear Day…
When there are no clouds in the sky to eclipse your views, guess what all you can spot from the peak? You can see as far as the great Tasman Peninsula! The peninsula is famous for its dramatic coastal cliffs and historic sites like the Port Arthur Historic Site. You cannot obviously see the intricate details of its geography, but you can make out the silhouette of some of its notable landmarks including the rugged coastline and perhaps even the outline of some of the prominent sea cliffs that the peninsula is known for.

Also spot Bruny Island and the green of the South West Wilderness area in the distance! The island may appear as a distant landmass on the horizon, you won’t be able to see its rugged coastline and all. However, the view of Bruny Island from the summit adds to the breathtaking panorama and showcases the diversity of landscapes in the region.

Look Up At The Sky

A night sky in Hobart filled with millions of tiny stars

What is a better spot to look at the sky than the highest point of the region? The peak is paradise for skygazers. Watch the sky become a canvas and change colours according to the weather. On some days the clouds engulf the sky and everything around you. On the others it is a clear blue expanse that has no end. And then, there are those magical moments when the setting sun bathes the sky in golden hues.

But the real magic happens at night. The dark canvas above becomes sprinkled with stars, inviting you to get lost in the mysteries of the universe. The clear night skies from the mountain are a draw for astronomy enthusiasts. Due to its elevation and relative lack of light pollution, there are ample opportunities for stargazing and astrophotography here.

When you are on top of Mt. Wellington, make sure to spare a minute to look up. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

In every way, a visit to Mount Wellington is an unforgettable experience that connects you with nature's beauty and the vastness of the universe. There is no better place to appreciate Tasmania’s geographical diversity than this peak. But you know what? Don't just take our word for it. So, why not plan a trip to Hobart and experience the beauty and wonder of Mount Wellington for yourself?