If you are headed to Hobart, I would definitely recommend taking a trip to the top of Mount Wellington. Although it is very windy, the view from the top makes it more than worth it.
With a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding mountains and valleys, this place is ideal for some great pictures. You can look right up the Derwent River past the Cadbury plant, east out to Port Arthur and its historic pennisula, south past Bruny Island and parts beyond.
This does close in bad weather though, so make sure you go when the weather is safe!
This was DEFINITELY worth the drive up. The whole thing probably took us about 2 and a half hours round trip, but that's because we stayed up top to watch the sunset. The view is spectacular, almost like looking down from an airplace that's how high it feels! The drive up is a bit of a rush, as you really feel how high you are. It was absolutely freezing up the top, even though it was a sunny day, and I was wearing a parka, scarf, and jeans. It almost felt like we were about to go skiing, that's how cold it was, so take really warm things to rug up in.
At 1270 meters Mount Wellington towers over Hobart and is visible from just about everywhere. It was suggested that we take a trip up as the weather was fine and the views should be good, they weren`t wrong. Its a long slow drive, the roads are often closed in winter and the following day there was to be a race from the casino in the city to the summit with the winner expected to arrive after about 4 hours.
This mountain, standing tall behind the city adds to the beautiful city skyline. Many enjoy the trip up to the summit of Mt. Wellington where you have spectacular views of the area around Hobart. There are observation decks up at the summit as well as an observation center where you can find shelter from the quite often harsh winds up there. In the winter, snow covers the mountain for about 2 months and the summit is off limits. I don't know when it will be, but on my next trip to Tasmania, I intend to go up to the summit!
This mountain overlooks the city. It's nice to look at, but it's better to climb and look from. The view are great. You can see the city and on a good day, the as far as the southwest corner of Tassie.
If you are really up for a hike, climb the mountain. There are roads and paths. The peak is just over 4,000 feet above sea level. However, you can take a bus up. Better yet, make friends with someone who has a car. :)
There is a small visitor center at the top and a car park but not a lot else, i didn`t see any toilets but fear not, there is a great pub half way down.
Scale to the top of Mt Wellington for a panoramic view of the entire city of HOBART!