A cold misty visit to the summit of Mt Wellington

We decided that instead of going on a bus tour up to Mt Wellington, we would drive up ourselves.  On the chosen day there was some mist and cloud covering the summit but we thought we would take some lunch and eat it whilst waiting for it to clear away.  The summit is 1270 metres above sea level and the road is very steep and winding.  You are rewarded with magnificent views all the way up and there are various areas to pull over and take photos. Below are views from half way up and are of the Tasman Bridge, River Derwent, Hobart CBD and the Wrest Point Casino complex.

As we got closer and closer to the summit our ears were popping and the temperature was cooler.  We reached the actual summit and it was still covered in thick cloud. When we got out of the car, we could hardly see each other and it was bitterly cold. Fortunately we had our winter gear in the car and rugged up quickly. It was very strange watching the cloud/mist roll in quickly and cover everything thickly but a few minutes later it would lift slightly and you could see things more clearly.  Just as you were looking through the viewfinder to take a photo, all would be gone again!  We wandered around as best we could and went into the viewing platform to read about the history of the mountain.  It is officially known as kunanyi/Mt Wellington in honour of the indigenous peoples of Tasmania.  One of many people to climb it was Charles Darwin in 1836 and you can read about that in his book The Voyage of the Beagle. Sadly the cloud/mist never did lift during the couple of hours we spent there but it was spectacular none the less and we got some interesting photos.

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