Iconic Ascent

A classic walk for those who are fit and are up for a challenge.

Starting on the shores of the Derwent Estuary at sea level at Hobart’s historic waterfront, after a ceremonial touch of the water we will head off along the waterfront past parliament house and through St David’s Park. Once clear of the city we will follow the trail beside Hobart Rivulet past the World Heritage site of the Cascades Female Factory and stopping for a rest at Cascade Brewery, Australia's oldest.

We then hit the proper bush trails. 

Things start getting steep as we follow in Charles Darwin’s footsteps on the gorgeous Myrtle Gully Track through the stands of tree ferns and mighty swamp gums the tallest flowering plant on earth. After refueling on some of Tassie’s best tucker at Junction Cabin we continue the walk, rock hopping through a couple of dolerite scree fields up to The Chalet for another much needed rest.

We take a break from the ascent for a while along the flat Organ Pipes Track, packed with an array of flowers, things get steep again for one more effort up the Zig Zag track through the tree line and up on to the alpine plateau and pinnacle of kunanyi / Mt Wellington at 1271m. Take in the spectacular views enjoying a drink, looking down and where we started out from, touching the River Derwent.

The Details

tour duration

9 hours

walk duration

7.5 hours

distance

18km

elevation gain

1271m

difficulty

Moderate

effort

Hard

offered

Thursdays

price

$300

transport

Meet us in Hobart outside Fish Frenzy (restaurant) on Elizabeth St Pier. We will walk up the mountain and then transport you back to the Hobart CBD.

catered meals and snacks

Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, with extra goodies as we go. Tea and coffee also included.

choose this walk if

You are up for a rewarding challenge.

fitness level required

You can walk over uneven ground with some hills for approximately 15km. You should only do this walk if you are a reasonably experienced bushwalker.

family friendly?

No, but may be suitable for children over 15 years of age with a high level of fitness.

essential personal gear

Raincoat, drink bottle, warm layer, sun protection and personal medication.

requirement for doctor's letter

If you are aged over 72, have a heart condition, recent chest pain when exercising, or bone/joint illness which affects your ability to exercise, you must provide a doctor's letter to confirm that you are able to complete this walk.

appropriate footwear 

Lace up walking boots which have ankle support and firm treaded soles. Walking shoes are not acceptable. Dress shoes, high heels, and casual sandals or similar footwear are not appropriate footwear.

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Fri 22

Alpine Loop

22 February at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun 24

Mountain Gems

24 February at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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