Many great cities have a great mountain watching over them. For Hobart, that’s Mount Wellington. A 30-minute drive takes you to the Pinnacle, which affords 180-degree vistas over Hobart and the islands rising between the Tasman Sea and the Derwent River. “Rug up,” as they say in Australia
, especially in winter when the observation shelter is closed and you’re at the mercy of those “southerly” winds from Antarctica
. If you need to warm up, grab a hot drink at the Lost Freight shipping container café at the Springs picnic area. Outdoor activities nearby include mountain biking, four-wheel-drive excursions, horseback riding, and rock climbing, but it really doesn’t get much better than a sunrise or sunset over the snaking Derwent River.