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Hobart in Tasmania is the only capital city in Australia with a mountain backdrop as significant as kunanyi/Mount Wellington. It is dual named to recognize Aboriginal people as the first inhabitants of Australia and to celebrate their living culture, traditions and language.

The mountain has much to offer residents and visitors alike. It rises to 1,271 meters and creates its own micro-climate. It can be snow-covered, sometimes even in summer, and the lower slopes are thickly forested but criss-crossed by walking and biking tracks. There is a sealed but narrow road to the summit, and there is now a controversial proposal to build a cableway to the top.

The summit provides spectacular views of the city below and to World Heritage listed landscapes in the distance. Seen from Hobart, a distinctive feature are the cliffs of dolerite columns known as the Organ Pipes which are a draw to rock climbers. Unfortunately there is also an even more prominent transmission tower.

 

testHobart is the only capital city in Australia with a mountain backdrop as significant as kunanyi/Mount Wellington. It was recently dual named to recognize the Aboriginal people's status as the first inhabitants of Australia and to celebrate their living culture, traditions and language.<br/><br/>The mountain has much to offer residents and visitors alike. It rises to 1,271 meters (4,170 ft) and creates its own weather micro-climate. It can be snow-covered, sometimes even in summer, and the lower slopes are thickly forested but criss-crossed by walking and biking tracks. There is a sealed but narrow road to the summit, and now a controversial proposal to build a cableway to the top. <br/><br/>The summit provides spectacular views of the city below and to the east, of the Derwent River valley and also glimpses of World Heritage listed rainforest to the west. From Hobart, a distinctive feature of the mount are the cliffs of dolerite columns known as the Organ Pipes which draw rock climbers to the area. But then there is also the even more prominent ugly transmission tower.