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Van Journal Week 6: Wet & Windy Hobart

Van Journal Week 6: Wet & Windy Hobart

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Bad weather always looks worse through a window…

Tasmania is almost synonymous with wild, unpredictable weather. But, what I didn’t expect was just how localised weather patterns could be. It could be pouring with rain on kunanyi while at the same time Hobart, just a couple of kilometres away, could be warm and sunny.

But still, the unpredictability gave us the perfect excuse to bunker down and get to work catching up on the necessities of digital work. This week I published over eight articles to add to the Tasmania archives and processed hundreds of photos. I’ve struggled with building backlogs of content over the past few years and one of my fiercest resolutions is to get on top of that habit.

But, week six wasn’t all just doom, gloom and laptop-square-eyes. We welcomed the rain and hit the waterfall trails around Kunanyi. Below are some of the highlights.

The Cascades

The Cascades at the feet of Mount Wellington (kunanyi) is a small suburb named after the many waterfalls. While they’re not the most impressive drops I’ve seen, the web of trails and tracks are truly beautiful. I’m sure I’m not alone when I confess that I never imaged Hobart to have so many beautiful tracks within walking distance of the city!

Some of the waterfall highlights from this week were:

  • Silver Falls
  • Secret Falls
  • Strickland Falls
  • O’Gradys Falls

Read more: 7 Waterfalls Near Hobart You Can See on a Day Trip

The Wellington Falls Hike

Fittingly, the largest waterfall on the slopes of Mount Wellington also requires the longest hike. When I say that, by no means do I mean it was terribly difficult. In fact, while still a decent 20-kilometres slog, the track was really graded and well-maintained.

The waterfall itself is again, not mind blowing compared to some of the others on the island. But still, I thought that it was pretty incredible that you could walk from the capital city and be surrounded by complete wilderness in just a few hours.

Read more: Wellington Falls and the Disappearing Tarn on Mount Wellington, Tasmania

Preparing for a Second Visitor

As this week drew to an end, we got busy once again making room for a visitor. This time, my dad had taken a week off his busy work schedule to come and visit us in Tasmania. It’s a place that he’s always mentioned that he wanted to visit so we’re really excited to have him onboard!