On the Clyde River, Hamilton is the ideal location from which to explore one of Tasmania’s most photographed natural attractions: Russell Falls. It’s an easy 20-minute walk through stunning rainforest to get to the falls, which cascade spectacularly in tiers into Russell Falls Creek; many people believe this to be the most beautiful waterfall in the state.
Mist in your hair, drive on to the capital, and the first thing you’re going to do when you get there is head for the summit of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. At 1,271 metres, the mountain dominates Hobart, offers incredible views, and can be tackled in lots of different ways. Numerous tracks and trails weave through the foothills to the summit and beyond, so you can combine driving and walking in a way that suits you – or join a tour that drops you at the top and lends you a mountain bike to get back down. Alternatively, try rock climbing, abseiling or horse riding.
Make sure you’re back in Hobart with enough time to jump on a ferry to the wonderful MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), packed with cutting-edge – and sometimes controversial – art including Amarna, a sunset ‘skyscape’ light installation by James Turrell.
Overnight in Hobart.
Russell Falls (Image: Cam Blake)