The Organ Pipes, Mount Wellington, Hobart

Trish Meyer

Denhams Beach, Australia

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The beautiful city of Hobart, capital of the island state of Tasmania, Australia, is nestled at the base of Mount Wellington.
The distinctive “Organ Pipes” of the mountain were photographed from the walking track between Ferntree and O’Grady’s
Falls. Rising 1270 metres (around 4,000 feet) above Hobart’s harbour and the wide Derwent River, Mount Wellington provides
a wilderness experience within 20 minutes’ drive of the city and is much loved by locals.

The 21-kilometre (13-mile) drive to the summit takes you from temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora & glacial rock formations,
ending in panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula. An interpretation centre at the top
protects you from the blustering winds and an open viewing platform on the western side of the car park overlooks the southern
World Heritage Area beyond.

Visitors can experience Wellington Park in many ways including strolling through cool forested gullies along the historic
Pipeline Track, or traversing Wellington Range in the saddle (on horse or mountain bike), four wheel driving along rough
mountain trails, climbing leaning dolerite towers, or camping out beneath the stars.

There are no entrance fees into Wellington Park, and no closing hours. The Pinnacle Shelter is open to the public during
the summer months (daylight saving) from 8am – 8pm, and during the winter months from 8am – 4.30pm. The Organ Pipes
are one of the most distinctive features on Mt Wellington, forming a magnificent sight along a track which runs just below
their base. The dolerite rock that comprises the towering, columnar cliffs was formed during the Jurassic period when
Tasmania was in the process of separating from Antarctica during the final stages of the breakup of Gondwana. The cliffs
are a favourite haunt of rock climbers.

(Information edited from Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website.)

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