Mount Nelson Lookout, Hobart

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Not just another observation deck, Mount Nelson Lookout was once a signal station, built in 1811 to relay messages to and from Port Arthur. Today, this popular attraction provides panoramic views of the city and the surrounding region, and includes a convenient café, sheltered picnic tables, barbeques, and a large parking area. This is also the site of the Truganini Reserve, named after a woman believed to be the last full-blooded Tasmanian aboriginal. This area of protected bushland is open to visitors, who can hike trails following a creek and leading through lush eucalyptus vegetation. Stop by the lookout to take photographs, get some exercise, and enjoy a picnic with a postcard-like view. Put Mount Nelson Lookout on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hobart trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • Nice views over Hobart and its Bay. The site is less highlighted that the mount Wellington however the short climb worth it. Opportunity to join Sandy beach for a walk.
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  • The view from here helps put the geography of Greater Hobart together. Views to Bruny Island, Iron Pot, South Arm, Eaglehawk Neck, the northern suburbs, Mt Direction and Mt Wellington all fall into pl...  more »
  • The pristine air of Hobart will enthrall you if you choose to visit this "icon" of local Hobartians. The view from Mt Nelson is utterly spectacular and what's more; it's FREE! Just in case you're thir...  more »

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