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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. Arrange to visit Mount Nelson Lookout and other attractions in Hobart using our Hobart trip itinerary planner.
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Hobart features a varied selection of budget and mid-range rooms located within striking distance of the central business district. You can choose from single rooms in small but comfortable hotels, or spacious suites with sweeping views of the Derwent River. If you want to avoid the central areas, look for rooms in North Hobart, where you can stay moments away from some of the city's finest restaurants. Throughout the city, backpacker hostels and pubs with rooms for rent provide another affordable alternative for those traveling on a shoestring.
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  • Great place to visit on a clear day. Several lookout areas and walking tracks all with great water views. Some very interesting history of the old signal station and its operation. Can be quite windy ...  more »
  • We had a very enjoyable few hours at Mount Nelson Lookout. Beautiful views down the Derwent River and back to the city. Lunch in the restaurant was delicious, seafood chowder was a highlight. Excellen...  more »
  • Well worth the trip but if the weather is inclement I wouldn't advise a visit. It can be quite cold even in the summer so take a jacket  more »