Last time we showed a short video clip that we made up from a few of our pictures that we took up on Mt Wellington. Today we will write more about our fun in the snow and show you some photos of this time.
As we drove up to the pinnacle of Mt Wellington we also drove into a cloud. The road up had been quite clear and we had a lovely view of Hobart and the Derwent River. At the top however this was no longer the case.
In fact it was difficult to see very far away at all. The tall tower and the rocks around us faded off into the white of the cloud that enveloped us.
Not only was it white with the mist around us, but it was also very cold and windy. In fact at one stage a wind gust caught our car door and suddenly flung it open!
Hobart to Mt Wellington Aerial View:
When on Mt Wellington be especially careful when opening and closing your car doors! We have since heard of stories of other visitors who had their doors bent back totally on their hinges so that they needed to tie the doors onto the car in order to drive back down the mountain.
Be also aware of the wind gusts that can catch your car door, rip it out of your hand so that it hits the car parked next to you. It certainly would not be a nice situation explaining to another visitor that you did not mean to dent their vehicle!
Since we were all rugged up in our warm winter clothes, including coats, beanies, gloves and even thermal undergarments we were all quite warm even in the cold wind and mist. You can tell from the photos that we still had a great time.
There are a couple of walks and lookouts up the top of Mt Wellington, but due to the weather and the lack of visibility we decided to just have a quick look around at the top and to hopefully make it back on a clearer day before we flew out to Melbourne at the end of our trip.
So we left the pinnacle and drove back down the hill a little to where we could park the car and walk up the mountain a bit to the snow so that we could have some fun. We saw other families doing the same thing at various spots along the road. Just watch out for the parking signs to ensure you are only stopping where you are allowed.
There unfortunately was not enough snow to use our toboggan, but there was enough for Tehillah to build a miniature snowman, which she named Dudley! Dudley was given little stick arms and prickly small branches as eyes.
She even made a bowtie for Dudley and we each had fun videoing and photographing him. I helped Tehillah place Dudley our mini snowman up on top of a large rock so that we could take some great photos of him.
Just after we took some shots, a sudden wind gust came by and poor Dudley leapt to his death. Tehillah was quite sad for a short time, but was happy that at least we had some fun with him before this happened!
Greg, Tehillah and I each got some snowballs and we had a little snowball fight in the snow. It was fun just clowning around and relaxing. Playing in the snow is not something that we can do back at home on the Gold Coast!
As we finished playing in the snow we started to walk back down to where our car was parked and the cloud opened up a little in front of us and we could see the sun shining on part of the Derwent River. You can see in the photo behind Greg the sun shining on the water with the cloud still all around the rest of the photo. It was a cool effect!
So if you are in Hobart then make sure that you drive up to Mt Wellington and check it out. I have even heard that it can sometimes get snow in the midst of summer. Because it is near the ocean the sea breeze can melt the snow, but it is still possible to find patches at different times of the year, depending on the weather.
In our next blog post we will begin our descent of the mountain. Once we were out of the cloud we stopped for some hot soup, a hot cuppa tea and some biscuits. Then we enjoyed a lovely walk out to Sphinx Rock where we met some inquisitive little visitors.
So until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life and Enjoy a Fun Snow Holiday!
Leanne Annett <><