The City of Hobart is shaped and defined by its harbour and hills.
Wrapping along the western bank of the River Derwent and its estuary and running back into the city-fringe bushland of kunanyi / Mount Wellington's foothills, the natural environments that surround Hobart are close by and easily accessible. Tasmanian Aboriginal people of the Mouheneener band lived among these hills, forests and shorelines for hundreds of generations before the first European ships arrived.
Soon after David Collins established a colony at Sullivans Cove in 1804, the first settlers ventured out into the bushland and around the river shores to explore their new home. Inevitably, after 200 years, the landscapes of Hobart have changed - but not entirely, not everywhere. There's a gully on Knocklofty that looks very little different to the way John Glover painted it in 1831. Casuarinas still grow on the shorelines of the Queens Domain, as they did when the first sod was turned for the Government Farm in the early 1800s. Joseph Lycett would recognise today's skyline of Mount Nelson in his 19th century painting of the mountain from Sandy Bay. And the blue bulk of Mount Wellington, apart from its road, communications tower and lookout shelter, looks much the same as it ever did.
Greater Hobart Trails
The Greater Hobart Trails website is an initiative of the Derwent Estuary Program in cooperation with the Tasmanian State Government, the Hobart City Council and five other neighbouring local Councils. These neighbouring councils include Kingborough, Clarence, Glenorchy, Derwent Valley and Brighton.
The website is a central repository for information regarding the best range of walks and rides in the Greater Hobart region. There are tracks and trails to suit everyone, from easy walks for the whole family to more challenging walks and rides for the more experienced. The tracks and trails allow you to explore the diversity of plant and animal communities, both terrestrial and aquatic, interesting geographical features and sites of historical interest. They offer a diverse range of environments from coastal beaches and bushland to hilltop vistas and rural scenes, taking in some of southern Tasmania's most stunning scenery.
The Greater Hobart Trails website provides a range of information on each track or trail in greater Hobart including where to walk, ride a bicycle, mountain bike or a horse, walk a dog, push a wheelchair and a pram. Other information provided on each track includes a general description on the type of experience to be had, the distance, level of difficulty, estimated length of time taken, the facilities provided, an inter-active map, photos and an elevation profile of the track.