When we shared a snap from our Hobart Rivulet walk via social media, one of Think Tasmania’s faithful Facebook fans asked for more detailed information. Or perhaps it was a Twitter tweet, come to think of it. Either way, we thought we’d share more of our photos and all the details here in one central location for everyone!
Hobart Rivulet Track: City to Cascades
We parked our car next to the former Johnstone Brothers Woollen Factory. The lovely heritage building in Molle Street appears to house a bodyworks business these days. There was a car park to one side with a signpost clearly showing the way to the Hobart Rivulet Track. So that’s where we went… through the car park (looks like reserved spacing) and onto the walking path.
The entire trail could take upwards of two hours, depending on the amount of time you dawdle. We stopped for photo opportunities (obviously!) but additional, optional attractions en route require an even longer dalliance. I mention this because of the parking situation. During work-days, the time-restricted parking on Molle Street may not be appropriate to start an unhurried walk from the Hobart city end, as we did.
Anyway, with our parking sorted, the rest of the journey was a piece of cake. Regular readers would be aware that I’m re-discovering the art of walking after a hip replacement, so we chose the Hobart Rivulet track for its gentle grading. And of course, we thought it would be a pleasant place to walk Coco. And it certainly was all that.
Walk This Way
From the city, the Hobart Rivulet walk was easy to negotiate. Only once did we hesitate, when a side track beckoned up a hill into bushy terrain. However, just before we potentially made a very silly decision, a couple of cyclists popped out from behind a building (housing a florist supplies business, from memory) and it was clear where to go.
The track was wide, mostly flat and suitable for bikes, prams and wheelchairs too. Along the way, there was an option to burn a few extra calories by taking the high track, up and over a steep hill. We chose to keep to the low road… only because we didn’t want to miss any chances to search for platypus. Otherwise, we’d have steamed up that hill, for sure!
Hobart’s Industrial History
At one stage, we did momentarily think we’d spotted a platypus. It stayed amazingly still while we grappled with the lens cap, and zoomed right in. And then we realised it was just a tricky log. Look to the bottom right of the photo below, and you’ll see our friend, the motionless platypus. And we still haven’t seen one of those damn creatures!
As we followed the track, there were plenty of options to read about the history of the area. The city’s main fresh-water source until the 1860s, so prized in the colony’s new settlement, was eventually muddied by the discharge from industry. Breweries, tanneries, flour mills and sawmills all utilised the water from the Hobart Rivulet.
Mount Wellington and Cascade Brewery
As we arrived at the World Heritage-listed Female Factory, the horizon was dominated by Mount Wellington more than ever. The Cascade Brewery also loomed ever-closer into view, the end-point of our two-and-a-half km linear walk.
To be honest, before I’d tackled this walk, a trek from the city to the foothills of Mount Wellington in South Hobart (and back again) sounded too hard. But I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were thinking we’d have the opportunity to rest and refresh at Rivulet Cafe (part of the C3 Church complex) in Anglesea Street. However, the cafe is only open until 4:30pm from Monday to Friday.
If a stronger form of refreshment is more your style, the Cascade Visitor Centre is an option… for those without dogs in tow! We took some time browsing the autumn colours of the Cascade Gardens and watching the ducks, before returning to the city again.