Tasmanian snowfalls are not unusual during winter, especially in the central high country or Ben Lomond National Park in the state’s north east. If you were looking for snow-skiing, that would be the place to head. But for those of us living near Hobart and looking for snow, Tasmania still provides an opportunity to throw a snowball or two!
Tasmanian Snowfalls: Snow Near Hobart
I’ve mentioned before that Mount Wellington can be a convenient place to have a snow fight close to Hobart. So when we could see snow-caps on the mountain across the River Derwent on Sunday morning, well it was just meant to be.
Hobart Tasmania: Mount Wellington Snow
Packed with winter woollies, we embarked on the journey up the mountain road via South Hobart. It didn’t take long before we started to witness the white trim along the edges, which quickly became a deep stack of snow.
It seemed like everyone else in town had a similar idea, as the traffic on the narrow road was quite heavy. I might sound like a broken record, but you really do need to be cautious when driving, especially in the icy conditions.
Tasmanian Snowfalls: Mountain Roads
The creation of the road was quite a feat, built in the 1930s during the depression. As with all development, some were opposed to the construction while others considered it a triumph of engineering ingenuity. Either way, the work must have been arduous for the men involved and there are plaques in the shelter describing the process.
Views from Mt Wellington
The views from the lookouts were stunning as always, with the added bonus of the brilliant white snow. If we needed respite from the chill factor, the indoor shelter was a great place to spot Hobart city landmarks, and way beyond.
Luckily, the spring weather was kind to us. It was quite windy at the peak of the mountain, and you can’t have Tasmanian snowfalls without a chilly temperature. But with that accepted, it was a clear day and we could see past the piles of snow all the way back to where we’d taken the original morning photo.
Souvenir Snow Tasmania Style
Tasmania doesn’t get that much snow, and obviously our group wasn’t the only one impressed by the recent Tasmanian snowfalls. There were many car-bonnets decorated with souvenir snowmen for the return trip into Hobart. And some drivers had even stopped to load some of the Mt Wellington snow into the back of their utes with a shovel. I would be intrigued to learn what they planned to do with it?
We didn’t collect any snow, but we did have such a good time, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate with a lunch back at Elizabeth Street Pier on the Hobart waterfront. Well, that makes just as much sense as taking snow off the mountain. Don’t you think?