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Explore Hobart's Hidden Jewels by Van: Fossil Cove, Cathedral Rock, and Mount Wellington

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Ready to spice up your Hobart travel plans with some cheeky charm? In this blog post, we're spilling the beans on three sensational, but slightly secretive spots – Fossil Cove, Cathedral Rock, and Mount Wellington – and we're showing you why going there in a rented van is like adding a dash of adventure to your travel cocktail.


Hiker overlooking kunanyi surroundings at sunset on a clear afternoon with a little mist surrounding the mountains
Credit: Emilie Ristevski

Fossil Cove: A Time-Traveler's Delight


shell fossils in the rock at Fossil Cove
look down on the sea bed for shell fossils

Buckle up, because just 20 minutes from the heart of Hobart lies a slice of prehistoric paradise: Fossil Cove. It's like a geological time machine, filled with ancient seashells, fossils, and stories older than your grandma's secret apple pie recipe.


Beyond its geological allure, Fossil Cove offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The sound of waves crashing against the rugged cliffs creates a soothing symphony, making it an ideal spot for contemplation and relaxation. It's an excellent place to simply unwind, meditate, or have a picnic amidst breathtaking natural beauty. The tranquility and seclusion of Fossil Cove make it a sanctuary for those seeking solace or simply a day of leisure.


Whether you're an amateur geologist or someone looking to reconnect with nature, Fossil Cove invites you to explore its rich tapestry of history while rejuvenating your spirit in one of Tasmania's most extraordinary settings. This geological treasure trove is a testament to the remarkable stories that Earth has to tell, all tucked away in a hidden corner of Hobart's coastline.


Cathedral Rock: Nature's Drama Queen


hiker climbing catheral rock and mount montagu on a clear day near hobart in tasmania
views from Cathedral Rock hike

Next on the playbill is Cathedral Rock, a true natural diva that's not afraid to steal the spotlight. It's the Meryl Streep of rock formations, boasting soaring walls and an open-air amphitheater that'll have you giving a standing ovation. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from Hobart, this is a must-see.


But Cathedral Rock offers more than just dramatic landscapes; it provides a sacred space to commune with nature and appreciate the grandeur of the universe. It's a place where time stands still, inviting visitors to embrace the silence and reconnect with their inner selves. This destination is perfect for those seeking a tranquil escape or a day of spiritual reflection. Its natural acoustics make it an excellent spot for soul-soothing meditation, and the untouched surroundings offers an ideal setting for a peaceful picnic.


Whether you're a nature lover, a spiritual seeker, or simply someone who appreciates the grand spectacle of the natural world, Cathedral Rock is an enchanting chapter in Hobart's story that's waiting for you to explore. So, pack your adventurous spirit and get ready to applaud the grand performance that is Cathedral Rock – the stage is set, and the spotlight is yours.


Mount Wellington: Hobart's Crown Jewel


Mount Wellington, the crown jewel in Hobart's tiara, is your next destination. This regal peak, often dusted with a powdered sugar coating of snow, offers majestic views of the city below. With your rented van, you're the king or queen of the hill. You can easily ascend to the summit, taking in the breathtaking cityscape whenever you please.


summit o fmount wellingotn on a sunny afternoon
Credit: Events Tasmania and Alastair Bett

Mount Wellington is not just an attraction; it's a transcendent experience that encapsulates the essence of Tasmania's rugged beauty. At its peak, the air is crisp and pure, and the views are boundless. The sight of Hobart's harbor and the sprawling city below, with its charming blend of heritage and modern architecture, is a sight to behold. As you gaze down upon this lively capital, you'll feel a profound sense of connection to both the land and the urbanity it cradles.

wodden boardwalk on mount wellington / kunanyi
Credit: Samuel Shelley

With a van, you have the privilege of experiencing the mountain's transformative powers throughout the day, from dawn to dusk. And when it's time to descend, you'll do so with a heart full of memories and a newfound appreciation for the natural wonders that Hobart has to offer. Mount Wellington isn't just a summit; it's the place where the sky meets the city, where you can experience the earth's splendor and city life in a harmonious embrace.


Why Renting a Van is the Sassy Choice


Let's get cheeky about why renting a van is the sassy choice for your adventure:

  1. Freedom: Having your own van means you're the boss of your journey. Change your plans on a whim, uncover hidden gems, and never miss a beat.

  2. Snugness: Your van is your cozy cocoon on wheels. It's where you nap, cook, and curl up after a day of exploring. It's like a snug little love nest for you and the great outdoors.

  3. Cash in Your Wallet: Renting a van often saves you some hard-earned cash. Plus, cooking in your van's kitchenette can be cheaper than dining out every day.

  4. Eco-Cool: Van life is eco-friendly. You'll reduce your carbon footprint while exploring these eco-lover's paradises.

  5. Memories for a Lifetime: Your van-driven adventure is the kind that makes you grin at random moments for years to come. The cheeky moments, the wild adventures, and the unforgettable memories will be your cherished souvenirs.

"Our favorite van to explore around Hobart is lutruwita"

This remarkable off-grid marvel offers you the key to unforgettable adventures in Tasmania. Complete with a snug double bed, illumination, refrigerator, cooking essentials, and much more, lutriwita guarantees a comfortable sojourn amid the natural world for extended periods. Equipped with a 50-liter water tank and solar panels delivering 220V power, it's the ultimate choice for spending a few secluded nights away from the crowds. Its expansive windows provide an all-encompassing 360° perspective, making it the perfect choice for taking in the breathtaking scenery of Bruny Island.

In a nutshell, Fossil Cove, Cathedral Rock, and Mount Wellington are Hobart's secret sauce – the stuff that legends are made of. So, pack your bags, rent that van, and dive into a sassy adventure that'll make your cheeks hurt from smiling. These Tasmanian treasures are ready and waiting for your mischievous spirit. Hobart's natural wonders are calling – and they won't take no for an answer! 😉

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