Satisfied with conquering the Truganini Track on the southern side of Mount Nelson, I began my descent into Bicentennial Park. The track covers roughly 2.9 km spanning the crest of Mount Nelson and descending through a gully on the eastern slope to rest in lower Sandy Bay. From the summit, the track starts just east of the Signal Station, with a clearly marked path and signs guiding the way north.
There isn’t much history behind this one. According to the Hobart City Council, the park was formed in 2004, in an effort to preserve a remaning tract of native bushland. Apparently the effort has served to protect some native plant and endangered animal species.
Starting from the summit, a quiet gravel path winds through thin woodland giving the occasional view of the Derwent River, with glimpses of Hobart and the surrounding hills.
After a while, the track begins to fall amiably before plunging via rock steps and steep grades into the forest below.
Note: At this point, I was still relying upon my HTC One XL for photos. While great for snapshots, it’s never been terribly satisfying for reproducing close detail or vivid colour. Later posts will showcase my more recent work with a Pentax K-30.
Emerging at the bottom, the trail becomes a damp but rewarding path through dense bushland, following the banks of a nameless rivulet.
I followed the path to the bottom, where, nearing Churchill Avenue, I took the opportunity to divert to the northern side of the rivulet, to take the path ascending the opposite side of the gully. The forest was dense throughout the ascent, as the path cut and climbed through steep hillside. I was out of water and really pushing for the energy to continue climbing by this point (having already climbed Truganini Reserve two hours earlier.) So the only photo I really have of the climb is this final shot as I reached a break in the trees, towards the summit:
I eventually emerged on a quiet paddock of open grass behind houses near the top of Nelson Road.
I would say this walk took me roughly an hour. The only facilities are at the summit, and for someone attempting the entire walk, I would suggest carrying water with you. A climb of either side of the gully is taxing for the inexperienced.
Overall, the experience of the quiet forest at the bottom, and the wooded hillside upon the crest are well worth the effort. It’s an enjoyable jaunt through nature near the heart of the city 🙂
One can either:
A. Start on the Truganini Track, as I did, climb to the summit of Mount Nelson and then follow Bicentennial Park down to Sandy Bay
B. Drive or catch a bus to the summit, at the Mt Nelson Signal Station and Station Cafe, or
C. Begin the walk from the end of Lambert Avenue, a street directly intersecting Sandy Bay Road.
For information, check out Bicentennial Park and Lambert Park on Greater Hobart Trails.