Organ Pipes Circuit
Directions - Located 20 minutes from the centre of Hobart, take the A6 and then Huon Rd towards Mount Wellington. Snake up this road for a while until you see the sign pointing you up towards the summit of Mount Wellington. The Springs is located on Pinnacle Road before the summit with the Lost Freight Café near the trail head.
The Hike - With the Three Capes Lodge Walk finished it was decided we would stick around Hobart for a few days and visit Caris' sister as she lived just out of the city centre (everything in Hobart is 20 minutes away). Given they are lucky to have a mountain plonked on the side of the CBD with some epic views of the Derwent River and surrounding hills, it would be a shame if I didn't explore the area and get in a few hikes. After a couple of days of chilling out and doing tourist stuff around Hobart I decided to check out one of the walks that I had been looking forward to doing ever since we had planned the trip over, the Organ Pipes Circuit.
Being a decent length, showing off some of the amazing features around Mt Wellington and providing some fantastic views was the reason I chose this one as what would be my only Hobart hike of the trip. Being without a car during our stay I was able to borrow Caris' dad's Suzuki van for the half hour drive up to starting point for the hike, The Springs. A cool little area that is home to a few trail heads, it felt very North American with a coffee shop, a stone cabin and lots of information boards. I liked it a lot and it had the feeling of a place where people would just come to relax and enjoy themselves in the outdoors, rather different from the tourist infested selfie stick bun fight at the summit (which we did on one day but it was super windy so we didn't stay long). The Organ Pipes Circuit starts from the western side of Pinnacle Drive at one of the many informative boards in the area. I figured it would be easier to start closer to the actual Organ Pipes Track as the whole loop is a combination of different tracks so you'll need to be aware of the various trail junctions and which direction you need to go.
Starting on the Pinnacle Track you are thrown into the climbing straight away as the track makes its way through thick tunnels of vegetation up towards the summit. The ascent is not super steep but it's long and enough to get your legs burning, taking your breath away every now and then (much like the views a bit later on). Some beautiful stone stairs help your rhythm and a good collection of wildflowers in the scrub helps create an excuse to stop (not that you should need one to look at pretty flowers). The tunnels were doing a great job of blocking out the sunlight, along with the intermittent cloud cover, so this stretch was looking very photogenic and the details of the stone and old tree trunks weren't washed out. Breaks in the scrub provide a glimpse of the epic city views that become the norm further on and serve to build the excitement. A more sombre scene appears when you come across a small plaque marking the spot where a hiker had died competing in the "Go As You Please" race to the summit in 1903.