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In Darwin’s Footsteps

1:30 | 07/08 | Hobart

Retracing Charles Darwin’s climb

Join Walk on kunanyi for a series of short leisurely walks that follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin’s climb up Hobart’s glorious kunanyi/Mount Wellington. The small-group tour will leave by van from Hobart’s historic waterfront, and commence with a short stroll up the first part of Myrtle Gully, with it’s towering tree ferns at which Charles Darwin marvelled. However, this was the scene of his first failed attempt.

We will return to our vehicle and continue up the mountain, then take the short walk to the Octopus Tree – a high Eucalyptus tree with a plethora of roots that have grown over a large boulder, a famous site to see on kunanyi.

We continue on to the Springs at 700m, where we relax and enjoy a hot refreshment and snack. We jump back in the vehicle and continue on up to the summit, where we can take in the sights of Hobart and beyond and marvel at the range of environments that the mountain offers from the coastal through to the alpine plateau.

The Details

  • Tour duration 3.5 hours
  • Walk duration 1.5 hours
  • Distance 3km
  • Elevation gain for each walk 50m
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Effort Easy
  • Pastries, fresh fruit, tea, coffee
  • Meet at 1.30pm at the corner of Franklin Wharf and Hunter St

Included, or self-drive if preferred

COVID-19 Entry Conditions.

  • Please maintain social distancing where possible.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands often.
  • Masks are encouraged. 
  • Please follow all COVID signage and the direction of Festival staff. 
  • If you are unwell, please stay home (see the Walk on Kunanyi website for refund details) 

In Darwin's Footsteps is presented as part of Beaker Street Festival in partnership with