COLLINS CAP AND COLLINS BONNET DAY TOUR
Grade: T2 – Narrower but distinct tracks which can be muddy in some places, in pristine natural environments. Facilities are minimal and you will encounter few other walkers. These moderate tours require a reasonable level of fitness.
Two prominent peaks high above the Derwent Valley
Wellington Park, forming Hobart’s dramatic backdrop, contains many secluded trails that offer interesting experiences within close proximity to the state’s capital city.
One of these, the track to Collins Cap (1098m) and Collins Bonnet (1260m), on the northern edge of the Wellington Range, passes through a magnificent temperate rainforest remnant (including myrtle-beech, sassafras, leatherwoods and laurels – all spared during the terrible 1967 bush fires that engulfed most of Mt Wellington) and ascends a wet gully with several very pretty waterfalls before climbing through a sub-alpine forest of snow gums and yellow gums.
On a clear day, the views from the top of these two dolerite peaks are breathtaking – New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley to the north, and Hobart and the Derwent Estuary to the east – and well worth the effort of the final scrambles over dolerite scree to the summits.