Mount Nelson is where the Signal Station was built in 1811 to announce the arrival of any ships sighted. It was linked with other signal stations, so that a message could be passed between here and Port Arthur within twenty minutes. Inside the tiny old Station building, you can learn the codes used for the signals. There is an excellent view from here and a tearoom is available. There is also a walking track, so that you can, if you wish, take the bus up its twisting route and return on foot down the slopes of the mountain.
One of the great sights of Hobart is the view from the top of Mt. Wellington. Mt. Wellington rises to a height of 1,270 metres and provides a magnificent backdrop to the city of Hobart. At the top of the mountain it is generally cool, if not cold. One problem with this excursion is that it is often misty up there too, so try to pick a good day. The view on a fine day is truly magnificent. The whole of Hobart and the Derwent Estuary lie spread below you.
For a small piece of land, Tasmania packs a lot of punch. It's home to some of the most staggering and diverse scenery in the whole country, and Mt. Fields National Park is a perfect example.