Tasmania's kunanyi / Mount Wellington

With a 4am wake-up to make it up the mountain for first light, it didn't take long after arriving at the peak for me to realise that my Sydney wardrobe didn't stand a chance against the blustery pre-dawn conditions atop Tasmania's kunanyi / Mount Wellington... even if it was summer. I'm not sure I've ever been quite as cold as I was while attempting to catch the dawn from this pretty spot overlooking Hobart. Lesson learned: layers and lots of them. Speaking of layers, take a peak at these blues...

The couple alongside me up kunanyi / Mount Wellington had (sensibly) worn their doona.

The couple alongside me up kunanyi / Mount Wellington had (sensibly) worn their doona.

Good morning, Hobart.

Good morning, Hobart.

I was pleased to be in the car headed back into town for breakfast when these moody clouds brought the rain about a half hour after this picture was taken.

I was pleased to be in the car headed back into town for breakfast when these moody clouds brought the rain about a half hour after this picture was taken.

It'll come as no surprise, it was much warmer up top of kunanyi / Mount Wellington the previous afternoon..

This stunning view over Tasmania's capital, Hobart, is just a 30 minute drive from the centre of town.

This stunning view over Tasmania's capital, Hobart, is just a 30 minute drive from the centre of town.

The drive up kunanyi / Mount Wellington is windy and narrow, you'll want to take extra care. And if you're visiting in the winter months, be sure to check the weather. Road access sometimes needs to be restricted due to weather conditions.

Wild flowers on kunanyi / Mount Wellington in Tasmania.

Wild flowers on kunanyi / Mount Wellington in Tasmania.