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As close as you can get to nature

cricket Updated: Feb 29, 2012 22:54 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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The Tasmanians are proud of their state's heritage, culture and natural beauty and waste little time in telling the visitors that, "Tassie is different from the rest of Australia".

If the wonderful climb on the edges of the saltwater river, Derwent, to the visit to the Bellerive Oval - famous for being 19th century writer Charles Dickens' favourite walk - is not enough to prove why Tasmania is a tourist's delight, then a day out on the outskirts will blow your mind away.

Beyond description
Around 25km from Hobart, is Mount Wellington, a table mountain that lets one get extremely close to nature. Popularly called Kunyaki, the 1,274m mountain offers such panoramic view of the forest and waterways that one is lost of words.

And it's not just the view. The weather makes you feel as if you are in Scotland. Even on a normal summer day - as was the case on Wednesday - one experienced four different seasons in a single day. The overcast, blustery and bone-chilling conditions gave way to clear skies. And as the evening drew closer, there was a light drizzle followed by snowfall. By the time you realised it was actually snowing, the sun came out in full glory.

If you are a nature lover, you should visit Mount Wellington. It's amazing that after such a wonderful experience, one couldn't even remember Virat Kohli's superlative knock barely 12 hours back.

Back to reality
As you sip beer gazing at the setting sun at Bellerive after being so close to nature, you hear a group of youngsters discussing, "Will Sachin Tendulkar get his elusive hundred in Australia?"

It is then you realise that you are back in the real world!