In February, 1836, Charles Darwin climbed Mt Wellington during a visit on the HMAS Beagle. We drove a car to the summit, up the 13 miles of road which was hewn from Dolorite rock during the Great Depression. The panoramic views from 1,270 metres above Hobart take in Bruny Island, the River Derwent, the Tasman Peninsula, Storm Bay, the southern World Heritage Area and more. During the drive up the mountain the vegetation changes from dry schlerophyl eucalyptus forest at the bottom to sub-alpine flora at the top. The Pinnacle Observation Shelter contains information plackards and identifications of the mountains and other places of interest seen from the top of the mountain.