Mount Nelson and Truganini Reserve is a conservation area south of Hobart. Mount Nelson is 10 minutes’ drive from Hobart (five kilometres) en route to Kingston.
Originally the site of one of a chain of signal stations that linked Hobart Town with Port Arthur, Mount Nelson is now the location for a restaurant, picnic area and lookout in addition to one of Hobart’s oldest residential areas. Here, you can enjoy sweeping views of Hobart and Storm Bay from the lookout or call into Mt Nelson Signal Station Restaurant for great coffee or a delicious light lunch.
The Truganini Reserve protects an area of native bushland on the south-east flank of Mount Nelson. You can take a 90-minute return bushwalk (4.2 kilometres) descending from the Signal Station to Sandy Bay, The track follows the course of Cartwright Creek through a range of vegetation from eucalypt woodland to a sheltered rainforest-like gully. You can visit the Truganini Memorial, dedicated to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people and their descendants; look for wild flowers dotted throughout the bush and listen for the song of native birds, including the endangered swift parrot.