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Mount Nelson, 5km from the city centre on the southern outskirts of Hobart, was the site of one of a chain of semaphore stations which realyed messages to and from Port Arthur. The signalman's cottage is still there.
Mount Nelson is now the location for a restaurant, picnic area and lookout. It is a useful standby as a vantage point to see Hobart if the weather puts higher Mount Wellington in the clouds. Here, one 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 (named after the woman who is thought to have been the last full-blooded Tasmanian aboriginal) protects an area of native bushland on the south-east flank of Mount Nelson. Take a 90-minute return bushwalk (4.2 kilometres) downhill 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. Visit the Truganini Memorial, dedicated to all the Tasmanian Aboriginal people and their descendants.