|DISTANCE||3.3 km (4.3k m with dirt)|
|TIME FROM CITY||25 minutes|
|How to get to the climb: Cross the Tasman Bridge on the southern side, and ride through Rosny along Riawena Road. Then turn right on Rosny Hill Road, left on Bligh Street, right on Shackleton Street, left onto Mornington Road, straight through the roundabout. Keep riding and you’ll reach Tunnel Hill. Sounds complicated but actually pretty straightfoward when you get there.|
I am fortunate that Marc Durdin who runs a blog in Tasmania has allowed me to post some of the climb reviews that he put together around Hobart.
Images and words Marc Durdin
Mount Rumney is on the Eastern shore of the Derwent River in Hobart. It is accessed via old Cambridge Road from Mornington. The climb starts with a brief (and if you want, blisteringly fast) climb up Tunnel Hill. Then turns right onto Mount Rumney Road at the very crest of the hill. From here, the road has a varying gradient, but is never overly steep. Winding its narrow way around both sides of the hill. Alternating between views of Seven Mile Beach and the airport, and Hobart, the Derwent River, and Mount Wellington. Whatever point you are at though, the road is smooth, and the climb is great!
Tunnel Hill is named after the tunnel that was built under it as part of the short-lived Bellerive-Sorell Railway. The tunnel is not visible from the road but is easy to find.
The last kilometre of the climb is dirt. Some riders prefer to turn at the end of the tarmac (especially if you’ve been smashing it up the climb!). But it is definitely worth riding those last few metres for the views at the top. And for the telco tower. The dirt section is a bit steeper, averaging 10%, but not particularly difficult.
The descent is fast and windy and therefore fun. Because the road is quite narrow and sight lines are not great, it is important to be careful of oncoming cars.