Images and words Marc Durdin
The Domain is a small hilly area of bushland just north east of the Hobart CBD and runs parallel to the magnificent Derwent River. This area was set-aside as an area to “belong to the people“. The Domain is a great little climb within 5 minutes ride of the city centre. The climb starts at the bottom of Carriage Drive, a smooth little one way road that winds its way up the Domain. Be aware that the road becomes two-way half way up the climb.
The climb starts on a gentle gradient, which may lure you into a false sense of security. It’s easy to sit on speeds up to or even over 30 km/h. When you round a bend half way up you’ll be in for a rude shock as the gradient triples! This is guaranteed to pour that lactate pain in as you drop through the gears.
Immediately after the steep pinch, the road levels out for a couple hundred metres. Where no doubt you’ll work hard to put the pace back on again. On reaching a 4 way intersection, turn right (don’t forget traffic in your pain-induced haze). Then you need to follow the curves in the second half of the climb around to the summit of the hill.
This is a great little climb which will get you coming time and time again.