Hello! This week’s TBT, is actually just from this weekend! However, I have done this walk many times over the past few years. Most often with Rory, and in fact, he proposed to me during a picnic we were having up on Mt Vic, so it’s very special to me!
Last Sunday was sunny all day which is a miracle. So I finally decided to do the walk again (I haven’t done it since last December), and this time to take lots of photos as I did.
I put in my music and good walking shoes, and I headed out. We already live on a hill as you can see, but the street leading up to the Mount Victoria walkway is super steep.
I decided to stop for a selfie at the sign which shows you’ve literally just started the walk. I couldn’t see if it was good as it was super bright, but looking back at them all, this was the best one I took.
So, this is one minute in. The slope starts off nice and easy, and you already get a lovely view of the city.
As you continue walking the path, you get surrounded by more and more trees and general nature. It’s nice to have this area literally a few minutes walk from the middle of town.
The only downfall of this walk, was that it had rained decently yesterday, so parts of the walk were super muddy.
But I carried on enjoying my uphill walk. Some parts were steep, but for the most part, it’s quite a nice gentle uphill climb. Lots of trees and sunshine around.
I love how crazy these trees look. So many random tiny branches coming out, along with really thick ones.
Looking up, you might forget that you’re pretty much in town, but lost in a forest (which you kind of are).
So I didn’t do the usual walk I do with Rory. I wandered up a different path and found myself at another entrance to the summit of Mt Vic. I still don’t know how I did that, but I carried on regardless. This entrance means you get to climb a short, but super steep hill to reach the carpark area.
I made it up with some effort (take that hill!!), and started getting snap happy.
Once you’re past the carpark, you have a few flights of stairs to climb before reaching the official lookout point. Halfway up, there is an old antique cannon that people often pose with.
I made it to the top and took in the sights. It never gets old, and it’s amazing on a day like this. It was pretty crowded up there for a Sunday morning, but that was to be expected. Everyone maneuvered around each other to take pictures.
After a while, I decided to walk back down. This time I wanted to go my usual route. I stopped for one final blinding photo of the other side of the Harbour.
Then I started the walk down.
On this track down, you can peek through the trees and see the city below.
I love the little areas where the trees suddenly reveal parts of the city. It makes a good natural frame.
These paths are incredibly popular and very well tracked. You can find joggers, runners, tourists, and people walking it every single day.
Another nice spot to stop and admire the city.
As you get nearer to the beginning of the track again, you can spot familiar sights you saw up on the summit looking closer.
Another reason I wanted to walk this way, is that I could show you our picnic spot, which also became the spot of the proposal. If you look straight ahead, to that hill in the back, where a big tree is sitting, that’s where we had our picnic. We had a nice view overlooking the city, and we didn’t have to drag our picnic basket all the way to the top. I can still remember that day so clearly (well actually I don’t remember the picnic too much, mostly just the proposal XD ).
This was around a 10 minute walk from the beginning again. I was really enjoying myself and even found myself running a little as I got closer to the end. Running downhill is so much fun. I will definitely do this again another sunny day!
This walk took me around 45 minutes, it took around 25 minutes to get up, 10 minutes of wandering around for pictures at the top, then 10 minutes to get down. I’d love to see if I can improve that. I probably could, since I don’t plan to constantly stop for photos next time XD
I have always loved doing this track, I didn’t do it much this past summer, but I hope to get back into it. Maybe I’ll even try running it with Rory sometime.
Do you have any favourite haunts close to your home? I’d love to hear about them 🙂
Ooh, also I want to say thank you guys for all the kind words you’ve left me on my video I made for reaching 700 followers! You are all too sweet, and I love the support and encouragement! I mean, this goes for all my posts really, but the video was something new and exciting, and I’m glad you’re all enjoying watching it as I had lots of fun making it 🙂