The Mountain

The official website for information about Wellington Park – a natural reserve situated in Tasmania’s south.

Mount Wellington at dusk by Di Moyle

Bushwalking boots

Welcome to Wellington Park, featuring kunanyi / Mount Wellington, locally known as ‘the mountain’. The Park stretches over 20km west of the Mountain’s pinnacle, and encompasses 18,250ha. Easily accessible from Hobart, Glenorchy and other regional areas, this reserve connects the city to the bush, and the mountains to the waterways.

Wellington Park, and this website, are managed by the Wellington Park Management Trust.

Track works and closures

The Myrtle Forest Trail is temporarily closed. 

See the Community News page for further information.

Hot Coffee at the Springs

 A mobile food vendor is now operating at the Springs as part of the City of Hobart's Mobile Food Vendor Program.  The food van will be at the Springs from 10 am to 3 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, and possibly at other times as well.

See the City of Hobart website for further information.

Visiting the Park

Do your research before you visit as there is no information centre in the Park. Download maps and publications or collect them from the local Service Tasmania shop. Check sightseeing and facilities information. Read about the natural and cultural values of Wellington Park and consider things to do in the Park.

Entrance fees and opening times

Park entrance fees do not apply, and there are no opening or closing hours. The pinnacle observation shelter at the summit of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, however, is open to the public during the summer months (daylight savings) from 8am-8pm, and during the winter months from 8am-4.30pm. 

Weather warning

Be prepared for all weather conditions and carry wet weather gear on longer walks. Conditions change quickly, and temperatures are regularly below zero on the Pinnacle. Don't get caught without your coat!

Today’s weather at the Pinnacle

Rain increasing. Very windy.

Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Pinnacle Road Closures

Pinnacle Road may be closed at any time of the year due to snow and ice or other severe weather conditions.  Check here for road closures. 

Remote and Alpine Area Walking

Every year walkers - even experienced locals! - get disoriented and delayed or lost when the weather changes or misadventure visits. Visit the Ranger's Wrap page to learn how best to prepare yourself for a walk on kunanyi/Mount Wellington's paths less traveled. Read about the very recent experiences of two local, experienced walking parties who discovered what can so easily happen when venturing to the remote, sub-alpine and alpine areas of the Wellington Range.

 Fern Tree Park Master Plan

The Trust, together with Hobart City Council, have engaged consultant's Inspiring Place to prepare a master plan for the Fern Tree Park Entry Node area.  Please see the Community News page for more information.

Wellington Park Management Plan Amending Plan 2015

An alteration to the boundary of the Pinnacle Specific Area in the Wellington Park Management Plan was approved on 26 October 2015 and will be effective from 11 November 2015.  The maps showing the altered boundary of the Pinnacle Specific Area have been inserted into the Wellington Park Management Plan.

Unauthorised Posting of Notices in Wellington Park 

Please, contact the Trust Manager about getting a permit before posting notices, signs, ads, or handing out flyers or pamphlets and so on. Don't risk embarrassment and a fine! Read more about this in the Ranger's Wrap...

Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Masterplan update

Read the March 2015 Land Management Agency Update to catch up on the latest developments in Greater Hobart MTB track planning, building and maintenance. 

A New Name for the Mountain

As part of the Tasmanian Government's Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy Mount Wellington has been renamed "kunanyi / Mount Wellington".  This policy acknowledges that natural features and places in Tasmania were named by Aborigines long before the arrival of Europeans.

Bushfire Danger

Wellington Park will be closed on any days with an Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger.

Visitors should also take adequate precautions during days of High, Very High and Severe fire danger. Remote access should be carefully planned and include a strategy for quickly leaving, and visitors should consider the use of appropriate communication equipment. In the event of a bushfire in the Park, walkers should exit the Park immediately via the safest route.

For information regarding fire danger ratings and other fire information, please visit the Tasmania Fire Service website.

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From the archives of the Rangers Wrap.