Bike riding

Cycling in Wellington Park ranges from road riding above the tree-line, to a family frolic on the Pipeline Track – or mountain downhills and cross-country traverses on technical terrain. There’s something for everyone.

Bike riding image courtesy of Jupe/Bergshoeff and the Hobart City Council

Bicycles are permitted on formed roads and fire trails in the Park, and on selected walking tracks including the Pipeline and Radfords tracks. Mountain bike trail maps for the whole of Park or Eastern foothills can be downloaded (see box below) - these are now out of print.

Riders can plan their adventures using an interactive website. The site includes tracks and trail both within and beyond the Park, for walkers, bikers and horse riders.

Conversion of Old Farm Track

The City of Hobart is proposing to convert the Old Farm Track, between Old Farm Fire Trail and Main Fire Trail from a shared use track, to a single use (bicycle only), single direction (downhill) track. Council is currently seeking public comment on this proposal prior to seeking approval from the Trust.  For more information on the proposed conversion and how to make a comment go to the Hobart City Council website.

Upgrading of Radfords Track

Hobart City Council has installed chicane structures comprised of large logs and rocks at selected locations along Radfords Track. These chicanes are designed to reduce the speed which mountain bike riders can travel on the track. Radfords Track is a bi-directional, shared-use track, used by walkers, people walking dogs on lead and bike riders. These chicane structures will ensure that all users will have the opportunity to safely enjoy the track.

Greater Hobart MTB Masterplan

The Trust has endorsed the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Masterplan 2012, and included the relevant sections of the plan into the Wellington Park Bike Strategy.  This will allow the consideration of the Masterplan's recommendations for upgrading existing tracks within the Park, and for the provision of new bike tracks.  All recommended actions are subject to further investigation of natural, cultural and safety values.  Further information on the Masterplan can be found here.

North-South Multiple Use Track

The full North-South Track, linking the Hobart and Glenorchy foothills within Wellington Park was completed in late 2012.  A high quality construction, the track features forested and rock scree sections and superb views. This shared use track provides mountain bike access from the Springs to the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park, via Junction Cabin. The main trail provides a challenging ride for experienced cross country riders, with optional technical sections such as jumps and log rides. Constructed by the Hobart City Council and the Glenorchy City Council, track development has been guided by the Wellington Park Bike Strategy 2005 and the International Mountain Bicycling Association guidelines.

Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park

Located behind Tolosa Park, the GMBP was established in 2005. The track network is steadily growing so check here for the latest map update from Glenorchy City Council. The Bike Park was initiated by the Trust, Glenorchy City Council, the Office of Sport and Recreation and the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park Association Inc. to further develop riding opportunities within Wellington Park. Designed by world renowned course developer Glen Jacobs, the bike park offers a range of levels and styles of riding, and attracts local, interstate and international riders. Further information regarding upcoming events and how to get involved is available on the Glenorchy City Council website.

Riding in Wellington Park code of conduct

When riding in Wellington Park please follow the Bike Riders Code of Conduct and minimise your impacts by:

  • Respecting other trail users;
  • Staying on designated bike riding trails;
  • Minimising your impact on the environment; and
  • Being a safe rider.

A framework for sustainable bike riding is further detailed in the Wellington Park Bike Strategy 2005.

Riders on un-permitted walking tracks place themselves and others at risk, while also breaching the Wellington Park Regulations. Authorised Officers monitor trail use within the Park and may issue an on–the–spot fine.

Updates on track conditions, closures and volunteer opportunities are available through Community News.

For information on bike hire and cycle tours contact the Hobart Travel Centre.