The Mountain, and the broader Park, are seen and valued in many ways. It is a playground, a laboratory, a reservoir and a retreat – a habitat and a home. The Mountain teems with life. Animal, vegetable, mineral – and social. It is a unique landscape alive with meaning and rich with stories.
The area is a natural and a cultural landscape. It is also a living museum. Ancient plant and animal species provide legacies from the super continent Gondwana. The Mountain shrimp Anaspides tasmaniae first found in tarns and streams in the Park in the 1890s, tells an ancient story of crustacean evolution. New discoveries of enduring life forms are ongoing.
The scale, integrity and diversity of the Park’s ecosystems are extremely significant. Variations in climate and soils make the Mountain one of the most biologically diverse areas of its size in Tasmania. The extremely high number of species, variants of species and assemblages of species (communities) makes the Mountain particularly significant.
In 1993 Wellington Park was established to protect the values of the Mountain and the surrounding area including:
- Ecosystems representing the non-living and living, including varied and endemic flora and fauna, and geodiversity;
- Landscape of major aesthetic importance including significant landmarks for Tasmanians and visitors;
- Good quality drinking water supplied to the greater Hobart metropolitan area;
- Rich cultural landscapes representing Aboriginal inhabitants and European colonists; and
- Extensive opportunities for appropriate tourism and recreation
(from the Wellington Park Management Plan 2005).
These values are managed by the Wellington Park Management Trust in co-ordination with member agencies, stakeholders and community.
For more information on Wellington Park contact the Manager.