From dry woodlands to windswept summits, Wellington Park is threaded with tracks and trails. Shorter walks in the eastern foothills are well suited to families, while exposed tracks extend beyond the summit of the mountain to wild and remote places.
Walkers should choose a route to suit as tracks vary in condition and gradient. Most are well marked and easy to follow, however, remote and higher altitude tracks may be rough or wet underfoot. Navigation skills may be required on some routes, especially during poor visibility.
All walking, shared use and bicycle tracks are graded according to the Wellington Park track grading system, which is derived from the Australian Walking Track Grading System and the International Mountain Biking Association Trail Difficulty Rating System.
Walkers can plan their adventures using the interactive website greaterhobarttrails. The site includes tracks and trail both within and beyond the Park, for walkers, bikers and horse riders.
Extreme and rapid weather changes regularly occur in the Tasmanian mountains. Snow, sleet and high winds are not uncommon, even in summer. Be familiar with your route, and let someone know your intentions and expected time of return.
Take the correct items for your walk as detailed in the equipment list. Ensure you are comfortable and safe for the walk you choose. Sturdy boots, warm clothing, waterproof jacket and overpants, food and drink and a map and compass should be packed or worn on longer and more difficult journeys.
If commencing your walk from Fern Tree, the Bush Walking Information Sheet may help you get started. It is recommended that walkers also carry the more detailed 1:20,000 Wellington Park Recreation map (available from Service Tasmania in Hobart, Glenorchy and Rosny and local map shops). There are numerous privately funded guidebooks and publications that feature the Park.
Plan your walk, reduce your impacts and ensure you leave no trace by:
- Taking only photos and memories and leaving only footprints;
- Ensuring your equipment is clean upon entering the Park to prevent the spread of weeds and plant diseases; and
- Using toilets provided when possible.
Fires may only be lit in fireplaces in designated huts and picnic areas using the wood provided. Fuel stoves (devices that use gas or liquid fuel) may be used anywhere in the Park. It is an offence to light any fire during a total fire ban.
Due to the risk of bush fires, the Park is closed to all visitors on days of Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger. Visitors are also not encouraged to access remote areas of the Park during Very High fire danger as evacuation may be difficult. For information on bush fire danger ratings, call 1800 000 699 or visit the Tasmania Fire Service website.
Mobile phone coverage is variable throughout the Park.
Management of the walking tracks in Wellington Park is guided by the Walking Track Strategy, cooperatively compiled by the Trust and the community based walking track working group (WTWG).
Walkers should be aware that some trails are shared use. Bicycles are permitted on formed roads and fire trails, and selected shared use tracks including the North-South, Pipeline, Radfords, Middle, Pillinger Drive, and Stumpside Tracks. There are also several bike-only tracks including Old Farm Track, Drops, and Pitfall Track.
For updates on track conditions, closures and volunteer opportunities visit Community News.