Frequently asked questions
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- How do I get to Wellington Park?
- Is the Park open all of the time?
- Are there maps available for Wellington Park?
- Where can I walk my dog in Wellington Park?
- Where can I ride my bike in Wellington Park?
- What picnic and toilet facilities are there in Wellington Park?
- What’s the weather like on the mountain?
- Are there any restrictions on access to Wellington Park?
- Where are the drinking water catchments in the Park?
- How big is Wellington Park?
- How high is kunanyi / Mount Wellington?
- Is Wellington Park a National Park?
- Who manages Wellington Park?
- Where did the name “Wellington Park” come from?
- Could there still be a cable-car on kunanyi / Mount Wellington?
- Is there going to be another hotel at the Springs site?
- When was Pinnacle Road built?
- Is there camping in Wellington Park?
- Can I get married in Wellington Park?
- Can I BASE jump in Wellington Park?
- Can I scatter ashes or place a memorial on kunanyi / Mount Wellington or elsewhere in Wellington Park?
How do I get to Wellington Park?
The main entry point to Wellington Park is via Pillinger Drive and Pinnacle Road from Fern Tree, although you can also access the Park from Lenah Valley, Glenorchy, Collinsvale, Lachlan and Mountain River. Detailed access information is available in the How to get there page.
When is the Park open?
Wellington Park is always open (except when emergency closures are necessary).
The observation shelter and toilets at the summit of kunanyi / Mount Wellington are open to the public from 8am to 10pm during the period 1 September to 30 April and during the winter months (1 May to 31 August) from 8am to 4:30pm. The open air lookouts a the summit can be accessed at any time.
Pinnacle Road may occasionally be closed due to snow or ice cover, extreme fire danger, or due to a community event. To check for road closures go to the City of Hobart website.
What are the entry fees?
Access to Wellington Park is free to the public.
Are there maps available for Wellington Park?
Yes. Various maps and books have been published regarding Wellington Park and recreational activities. Walking maps include the TasMap™ Wellington Park Recreation Map, the Trust’s Bushwalking Information brochure, and the TasMap 1:25 000 map series, available from Service Tasmania, Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres and various map shops. Suggested walks and information are also available at the Greater Hobart Trails website.
Other maps and information sheets are available for free at the Hobart Service Tasmania shop, Hobart Travel Centre, Fern Tree Tavern and Collinsvale Shop.
Bushwalking guides include:
- Mount Wellington Walks – Jan Hardy and Bert Elson (1993)
- Mount Wellington: Its History, Walks and Facilities – Greg Buckman (2000)
Where can I walk my dog in Wellington Park?
As shown in the Dog Information Sheet, dogs are permitted on a lead on walking tracks and fire trails in the lower eastern foothills of Mount Wellington (the area below Pinnacle Rd from the Springs to Big Bend), on the trails immediately above Tolosa Park in Glenorchy, and on Jefferys Track and White Timber Trail.
Dogs must however be confined to a vehicle at the Pinnacle (kunanyi / Mount Wellington). Dogs are prohibited in picnic areas of Wellington Park such as The Springs and Fern Tree Park unless travelling to or from tracks where dog walking is permitted. Owners should be aware that dog access areas are multiple use and managed for the enjoyment of all Park users.
See the dog walking pages for more information.
Where can I ride my bike in Wellington Park?
Bike riding is permitted on formed roads and fire trails, and certain nominated shared use walking tracks. These provide a good network of riding trails throughout the Park and are intended to allow riders and walkers to comfortably share use of the trails. Bike maps are available for free from this site or may be purchased from bike and map shops in Hobart. See the bike riding pages for more information.
The Trust has also worked with the Glenorchy City Council and bike riders to build the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park, a state-of-the-art mountain bike facility between Tolosa Park and Wellington Park in the Glenorchy municipality.
What picnic and toilet facilities are there in Wellington Park?
Wellington Park offers a range of picnic sites from Fern Tree to the Chalet on Mount Wellington, and Myrtle Forest near Collinsvale. Visitors can enjoy an open fire (except during total fire bans) at a number of locations in designated fire places (fire wood is provided). Gas barbecues are provided at The Springs. Toilets are available at Myrtle Forest, Fern Tree Park, The Springs and the Pinnacle. Water is naturally occurring in areas such as Myrtle Forest and the Chalet, however the quality of the water cannot be guaranteed. Visit the Sightseeing and facilities pages for a full list of picnic sites in the Park.
What’s the weather like on the mountain?
The Pinnacle can be beautiful in calm conditions, and menacing in windy and wet weather. You should always be prepared for extreme conditions whether visiting on foot or by car. Visit the weather pages and check the current weather conditions on the mountain.
Are there any restrictions on access to Wellington Park?
Yes. Many areas of Wellington Park are used as drinking water catchments by local authorities for the purposes of supplying drinking water to households. There are three broad Restricted Areas in the Park: two areas in the Glenorchy City Council management section and one in the Hobart City Council management section, and entry is by permit only.
Some recreational activities are also restricted in the Park – these are governed by the Management Plan and the Wellington Park Regulations 2009. For example, trail bikes are prohibited from the Park, but 4wd vehicles and horses may access certain fire trails by permit only. Visit recreation permits pages for more information.
Where are the drinking water catchments in the Park?
The catchments cover two large areas on the northern and southern faces of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, and one smaller area around Lime Kiln Reservoir. The larger northern catchment covers Knights Creek and Humphreys Rivulet, whilst the southern catchment covers the North West Bay River. Click here for further information on drinking water catchments within the Park.
How big is Wellington Park?
Wellington Park is just over 18 250ha in size (1 hectare per 10 000 m²) making it one of the largest reserved areas in the state of Tasmania outside of the World Heritage Area. The Park is 30km from east to west and has a perimeter of 139km.
How high is kunanyi / Mount Wellington?
kunanyi / Mount Wellington is 1271m (4166ft) in altitude, and is the highest peak in the Park.
Is Wellington Park a National Park?
No. Although it carries the same status as a National Park, Wellington Park contains privately owned land (the area owned by the city councils of Hobart and Glenorchy), and thus cannot be reserved as a National Park. The Park is reserved under the Wellington Park Act 1993. For more information visit the Legislation pages within this website.
Who manages Wellington Park?
Management of the Park is co-ordinated by the Wellington Park Management Trust. Membership of the Trust is outlined in the Wellington Park Act 1993, and contains representatives from local and State government agencies, and TasWater. The Trust has prepared the Wellington Park Management Plan 2013, with on-ground implementation of the Plan carried out by the city councils of Glenorchy and Hobart, the Parks and Wildlife Service and TasWater.
Where did the name ‘Wellington Park’ come from?
Wellington Park takes its name from its major natural feature: Mount Wellington. Mount Wellington was named after the Duke of Wellington, who, in 1816, defeated Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Waterloo. Previously the mountain had European names including Table Hill, Montagne du Plateau, Skiddaw, and Mount Collins.
Prior to European settlement, local Aboriginal communities – the Mouheneenner – are believed to have known the mountain as Unghanyahletta and Pooranetere, however other communities viewing the mountain from further afield may have known it by other names. Recently, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre proposed kunanyi as the true name for the mountain, based upon records made by early European settlers. As part of the Tasmanian Government’s Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy, the name of the mountain was officially changed to kunanyi / Mount Wellington in early 2014, however the name of the Park remains the same.
(Source: Mount Wellington Its History, Walks and Facilities Greg Buckman 2000, and The Mercury)
Could there be a cable car on kunanyi / Mount Wellington?
The new Wellington Park Management Plan 2013 allows for the assessment of commercial development opportunities within specific development zones at The Springs and the pinnacle. This includes shuttle buses, cable cars and aerial ropeways, and funicular rail and cable rail systems.
Any development proposal would be assessed in accordance with the standards and performance criteria in the Management Plan. This includes the protection of biodiversity, and other natural and cultural values, while maintaining recreational and tourism access. The Trust has endorsed a Sustainable Transport System to guide future transport opportunities and management.
Is there going to be another hotel at the Springs site?
There is currently no proposal for another hotel at The Springs, however proposals for tourist accommodation in the Springs Specific Area may be considered under the provisions of the Wellington Park Management Plan 2013. A day use visitor centre and cafe had been approved for the Springs but the developer decided not to proceed and the permit for this development has expired. The Trust and Hobart City Council will soon be revising the master plan for the Springs Specific Area to give guidance on the preferred location of new facilities. In the meantime Hobart Council has resolved to undertake interim improvements to the visitor facilities at The Springs. This includes refurbishment of the existing toilet and hut, provision of a new accessible toilet, delineation of parking spaces, new picnic tables and seating, new interpretation signage and replacement of wood fired barbecues with gas fired units..
When was Pinnacle Road built?
The first road works on kunanyi / Mount Wellington was the construction of Pillinger Drive between Fern Tree and The Springs, commenced by convict labour in 1888, and later finished by free workers.
The construction of Pinnacle Road was commenced in 1934, with the government of the time funding the project to ease unemployment during the depression. The Road was opened in 1937, and was known as ‘Ogilvie’s Scar’ after the then Premier of Tasmania, and champion of the project, Albert Ogilvie. Today, the scar is not caused by the Road, but by a power line easement.
(Source: Mount Wellington It’s History, Walks and Facilities Greg Buckman 2000)
Is camping permitted in Wellington Park?
Camping is permitted in some areas, however there are no formal camping sites or facilities. Camping is only permitted in the Natural Zone, (excluding car parks, picnic areas, access points to the Park, and along or within the vicinity of Pinnacle Road) – download the Management Zone map. Camping is not permitted in conjunction with horseriding or 4WDriving.
Campfires may only be lit in designated or built fire places when there are no restrictions in place. No campfires are permitted when a total fire ban has been declared.
Can I get married in Wellington Park?
Simple basic wedding ceremonies within Wellington Park may be undertaken without approval. Please note that it is not possible to reserve part of the Park for exclusive use and it will be up to you to find a quiet spot. If you wish to ‘erect structures’ such as tables and shelters within the Park you will need approval from the Manager. Please download the wedding ceremonies information sheet for more information.
Can I BASE jump in Wellington Park?
BASE jumping has a poor safety record and is currently not regulated by the Australian Parachute Federation, which, with the approval of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, sets the rules and safety standards for parachute operations and administers the sport in Australia. The only parachute activities allowed in the Park are those organised by members of the Australian Parachute Federation and carried out in accordance with the Federation’s rules and regulations.
Can I scatter ashes or place a memorial on kunanyi / Mount Wellington or elsewhere in Wellington Park?
The actual scattering of ashes is not expressly prohibited under the Wellington Park Regulations 2009. However, there are regulations against disrupting or interfering with other users (for example sightseers, picknickers, bushwalkers etc).
Memorials of any kind are prohibited unless you have a permit from the Wellington Park Management Trust.
Contact the Trust for further information.