How to get there
Walk, pedal, drive or catch a shuttle bus – there are many ways to get to Wellington Park but Pinnacle Road is the only vehicle route to the summit of kunanyi / Mount Wellington. And why not check out the weather on the mountain to ensure that you have the right gear for your visit?
Winter access: Pinnacle Road
Whilst every effort is made to ensure Pinnacle Road is accessible at all times, access may be restricted over the winter months due to accumulation of snow and/or ice on the road surface. Please check the City of Hobart website before departure or call 03 6238 2711. The Trust has also produced an information sheet to help visitors have an enjoyable and safe experience during snow periods when the road is closed.
Winter Shuttle Service
A privately operated tour company operates an all wheel drive shuttle service to take visitors up the mountain when the road is closed due to snow (as long as conditions aren't too severe!) Contact the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre on Davey St for more information and to book your spot.
To Fern Tree, The Springs and the Pinnacle
Take Davey Street (A6) westwards out of Hobart. Keep in the right lane and continue straight ahead towards Fern Tree on to Huon Road (B64). (Do not turn left into the Southern Outlet at this point.) Continue up Huon Road (B64) towards Fern Tree and kunanyi / Mount Wellington. To access walks and facilities in the Fern Tree area, please park in Stephnson Place or in the Fern Glade parking area only. There is no public parking in the Fern Tree Tavern carpark.
To reach kunanyi / Mount Wellington and The Springs, turn right into the C616 (Pinnacle Road) just before the township of Fern Tree (approximately 8km from Hobart). The Springs area is approximately 3.5km from Fern Tree and is 720m above sea level. The Pinnacle, at 1270m, is a further 9km from the Springs. Parking is available at The Springs, the Pinnacle, and at various other points along Pinnacle Road. Pinnacle Road may occasionally be closed due to snow or ice cover, extreme fire danger, or due to a community event. Please check the City of Hobart website before departure or call 03 6238 2711. For safety's sake, please observe traffic management signage and follow any directions from traffic management personnel. Note there is no public parking available at the Fern Tree Tavern.
There are several privately operated shuttle bus services between Hobart and the pinnacle, one of which offers a scheduled service. There is a service offering wheelchair access, and a rack for carrying up to 4 mountain bikes. Contact the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre on Davey St to make a booking.
Metro buses run a service to Fern Tree, leaving from Franklin Square in the centre of Hobart. A number of tour companies operate tours up the mountain. Contact the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre for more information.
Fern Tree may also be reached on foot via the historic Pipeline Track, which links a number of Hobart’s bushland reserves. The Pipeline Track starts at Waterworks Reserve and continues on a mostly gentle gradient (some steps must be climbed at Gentle Annie Falls) to Ridgeway Park and then arrives at Fern Tree Park within Wellington Park.
Other access routes in the Hobart area include the Hobart and New Town Rivulet Linear Parks. These Parks start within the Hobart suburban area and follow the waterways up to the Wellington Park boundary. The Park can also be accessed from a number of other directions by a network of walking tracks and/or fire trails (on which mountain bikes are also permitted) leading from Fern Tree, South Hobart and Lenah Valley.
To the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park, Glenorchy
To get to this side of Wellington Park, take the Brooker Highway North of Hobart for about 10 minutes. Continue through the roundabout at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds and then make a left turn at the next major intersection down Elwick Road. Continue along Elwick Road across the main road through the roundabout onto Eady Street, then around onto Tolosa Street. Turn left and follow Tolosa Street all the way to the end. This location is also accessible on the Metro bus route.
To Myrtle Forest, Collinsvale
To reach Myrtle Forest, take Highway 1 (Brooker Highway) northwards out of Hobart to Chigwell. Follow the C615 (Berriedale Road and then Glen Lusk Road) to Collinsvale, and then follow the signs to Myrtle Forest picnic area. There is a short uphill walk from the parking area to the BBQ shelter – visitors with special needs can obtain vehicle entry by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Service on 6165 4053.