Visitor & Recreation Strategy

The Wellington Park Management Trust has commenced a two-year project to develop a Visitation and Recreation Strategy (VRS) for the 18,250 hectare Wellington Park. The strategy will identify the visitation and recreational needs and opportunities that can be sustainably provided in the Park and provide recommendations and actions to realise these opportunities for the next 10 years.


The purpose of the Visitation & Recreation Strategy is to identify the visitation and recreational needs and opportunities that can be sustainably provided in the Park and provide recommendations and actions to realise these opportunities for the next 10 years. The Strategy is a key priority of the Wellington Park Management Plan and will inform any future reviews of that Plan.


Phase 1 of the co-design process commences in December 2019 and runs through until March 2020. The first ‘products’ of the co-design process, including a Draft Visitation & Recreation Strategy, will be completed by June 2020. The Visitation & Recreation Strategy project will be completed by June 2021. View the timeline and process design.

How can I get involved?

We are providing a range of opportunities for locals and visitors to be involved in the VRS process. You can submit an idea or suggestion for improving the visitor experience (takes 5 minutes); complete an online survey about your recreational use and experiences within the Park (15 minutes). You can subscribe to an emailed update (quarterly) within the survey form. You can also follow the project on Facebook. UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have suspended all face-to-face workshops and meetings associated with the VRS, until further notice. We are currently re-designing the community engagement process to make allowance for the disruptions caused by the novel corona virus outbreak. Please watch this space. 

Top 10 Tasmanian tourism destinations 2018/19

Chart showing that kunanyi / Mount Wellington is third in the top 10 tourism destinations in Tasmania in 2018/19

Source: Tourism Tasmania, Tasmania Visitor Survey

A loved place…

Tourism Tasmania data suggests about one in every four people visiting Tasmania (or about 333,360 people in 2018/19) include a trip to kunanyi / Mount Wellington, making it the third most visited attraction in Tasmania. However, when visitation and recreational use by local people is included, actual visitation to kunanyi / Mount Wellington is estimated to be at least 435,000 people annually.

Whilst kunanyi / Mount Wellington is the key focus of visitor attention, there is significant opportunity to disperse visitation and recreational uses across other special places within the Park. This would take pressure off the facilities at key sites such as The Springs and the Pinnacle, whilst enhancing the visitor experience by providing diverse recreational opportunities and reducing crowding.

The Trust will use the Visitation and Recreation Strategy to showcase and manage the diversity of experiences available across the Park.

What are we doing?

The VRS is being developed through a co-design process, which will engage local residents, visitors, recreational users, tourism operators and land management agencies in collaborative and inclusive planning and design activities.

The Strategy will focus on enhancing the experiences of visitors and recreational users of the park, whilst protecting the social, natural and cultural values for which the Park was reserved.

Phase 1 of the VRS development process will involve a series of workshops and community and business surveys. UPDATE: Please note that due to COVID-19 outbreak, in the interests of community health, we have suspended all community consultation activities until further notice. We will keep you informed as to future opportunities to be involved in the VRS.

Who do we want to talk to?

It is important that we get a wide range of perspectives from people who enjoy visiting and using Wellington Park, but also those who don’t currently use the Park.

To ensure we can hear as many perspectives as possible, we have designed a range of activities and mechanisms to gather information.

Bushwalking boots, one boot lying down

  • Online surveys and feedback forms – to gather information from a wide range of locations, backgrounds and interests.
  • On-site interviews – don’t be surprised if you are approached by a Wellington Park Management Trust staff member or volunteer and asked some questions about your experiences of Wellington Park.
  • Co-design workshops – for local residents, recreational users, tourism operators and other interested people (by expression of interest).
  • A ‘Focus Area Panel’ of locals and visitors interested in the Park who would be available to provide feedback at key points in the process, via online surveys (not having to meet face-to-face).

Other engagement and consultation activities, as well as feedback opportunities, will be arranged as the project proceeds, so please watch this space.

More information?

For information about the project and the various co-design workshops and other engagement and consultation events coming up, please contact:

Dr Don Thomson
Project Manager, Visitation and Recreation Strategy (part-time, generally Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Wellington Park Management Trust
Mobile 0428 226 218 or office 03 6238 2897


Visitation trends at key sites, particularly The Springs and The Pinnacle, are increasing and this is placing pressure on facilities in these locations and could lead to adverse impacts on the natural and cultural values of Park. The VRS will look across the whole Park for opportunities to disperse and manage visitation to provide quality recreational experiences that are compatible with sustaining Park values.

Wellington Park provides for a diverse range of experiences for visitors and locals. The VRS will ensure that current visitation and recreational uses are maintained and enhanced, in a manner consistent with sustaining the natural and cultural values of the Park.

At times, recreational uses within the Park are not compatible with each other. The VRS will identify management options, plan usage across the Park and make recommendations about new or upgraded visitor facilities to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all Park users.

Trends and fashions in recreational pursuits can come and go. The VRS will ensure that decisions about any new facilities and services for recreational pursuits are made on sound evidence about the long-term viability and sustainability of such investments.

Opportunities for community and industry involvement in the development of the VRS will be available in December 2019.

Statutory background

The Wellington Park Trust was established through the Wellington Park Act 1993 to facilitate the protection, use and sustainable management of Wellington Park.

Wellington Park is reserved for the preservation and protection of natural, social (including scenic landscape), cultural and scientific values, but also for the provision of recreational and tourism uses. Importantly, much of the Park comprises the catchments supplying Hobart’s water supply.

Due to the range of land tenures and management arrangements, areas within Wellington Park are managed by different agencies. These include the Hobart City Council, Glenorchy City CouncilTasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and TasWater. Other agencies such as Broadcast Australia and TasNetworks also manage land around their assets within the Park. A key role of the Trust is to prepare and implement an overarching management plan for the Park to ensure continuity in land and resource management. The current plan is the Wellington Park Management Plan 2013 (amended 2015).

The Wellington Park Management Plan (2013, updated 2015) defines Management Zones across the Park and the types of recreational activities that are permitted within each zone. The VRS process will review those zones and permitted uses and if appropriate will make recommendations about modifications to the Management Plan when it is next renewed.