Above the reservoirs of the Waterworks, reserved natural bushland protects the source of a major part of Hobart's drinking water. The reserves form an unbroken stretch of natural bush, from the suburbs to the mountain springs themselves. Picnic areas and tracks make the area easy to explore.
The Pipeline Track is a 3 km walk uphill from the Waterworks to Fern Tree. From there, the Pipeline Track contours around the mountain, 12 km to North West Bay River and Wellington Falls, passing historic locations where early city engineers accessed water supplies.
From the city, turn left off Davey Street into Lynton Avenue, then right on Waterworks Road to the Waterworks Reserve. At the Waterworks gates, either walk the Pipeline Track to Fern Tree and follow the track around the south-east flank of Mt Wellington; or continue by car to the left of the gates through Ridgeway's bushland. The road meets Huon Road at Fern Tree. Turn left to Neika, park on the left near a roadside concrete reservoir and cross the road to access the Pipeline Track.
Bushwalking, toilets (The Waterworks), easy walking, cycling, scenic views, BBQ, picnics, historic/heritage interest.
The Pipeline Track
Easy walking, stroller walks, no dogs, historic/heritage interest.