First constructed in the 1860s, the Waterworks reservoirs capture the flow of creeks and rivers rising on the higher slopes of Mt Wellington.
The tree-shaded lawns and children's play areas of the Waterworks are popular for picnics and barbecues. For the energetic, walking tracks wander around the reservoirs and up into the bushland of Ridgeway towards the water's mountain source.
To view a map of Waterworks, please click on this link: Interactive Map
Waterworks Reserve and site booking information(PDF, 143KB)
The Reserve is open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, with the gates opening at 8 am and closing at 4 pm during winter and 9 pm during the daylight saving period. Outside these hours, pedestrian access is available through the turnstile adjacent to the main gate.
Making a booking
Bookings can be made in person at the Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart (corner of Davey and Elizabeth Streets). Customer Service Officers will be happy to help with any enquiries. Alternatively, telephone bookings can be made through City Amenity Administration on 03 6238 2886. Bookings can be made during business hours, 8.15 am to 5.15 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Please note due to the high demand for site bookings at the Waterworks Reserve, we do not currently accept bookings via email.
Bookings can be made up to 12 months ahead.
IMPORTANT: Dam upgrade and play equipment works
From February to October 2021, TasWater will be carrying out essential upgrades to the Upper Reservoir Dam to improve dam safety and ensure continued security of our water supply. During this time the dam wall and some tracks will be closed.
To complete these works safely, a number of closures will be in place for the duration of the works.
- Depot Road
- Dam Crest Road
- walking trails on the northern side of the dam including Lower Reservoir and Upper Reservoir circuits.
Traffic management will be in place along the reserve access road to safely manage construction and local traffic.
TasWater and the City of Hobart would like to thank track users for their patience and understanding while we continue to deliver important water quality outcomes for the broader community.
For more information please visit the TasWater website.
Waterworks Reserve is one of our most popular family bushland areas. Some of the play equipment at Waterworks Reserve has been removed following safety concerns.
We are now investigating options for new play equipment for the much-loved picnic spot.
- In person: Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.
- By telephone: credit card payments at the time of booking by telephoning 03 6238 2886.
- By mail: by cheque or money order within two (2) working days of making the booking.
For information on fees and charges please refer to the City of Hobart's Fees and Charges.
Requests to change booking dates or sites will be accommodated where possible.
03 6238 2886
Selecting and booking a site
Please consider the following questions prior to contacting us with your booking enquiry:
- What are the needs of the people attending?
- Do you require a site close to the playground or amenities?
- How many people will be attending?
- Is this a family/social event or a corporate function?
- What date(s) do you wish to book?
- Do you need a covered or open site?
Consideration of these questions will help in the selection of the most appropriate site for your party.
Temporary bookings can be made with the site being held for two (2) working days while we wait for your payment (if required).
An image gallery of sites is located at the bottom of the page.
Site 1 is a covered site suitable for 15 adults. Additionally there is space in the uncovered area of the site for a further 15 people.
The site has wide bench seating, but there is no table provided.
A gas barbecue is available, as is tap water.
The site is on multi-levels so it may not be suitable for young children or elderly people. Toilet facilities are located some distance away.
Site 3 is an uncovered site suitable for 6-8 adults. The site is slightly sloping so is not suitable for ball games but it does provide plenty of space and is suitable for small children.
The site is approximately 500 metres from the reserve entrance, with close access to the car park and toilet facilities. It is located on the same side of the Reserve as the children's playground.
The site has a table with bench seating. A gas barbecue is provided, as is tap water.
Please note there is no shade provided on this site.
Site 4 is an uncovered site suitable for 8-13 adults. The site is sloping, but provides plenty of shade cover.
It is located approximately 600 metres from the front entrance, close to the road and toilet facilities.
The site has a table with bench seating. A gas barbecue is provided.
Site 5 is a gently sloping, uncovered site suitable for 8-12 adults.
The site is located approximately 700 metres from the front entrance and has a table and bench seating.
A gas barbecue and tap water are provided.
This site is wheelchair accessible.
Site 6 is an uncovered site suitable for 4-6 adults. The site is open with a slight slope.
The site is located approximately 750 metres from the front entrance and 100 metres from the playground and a table and bench seating is provided.
A gas barbecue is also available.
Site 7 is an uncovered site with a table and bench seating suitable for 4-6 adults. The site can cater for larger numbers if own chairs and tables are provided.
The site is located approximately 750 metres from the front entrance and 100 metres from the playground. A swing is also located nearby.
There is easy access from the car park and the site is relatively flat with shade available. A gas barbecue and tap are provided.
This site is wheelchair accessible.
Site 8 is an uncovered site with a table and bench seating suitable for 6-8 adults. The site is located approximately 800 metres from the front entrance and is suitable for children.
The site is slightly sloping. If the marquee site adjacent is not in use, the site is also suitable for ball games. A gas barbecue is also provided.
Site 9 is a large covered area with a deck. It contains 3 tables undercover and another table in the deck area. There is also a large counter bench against the back wall.
Situated approximately 900 metres from the front entrance, the site is close to toilets, and is suitable for up to 80 people and has level access into the hut.
The site contains a gas barbecue and tap water is available.
This site is wheelchair accessible and has universal access toilet facilities.
Site 10 is an uncovered site suitable for 4–6 adults. Situated approximately 1 kilometre from the front entrance, the site is flat, shady and close to toilets.
A table with bench seating is provided, as is a gas barbecue.
The marquee site is located between sites 6 and 8. It cannot be booked on its own but may be booked in addition to site 8.
Sites that don't require a booking
There are three barbecue sites just inside the main gate which do not require a booking to be made. Sites are allocated on a first come basis.
Each site contains a gas barbecue.
All are wheelchair accessible.
- Events - commercial, non commercial and weddings
waterworks road, Ridgeway 7054 View Map