Waterworks reserve

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 Flyer(PDF, 1MB)

Opening hours

The Reserve is open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, with the gates opening at 8.15am and closing at 4.10pm during winter and 9.00pm during the daylight saving period. Outside these hours, pedestrian access is available through the turnstile adjacent to the main gate.

Making a booking

Sites are available for booking for the following sessions:

  • Morning  (8.15am - 10.00am)
  • Lunch  (11.00am - 4.00pm)
  • Evening  (5.00pm - 9.00pm) during daylight savings only.

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 Parks and City Amenity Administration on 03 6238 2886. 

Bookings can be made up to 12 months ahead. 

Payments

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.

Contact Details

03 6238 2886
parks@hobartcity.com.au

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

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 2

Site 2 is a covered site suitable for 25 adults.  The site caters for larger groups if the uncovered area of the site is utilised. 

It is situated on the right between the two reservoirs and is approximately 400 metres from the front gate.

There are two tables located inside the shelter and bench seating is provided around the walls.  The area around the shelter is suitable for children to play.

A gas barbecue is available, as is tap water.

This site is wheelchair accessible.

Site 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

Marquee Site

The marquee site is located between sites 6 and 8.  The site can be booked on its own, or alternatively one of the adjacent sites can also be booked. 

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.

Demographic

  • Family/Social
  • Events - commercial, non commercial and weddings

 

Location

waterworks road, Ridgeway 7054  View Map

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