kunanyi / Mount Wellington

1. Overview

Important notice: Pinnacle Road and many tracks on kunanyi / Mount Wellington suffered damage during the massive storm that occurred on Thursday 10 May 2018.

The combination of soils saturated by the floods and then later high winds has made trees unstable, and patches of erosion remain from the floods. Care should be taken on all tracks.

Please read Extreme flooding - changes to services for information about current conditions.

Mountain gateway

kunanyi / Mt Wellington provides the backdrop to Hobart and is a short distance by vehicle from the city centre. With a sealed road to the summit and an extensive network of walking tracks and fire trails, there's a range of activities for every visitor – bushwalking, mountain bike riding, orienteering, picnics, barbecues and sightseeing from the many spectacular vantage points.

The mountain offers:

  • spectacular walking and mountain biking trails
  • excellent views of southern Tasmania
  • a rich natural and cultural history.

Much of the eastern face of kunanyi/Mount Wellington is managed by the City of Hobart and forms part of the more extensive Wellington Park.

Clear, fresh mountain water from the North West Bay River catchment on the south-east face of kunanyi/Mount Wellington provides a quarter of Hobart's drinking water supply, and the original Mountain Park was first set aside to protect this precious resource.

Though close to the sea, the mountain is a 1270 metre alpine peak, with the chance of extreme weather conditions at any time of the year. 

On the distant south-west skyline, a sharp eye can pick out Federation Peak. Far to the north-east, beyond the Midlands, is Ben Lomond's profile, and to the south-east, the Tasman Peninsula.

2. Stay safe on the mountain

While we strive to keep Pinnacle Road to the summit of kunanyi / Mount Wellington open, sometimes this is not possible due to heavy snowfalls or icy conditions. 

  • Always check the road and weather conditions before you go.
  • Check the weather conditions before you leave home. Click here to see the weather forecast on the Bureau of Meteorology website, or check out our pinnacle webcams.
  • Check the road closure status.
  • Pack warm clothing.
  • Drive carefully, leaving double the normal distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Remember braking takes much longer in icy conditions.
  • Be patient on the road as traffic may be slow.

Be prepared

Weather conditions can change quickly in Tasmania – especially on the mountain. Icy winds, snow, low cloud and heavy rain can occur at any time of year – and in summer, bushfires. People have died on this mountain.

Tips for safe walking

Tasmania is renowned for its magnificent bushwalking, but if you're not well prepared our weather can be dangerous. The Parks and Wildlife Service developed a video on bushwalking preparation and essential tips for a safe walking experience. Their advice is important for walking on kunanyi/Mount Wellington and it has Mandarin subtitles: PWS safety video.

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For every 100 metres you ascend the temperature typically falls a degree. From the Springs to the summit the altitude increases by 600 metres. The temperature at the top is likely to be 6°C colder than the Springs – and if it’s windy, it will feel even colder. Be prepared to turn back. Low cloud can reduce your visibility to a few metres. All tracks can be slippery when covered in snow and ice.

 

If you plan to walk the summit you must have sufficient warm clothing. Do not attempt in snow conditions or poor visibility unless you are very experienced, well prepared, and in the company of others - hiking shoes, waterproof rain jacket, warm jacket, warm hat, sun hat and sunscreen, water and food, map, phone.

Water

Carry adequate drinking water. Tap water at The Springs is collected from the mountain. Natural surface water in the park may not be safe to drink and may be hard to find at higher altitudes.

Leave a plan

Tell someone reliable where you are going and your anticipated return time. This will help find you in an emergency. It's safer to walk with others.

Phone coverage

Mobile phone reception is variable. Install the Emergency+ app on your smartphone and know how to use it - emergencyapp.triplezero.gov.au

Hypothermia

Cold, wet and windy conditions can quickly cause a drop in core body temperature (hypothermia). It can take as little as 30 minutes from the initial symptoms to unconsciousness.

  • Wear warm and weatherproof clothes, eat and drink regularly.
  • Symptoms: shivering, clumsy, confused, slurred speech; those affected may deny they have a problem.
  • Treatment: make or find shelter immediately, get into warm and dry clothes, give warm sweet drinks, seek urgent medical help.

Bushfires

Tasmania is renowned for its magnificent bushwalking, but if you're not well prepared our weather can be dangerous. The Parks and Wildlife Service developed a video on bushwalking preparation and essential tips for a safe walking experience. Their advice is important for walking on kunanyi/Mount Wellington and it has Mandarin subtitles: PWS safety video.

 

3. Current road status

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure public safety Pinnacle Road can be closed any time because of weather conditions or traffic congestion.  Check this page regularly for the latest updates.

 For more information on kunanyi / Mount Wellington road status:

  • phone 03 6278 0200
  • listen to local radio station reports

View the kunanyi/Mount Wellington webcam

4. kunanyi / Mount Wellington – One Mountain

The City of Hobart has several projects underway to improve the visitor experience on kunanyi / Mount Wellington.  

– Rejuvenating the Great Short Walk.

– Revealing the Mountain’s Heritage.

These projects are consistent with the Wellington Park Management Plan. 

 

Rejuvenating the Great Short Walk

This project will incorporate the renewal of the Organ Pipes and Pinnacle Tracks linking The Springs to The Chalet. In addition to track surface improvements, the project also includes improvements to facilities at The Springs and The Chalet (including toilets). 

Two years of track works are nearing completion.  

 

Revealing the Mountain’s Heritage 

This project will upgrade and enhance the Pipeline Track and heritage features along the Mountain Water Supply System. The project includes the upgrade of Fern Tree Park as a major park entry and new toilets at St Crispin’s Well. Stage 1 works are planned for 2017–18.

Information about other planned projects for kunanyi / Mount Wellington will be made available as they arrive.

View the report on The Springs - Wellington Park - Future Development Options(PDF, 204KB)