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.

The City of Hobart has carried out extensive remediation works on Pinnacle Road, which re-opened to the summit of kunanyi / Mount Wellington on Saturday 26 May 2018. Wellington Park also re-opened on the Saturday, with just a few track sections remaining closed.

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.

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 this video on bushwalking preparation and essential tips for a safe walking experience. Their advice is important for walking on kunanyi/Mount Wellington: View the video here 

  • Mountain be prepared panel

3. Current road status

 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 three projects underway to improve the visitor experience on kunanyi / Mount Wellington.  

Project 1 – The Big Bend Downhill/Gravity Track.

Project 2 – Rejuvenating the Great Short Walk.

Project 3 – Revealing the Mountain’s Heritage.

These projects are consistent with the Wellington Park Management Plan. 


The Big Bend Downhill/Gravity Track

The Big Bend Downhill/Gravity Track is a proposed mountain bike track linking Big Bend to Junction Cabin. The City of Hobart is currently undertaking detailed planning for the track, including consideration of the route, features, cost and impact. Designs are due to be released for public comment in late 2017.


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). 

Stage 1 Track works have commenced from The Chalet along the Organ Pipes Track.  


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)


5. Expression of interest - all year round, all-weather bus service

  Picture of cars driving up mountain in the snow


The City has initiated an Expression of Interest (EoI) process to provide the private sector an opportunity to put forward proposals to operate an all year round, all-weather bus service between the City’s tourists precincts and the summit of kunanyi / Mount Wellington via Pinnacle Road.

Under the arrangement the City would provide an operator access beyond the access gates to Pinnacle Road when they are closed due to snow and ice, and when conditions were safe. To provide the service the operator will require a vehicle that can safely travel in these conditions and will operate the service independently from the City. The City is not seeking to contract the service, but to provide an operator access beyond the locked gates.

Following any selection of an operator the proponent will be required to obtain all necessary licences, permits and approvals, and prepare relevant operational plans, to the satisfaction of the City and the Wellington Park Management Trust.

To access the all the EoI information visit Council’s Tenderlink site here: www.tenderlink.com/hobartcitycouncil

 The EoI closes at 3 pm Tuesday, 1 May 2018