Fern Tree Park Visitor Node Master Plan

Fern Tree Park is a key gateway for visitors wishing to explore Hobart’s famous mountain, kunanyi/Mt Wellington. 

It is the departure point for a walk or bike ride along the heritage-listed Pipeline Track, and often the first point of contact for visitors to Wellington Park, the 18,250 hectare nature reserve that forms such a beautiful backdrop to Hobart. 

However, aging facilities are failing Fern Tree Park’s potential, and so the City of Hobart will redevelop the park as a truly modern gateway for all visitors. 

Under the Fern Tree Park Visitor Node Master Plan, which has been developed in close consultation with the Wellington Park Management Trust and the community, new facilities will be built, including a nature-based playground, toilets, picnic and bus shelters, an upgraded car park, better wayfinding and safer access.

Two large eucalypt trees identified through an arboricultural assessment suffer from considerable decay and will need to be removed. Council officers are working with the community on plans to reuse the trees’ timber for play elements in the park.

Works are scheduled to begin in early 2019. They include:

  • nature-based playground
  • picnic area
  • bus shelter and public toilet
  • upgrades to the Fern Glade Car Park and Fern Glade Walking Track entrance to improve safety and public access to the park and Pipeline Track
  • landscaping and vegetation removal, including two large gum-topped stringybarks.

The development application for the project was approved in October 2018. View the Fern Tree Park Implementation plans(PDF, 16MB)

For more information or enquiries concerning the master plan:

  • The 2017 council covering report, results of community engagement and Fern Tree Park Visitor Node Master Plan, can be found in the Park and Recreation Committee Agenda on 11 May 2017.
  • Please feel free to contact the City on 03 6238 2886 or email parks@hobartcity.com.au