At least half a million people visit kunanyi/Mt Wellington every year, and that number is expected to climb to 700,000 a year by 2029. Already at peak times visitor numbers exceed parking and road capacity.
As with Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park, improving the visitor experience of kunanyi/Mount Wellington is an issue of state importance. Tasmania needs a high quality and easily accessible ‘front door’ for its iconic mountain.
That is why the City of Hobart is investigating opportunities to transform a former quarry site at Halls Saddle, just below Fern Tree, into a new gateway to kunanyi/Mt Wellington and the incredible tracks and trails found in Wellington Park, Waterworks Reserve and at Ridgeway Park.
The City has prepared a $3.3 million capital works package for Halls Saddle that, if funded, would see the construction of 285 new car parking spaces on the site, more than doubling the existing car parking capacity on kunanyi/Mount Wellington and improving access during peak times for people wishing to walk, ride and explore the mountain landscape.
The works package also includes a new roundabout on Pinnacle Road at the entry to Wellington Park and enhanced walking/cycling tracks leading from the site to both Wellington and Ridgeway parks.
The works package aims to improve access to Tasmania's most visited natural attraction, kunanyi/Mt Wellington, ease traffic congestion during peak visitor times and make it easier for visitors and locals to explore the area’s unique walking and mountain biking opportunities.