Mount Wellington rises 1270 metres above Hobart and is the focal point of Wellington Park. It is an iconic landmark – snow covered or draped in mist in winter, outlined against a clear sky in summer, or completely obscured by cloud. It can be all three in a single day. The drive to the Pinnacle is a must for all visitors.
Charles Darwin climbed to the summit during his 1836 expedition in the Beagle. Before the name Wellington was adopted, Europeans referred to it as Skiddaw, Table Hill or Mount Collins. To Mouheneener people it is Unghanyahletta, Pooranetere or Kunanyi. To Hobartians it is just ‘the mountain’. From its dolerite cap there are bird’s-eye views all the way to Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula, and across to the southern part of Tasmania’s World Heritage area. Animals here include brushtail possums, Bennett's wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons, echidnas, wombats and potoroos. The more densely forested areas provide shelter for ringtail possums, eastern and little pygmy-possums, bandicoots, sugar gliders and dusky antechinus. Platypus live in creeks and dams. There are 55 bird species including superb fairy-wrens, spotted pardalotes, Tasmanian thornbills and beautiful firetails. In summer you may see a brown goshawk, wedge-tailed eagle or peregrine falcon.
Landmarks include Collins Cap and the range of hills called Sleeping Beauty, which curiously resemble their name from certain vantage points. With babbling creeks, waterfalls, ferny glades and boulder fields, the park offers great spots for picnics, bike riding and dog walking. There are 4WD access areas and world-class rock-climbing sites such as the Organ Pipes, spectacular sheer dolerite columns. There is a good guide to the network of tracks, which range from easy rambles to overnight treks.
Restricted camping only; contact park office for details
22 km south-west of Hobart via Davey St (A6) and Huon Rd (B64) to Fern Tree then Pinnacle Rd (C616)
- Wellington Park Office (03) 6238 2176
- Hobart City Council (03) 6238 2711
- PWS (03) 6233 5157
- Road conditions (03) 6278 0200
18 250 ha
Tasmania Travel and Information Centre (03) 6238 4222, 1800 990 440