Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve Fern Tree and Dynnyrne, Hobart

Distance

3.1km

Experience

Bush

Description

A well graded downhill track, with historic features highlighted by interpretation panels along the way. Dogs on lead are welcome between Fern Tree and Gentle Annie Falls, but not beyond Gentle Annie Falls.

From Fern Tree the track heads downhill with historic stonework apparent underfoot and two beautifully constructed stone aqueducts on the right. Below Chimney Pot Hill Road the forest becomes drier and more open. The track then emerges into a cleared area that was once McDermotts Farm; in spring daffodils bloom where the homestead once stood. Steps cut into the rock and handrails help you descend Gentle Annie Falls (a dry waterfall!) before you emerge at the Waterworks Reserve.

The Council is currently trialling bicycle use between Fern Tree and Gentle Annie Falls. Cyclists are required to adhere to the bike rider’s code of conduct. In addition, cyclists should note the following:

  • Bicycles remain prohibited on the Pipeline Track below Gentle Annie Falls – cyclists wishing to access the Waterworks Reserve are to do so via the Fire Trail that joins the Pipeline Track at McDermotts Saddle.
  • Riding down the stairs immediately below Fern Tree is prohibited. Cyclists are required to dismount on this section of the track.
  • Cyclists should avoid riding on the sandstone capping on the track to minimise the risk of damaging these heritage features
User groups Suggested time Difficulty
Walking Under 2 hours
Moderate
Cycling Under 2 hours
Easy
Mountain bike riding Under 2 hours
Easy
Dogs allowed on lead Under 2 hours
Moderate

Access

Accessible via public transport

Facilities

Toilets  Parking  Drinking water  Picnic  Lookout  Cafe/refreshments/shop

Restrictions

No horses

Due to the drinking water catchment area in the Waterworks Reserve, dogs are allowed on lead only on the section of this track between Fern Tree and the lookout above Gentle Annie Falls.

Map

Photos

  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 1
    Photo: Matthew Newton
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 2
    Photo: Matthew Newton
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 3
    Photo: Matthew Newton
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 4
    Photo: Eddie Safarik
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 5
    Photo: Eddie Safarik
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 6
    Photo: Eddie Safarik
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 7
    Photo: Eddie Safarik
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 8
    Photo: Eddie Safarik
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 9
    Photo: Matthew Newton
  • Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve 10
    Photo: Matthew Newton

Elevation profile (m)

Getting there

Take a bus or drive your car to the start of the track at Stephenson Place in Fern Tree.

This track is managed by the Hobart City Council

If you have any questions, feedback or updates regarding this track please contact the track manager at the Hobart City Council by phone on 03 6238 2886 or by email to hcc@hobartcity.com.au For urgent communications please contact us by phone.