Mt Direction Track Risdon Vale, Clarence






A steep climb is rewarded with spectacular views, especially to the north, reaching as far as Mt Dromedary. A short distance southeast of the summit there are views to the west of Hobart and kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Bennett’s Wallabies can be seen along the track.

From the car park follow the service roadway across the concrete dam and continue in a clockwise direction. About 500m from the dam wall at a sharp bend in the gully there is a seat. Go through the gate and cross a grassy area to the fire trail. Turn right and follow the fire trail for 500m. Ignore a fire trail to the left and continue for a further 50m to a T-junction.

Turn left onto RB3, then left at the first junction onto RB13 and continue uphill, passing an electricity pylon. Take the track off the fire trail which starts to climb steeply. Pass through a gate to the rock cairn and communications station at the summit of Mt Direction.

User groups Suggested time Difficulty
Walking Half day


Toilets  Parking  Drinking water  Picnic  Lookout 


No dogs  No bikes  No horses

Safety precautions


There are long steep stretches on this walk so a good level of fitness is required. Walking boots are recommended.


  • Mt Direction Track - Risdon Brook Dam wall through trees
  • Mt Direction track - track around dam
  • Mt Direction Track - Risdon Brook Dam
  • Mt Direction Track - Bennett's Wallaby
  • Mt Direction Track - views from power lines
  • Mt Direction Track - steep track to Mt Direction
  • Mt Direction Track - steep track views to north
  • Mt Direction Track - view to north from cairn at top
  • Mt Direction Track - view to north from summit
  • Mt Direction Track - descending on steep track


Getting there

The track starts at Risdon Brook Dam which is located off Grasstree Hill Road in Risdon Vale. The East Derwent Highway is the nearest access road.

This track is managed by TasWater

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If you have any questions, feedback or updates regarding this track please contact the track manager at TasWater.