Track closure notice
Work has started on the final stage of the Great Short Walk Rejuvenation Project, with track builders turning their attention to the Pinnacle Track, which will be closed to the public until mid winter. The Springs will remain the ideal starting point for most walks on the mountain. Alternative routes to the summit while Pinnacle Track is closed can be found on the City of Hobart website. Access to the Ice House Track will not be available from the old hotel site during helicopter operations.
A wonderfully diverse loop walk, past historic huts, curious geological features and through a variety of vegetation.
From The Springs the route contours around the slopes of kunanyi / Mount Wellington passing Sphinx Rock with its large sandstone lookout platform. Continuing on you will pass Rock, Lone and then Junction Cabins before climbing uphill towards The Chalet. On the left is Crocodile Rock, another aptly named sandstone feature. From The Chalet the track skirts the base of the spectacular Organ Pipes. These soaring dolerite columns are a popular with rock climbers. During early summer, bright red waratah flowers light up the bush along this track. A steady downhill gradient then brings you back to The Springs.
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Partial track only
Due to significant fauna values and the drinking water catchment area in Wellington Park, dogs are prohibited from walking the entire length of this track.
Snowfalls can occur in Wellington Park at any time of the year so ensure to bring plenty of warm, waterproof clothing and sufficient water and food for the journey. Sections of this route can be slippery when covered in snow and ice. Rocks may fall from the Organ Pipes.