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.
This high altitude circuit walk provides a great introduction to Tasmania’s alpine environment.
The steady climb from The Springs becomes steeper on the aptly named Zig Zag Track where expansive views of south-eastern Tasmania can be enjoyed. On reaching the Wellington Plateau the track meanders around small pools, between large boulders and amongst distinctive alpine vegetation including cushion plants and pineapple grass. The plateau is quite exposed and is often cold and windy, even in summer. Care should be taken in misty, snowy or icy conditions. Dropping off the plateau the track passes through rocky snowgum woodland amongst which are the remains of ice-houses built here during the 1800s.
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Snowfalls can occur in Wellington Park at any time of the year. The track can be slippery when covered in snow and ice. Rocks may fall from the Organ Pipes. Bring warm, waterproof clothing.