Take a bus or drive a car to the suburb of Fern Tree in Hobart to the start of the walk.
Ferns, mossy gullies and glimpses of kunanyi / Mount Wellington’s history are the highlights of this loop walk.
Heading along the shady Pipeline Track, you soon reach the Fern Tree Bower, a popular picnic spot between the 1860s and 1930s. Climbing up you pass the small cascade of Silver Falls before continuing on to The Springs. The open grassy areas and picnic facilities make this a good spot for lunch or a snack. On the descent back to Fern Tree you are surrounded by a wonderful variety of mosses and ferns. The sound of running water is your constant companion as you head down the Fern Glade Track.
Dogs are not permitted from the Pipeline Track up to the junction of Silver Falls Track and Middle Track, including the Silver Falls themselves. This is because Hobart collects its drinking water from this catchment and we don't want it polluted by doggy do. There are plenty of other tracks nearby where dogs are allowed on a lead.
Snowfalls can occur in Wellington Park at any time of the year. The track can be slippery when covered in snow and ice. Bring warm, waterproof clothing.
Plan your visit
Leave No Trace is an internationally accepted way of minimising impacts on the places we visit. Respect wildlife, be considerate with others, dispose your waste properly.
Be prepared for the walk. Plan your trip ahead, bring enough water, check the alerts, and make sure you are comfortable with the difficulty rating.