Hobart to the Pinnacle

Hobart city and Wellington Park, Hobart
Distance: 14.2km
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Getting There

Walk to the start of the track from the city centre.

Climbing approximately 1270 metres, this is a challenging and satisfying expedition from the city to the summit of kunanyi / Mount Wellington.

The first section of the walk beside Hobart Rivulet is through largely urban surroundings. Behind Cascade Brewery the route enters bushland and climbs more steadily, following moss and fern-filled creek gullies. After Junction Cabin the track contours around the mountain to The Springs before it climbs once again, gradually at first then more steeply up the newly refurbished Zig Zag Track. Views of the summit tower draw you onward, whilst the views below provide a good excuse to stop and catch your breath! The shelter at the summit provides a great place to look down upon the city and celebrate your achievement.

NOTE: The Zig Zag track will be closed from 16 October 2023 to early 2024 for major refurbishment works. More information on alternative routes to the summit is available on the City of Hobart website here.

ActivitySuggested TimeDifficulty
WalkingFull day

Track Features

Public transportToiletsParkingDrinking waterLookoutPicnic area


No DogsNo BikesNo Horses

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.

Safety Precautions

CautionWater crossingCliff faceFalling rocksExposure/Cold

Snowfalls can occur in Wellington Park at any time of the year so ensure you bring plenty of bring 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.

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.

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Track contacts

Track managed by City of Hobart
City of Hobart

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 parks@hobartcity.com.au. For urgent communications please contact us by phone.