Pipeline Track - Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve

Fern Tree and Dynnyrne, Hobart
Distance: 3.1km
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Getting There

Take a bus or drive your car to the start of the track at Stephenson Place in Fern Tree.

A well graded downhill track, with historic features highlighted by interpretation panels along the way. Dogs on lead are welcome between Fern Tree and Gentle Annie Falls, but not beyond Gentle Annie Falls.

From Fern Tree the track heads downhill with historic stonework apparent underfoot and two beautifully constructed stone aqueducts on the right. Below Chimney Pot Hill Road the forest becomes drier and more open. The track then emerges into a cleared area that was once McDermotts Farm; in spring daffodils bloom where the homestead once stood. Steps cut into the rock and handrails help you descend Gentle Annie Falls (a dry waterfall!) before you emerge at the Waterworks Reserve.

The Council is currently trialling bicycle use between Fern Tree and Gentle Annie Falls. Cyclists are required to adhere to the bike rider’s code of conduct. In addition, cyclists should note the following:

  • Bicycles remain prohibited on the Pipeline Track below Gentle Annie Falls – cyclists wishing to access the Waterworks Reserve are to do so via the Fire Trail that joins the Pipeline Track at McDermotts Saddle.
  • Riding down the stairs immediately below Fern Tree is prohibited. Cyclists are required to dismount on this section of the track.
  • Cyclists should avoid riding on the sandstone capping on the track to minimise the risk of damaging these heritage features
ActivitySuggested TimeDifficulty
WalkingUnder 2 hours
Mountain BikingUnder 2 hours🟢
Bike RidingUnder 2 hours

Track Features

Public transportWalking with dogsToiletsParkingCafe/Refreshments/ShopLookoutDrinking waterPicnic area

Dogs allowed on lead.


No Horses

Due to the drinking water catchment area in the Waterworks Reserve, dogs are allowed on lead only on the section of this track between Fern Tree and the lookout above Gentle Annie Falls.

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.