Although protected as a reserve and not a national park, Wellington Park contains a wealth of wilderness right on Hobart's doorstep, with majestic kunanyi/Mount Wellington towering above the city. Only in Tasmania would you find so much wilderness and natural beauty so close to the city - 18,000 hectares of it just a 20-minute drive away.
Wellington Park connects Hobart's urban landscape to the bush and can be reached from several points including central Hobart, the suburb of Glenorchy and several out-of-town areas. From the city side, majestic kunanyi/Mount Wellington is the star - dominating the scene, feeding the waterways that flow down to the harbour and supplying some of the freshest drinking water in the world. Beside Mt Wellington are the mountains of Sleeping Beauty, Collins Cap and Cathedral Rock.
The diversity of plant and animal life reflects the many micro-climates that exist in the park's perimeter. A total of 500 native plant species live here, including many endemic Tasmanian plants. A diverse range of fauna also call the park home, including dozens of bird species and a long list of ground animals including potoroos, pademelons, bettongs, bandicoots, possums, platypus and echidna.
There are many ways to enjoy the beautiful natural features of the park, including walking tracks that lead into the park from the city and suburbs. Walks range from easy strolls to tough climbs through cool forests and past springs, cascades, waterfalls and the soaring dolerite columns of the Organ Pipes. The cliffs here are also perfect for rock climbing and abseiling. The historic Pipeline Track is a well-known longer walk, as is the Wellington Range for horse riders and mountain bikers. Historic huts are dotted throughout the park for rest stops and picnics along the way.
The 21 km drive to the summit passes through temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, and ends with panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, the D'Entrecasteux Channel and into the South West Wilderness. The summit features a landscape of sub-alpine flora and lichen-encrusted boulders and is regularly snow-capped during the colder months. There are also plenty of easily accessible parks and reserves nearby, including Fern Tree Park, Waterworks Reserve and the Springs, with picnic facilities, access to walking tracks and more beautiful scenery.
All types of accommodation are available in Hobart. Camping is permitted in designated zones. kunanyi/Mount Wellington is a 20-min drive from the Hobart CBD.
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