Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania

Mount Wellington is the dominant natural feature of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. The mountain rises 1,270 metres above Hobart’s foreshore on the estuary of the River Derwent.

Mount Wellington’s recognisable features are the fluted cliff columns known as the Organ Pipes and the tall, white communications tower on the summit. These can be seen from afar provided a tablecloth of cloud is not sitting on the mountain.

Eucalypt forests cover the slopes above the Hobart city suburbs. On the higher slopes these turn to scraggy snow-gums, bent by the prevailing winds that sweep over the summit. The plateau itself is treeless.

Mount Wellington is not only a striking visual backdrop to Hobart, it is also a major recreational park and a catchment area that provides 20% of Hobart’s fresh water.

Mt Wellington from Bellerive Bluff
Mount Wellington from Bellerive bluff on the eastern shore
© Tourism Tasmania and Richard Eastwood

For stunning views it is possible to drive to the top of the mountain. The road is sometimes closed due to snow and ice in winter and even, rarely, for a day or two in mid-summer.

There are well-maintained paths and tracks on Mount Wellington for walks ranging from 20-minute strolls to full-day expeditions. Mountain-bikes can be used on many of the trails. Camping is not encouraged, although there are limited possibilities and there are a number of mountain huts with fireplaces and firewood provided.

Mount Wellington is a natural playground for the residents of Hobart and its proximity to the CBD helps to make this one of the most delightful cities in the world.

Hobart at the foot of Mt Wellington
Hobart city sits at the
foot of Mt Wellington

Waterworks Reserve

Rainwater harvested on Mount Wellington is piped to two reservoirs in the Hobart suburb of Dynnyrne.

The area around the water-storage dams is a public reserve called The Waterworks. The dams are surrounded by shaded lawns with picnic and barbecue areas and toilet facilities.

The amenities – including barbecues, tables and benches, and even free firewood – can be booked, with no charge to users, through the Hobart City Council.

Walking track on Mt Wellington
Walking track on Mt Wellington
© Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore