Wellington Park, home to Hobart's Mt Wellington is one of the most iconic locations for bushwalks in Tasmania.

Easily accessible by car, the Lenah Valley Road carpark located a short 15 minute drive from Hobart's CBD is where the trail begins.

Once arriving at the carpark, cross the small bridge and continue on the clearly defined track along the Main Fire Trail. Soon after a short climb you will come to a junction, take the right hand turn off onto the Lenah Valley Fire Trail.

After heading up this fire trail for a couple hundred metres signage will mark the beginning of the Lenah Valley Track which should be followed till coming across the North-South/Old Hobartians Junction.

On this section of the walk you will slowly begin ascending Wellington Park's slopes on a track with a wonderful and luscious backdrop, which will include a couple of water crossings as it follows the New Town Rivulet.

Once reaching the North-South multiuse track/Old Hobartians Junction, continue straight up onto the Old Hobartians Track to the Chalet. Here, make sure you take caution and look both ways before crossing, as the North-South track is regularly ridden by enthusiastic cyclists at rather precarious speeds.

As the ascent becomes more prevalent you will begin to notice the change in terrain as you continue uphill. With infrequent views of Hobart, you start to hear the sound of running water from the rivulet and the chirping of birds. Make sure you regularly stop to take in your surrounds and keep well hydrated.Whilst climbing up this section you will come across two fascinating overhanging rocks which provide a great place to take a break and overlook the valley.

As the sound of the Rivulet comes back into earshot you will be reminded of your close encounter with its crossing. Then you'll enjoy a 3m rock scrambling exercise across the rocks. Be sure to take caution here as rocks are quite often slippery and unstable. After rain or snow the water level here may have risen so be prepared to possibly get your feet wet.

Once you have crossed the New Town Waterfall, it's only a matter of time till the Lost World trail head is reach. Once sighting it to the right of the track, continue along the Old Hobartians track for approximately 500m before reaching Hunters Track. You will notice here there is also another short trail heading straight up to the Chalet on Pinnacle Road (1000m) - where there are BBQ facilities and water to fill up your drink bottles (if you haven't made use of the many waterfalls and small springs on the way).

From here it's all downhill. Whilst seeming rather normal at first the Hunters Track soon turns into a downhill scree slope. Marked by frequent yellow arrows, be sure to keep your eyes up to avoid straying from the path on this huge boulder field.Once reaching the end of the boulder section, the track continues onto much easier bush terrain (which can possibly be muddy underfoot after rainfall).Whilst descending keep an eye out to the right for Crocodile Rock, a massive rock that supposedly looks like an almighty croc. This feature marks no more than an 10 minute walk to Junction Cabin.This cabin with fire facilities and a picnic table is surrounded by luscious green grass which you can often find many cyclists and bushwalkers enjoying a midday meal on.

After your stop at Junction, head around the cabin to the left and take the Old Farm Fire Trail (next to the Lenah Valley Fire Trail). Along this track you will pass the Breakneck Track turn off before making another left hand turn back onto the Lenah Valley Track. This trail provides a gorgeous and warm view on a nice day as it overlooks the Rivulet.1km down the trail lay the New Town Falls which one can admire from the bottom. Crossing this section of the falls is very easy, though one should still take care to avoid the possibility of slipping over.

Continuing down this track will have you back on the Lenah Valley Fire Trail in no time at all which will soon rejoin onto the Main Fire Trail before finishing back at the Lenah Valley Road carpark where you started.

Pack List

  • Sufficient water
  • Snacks +/ lunch
  • Camera
  • Map (recommended)
  • Warm clothing (be prepared for all weather conditions as Tasmania's are forever changing)
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Trowel + toilet paper
  • Plastic bags
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RT Distance 4.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 2296.6 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Waterfall
Wildlife

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