MAP & TIMETABLE
Please note: Due to ongoing Tasmanian state border closures the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus service will be operating a limited timetable from Monday 5th September 2021 until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
View the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus route map and timetable to plan your mountain adventure. You’ll also find helpful information on what to see and do by clicking on each of the bus stop locations below.
BUS STOP LOCATIONS
1. BROOKE STREET PIER (tour start and finish) - Franklin Wharf, near Brooke Street intersection, Hobart
- Visit our friendly staff at the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus Booking Office for tour bookings, information and souvenirs. Open 7 days, 8am – 4pm (Summer) and 9am – 4pm (Winter).
- Brooke Street Pier is a floating structure, both a building and a boat, which rises and falls with the tide. Find unique Tasmanian wares along with cafés and restaurants with magnificent waterside views.
2. TRAVEL CENTRE - Opposite the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre, 4 Elizabeth Street (outside Hydro Tasmania building), Hobart
- Close to Hobart’s bustling waterfront precinct, this is the starting point of the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus and also the Red Decker City Loop Tour.
- Extensive visitor information, maps and souvenirs are available at the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre.
- Walk along the waterfront for a large variety of cafes, restaurants and bars.
- A sheltered grassy area with toilets, picnic areas, wood-fired barbeques and children’s play equipment.
- Visit Fern Tree Tavern for lunch, coffee and cake or a refreshing cold beverage. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
- The starting point for shaded walks through fern gullies and alongside bubbling streams.
- Take the Pipeline Track to Silver Falls (40-min return), which follows the route of the water pipeline supplying some of Hobart’s water. A short, easy walk, also suitable for mountain bikes.
- Continue along the Pipeline Track to Neika (3-hr return). Look out for the Wishing Well and Twin Bridges. A half-day, easy walk, also suitable for mountain bikes.
- A moderate walk to O’Grady’s Falls (2-hr circuit), where the water cascades over a moss-strewn rock wall and flows into the Hobart Rivulet, under the city, and into the River Derwent.
4. THE SPRINGS (720m above sea level) - Pinnacle Road, car park near North-South Track, Wellington Park
- A level picnic area with toilets, picnic tables, gas-fired barbeques and the starting point for a range of walking tracks on the eastern foothills of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.
- Visit Lost Freight Cafe for hot drinks, light meals and snacks. Open 7 days.
- The Lookout Circuit (15-min circuit) is an easy level walk with views to the summit and over over Hobart. Includes the former Exhibition Gardens. Walk anti-clockwise for better views.
- Visit the site of the Springs Hotel where a grand Federation-style hotel once stood on these flat grassy banks (perfect for snow play in winter). The hotel burned to the ground in the 1967 bushfires.
- Take the Lenah Valley Track to Sphinx Rock (45-min return), great views of the Organ Pipes above and Hobart and the River Derwent below. A short, easy walk through eucalypt forest to the impressive sandstone rock platform of Sphinx Rock (caution: 10 metre cliff drop).
- The Sphinx Rock Circuit (1.5-hr circuit) continues on from Sphinx Rock to return on the North South Track. Take a short detour to the Octopus Tree.
- The Organ Pipes Walk (3-hr return) is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks. A difficult walk that follows the contour of the mountain around the base of the 120-metre-high dolerite columns of the Organ Pipes to The Chalet. Rock climbers are sometimes seen in action. Spectacular views.
- The Organ Pipes Circuit (4-hr circuit) is a difficult walk with a range of views and experiences including rocky outcrops, spectacular rock formations, diverse flora and historic cabins.
- The North-South Track is a popular route for mountain bikers, linking to the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park in Hobart’s northern suburbs.
- Walk downhill to Fern Tree (35-min one-way) on Radfords Track and Middle Track.
- A shelter amongst the snow gums and waratahs with basic picnic tables and benches.
- A rough mid-way point for the difficult Organ Pipes Walk (3-hr return) and Organ Pipes Circuit (4-hr circuit). Hop back-on the bus or return to The Springs on the Organ Pipes Track or the Hunters Track and Lenah Valley Track. A range of views and experiences.
- A lookout area with wide-open views out over Hobart and beyond (great for snow play in winter)
- A moderate walk along the Lost World Track to Lost World (45-min return) to view the dolerite cliffs of Mt Arthur and an expansive boulder field with views over Hobart.
7. THE PINNACLE (1270m above sea level) - Pinnacle Road, near pathway to Observation Shelter, Wellington Park
- The summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington features a sheltered observation area with interpretive signage, multiple lookouts and toilets, including disabled access toilets.
- On a clear day, experience spectacular views over Hobart and the east coast, and to the west, looking over the World Heritage Area of Southern Tasmania.
- Take the Zig Zag Track across the plateau to a lookout (20-min return), taking in spanning views of Tasmania’s alpine environment. A short, easy walk.
- Take a short, difficult walk downhill on the steep stepped Zig Zag Track and Pinnacle Track to The Springs (1.5-hr one-way). Great views of the Organ Pipes and Hobart and the River Derwent below. Or choose to walk uphill from The Springs to The Pinnacle (1.5-hr one-way).
- Follow Pinnacle Road down the mountain for an exhilarating bike ride back to Hobart city (1-hr one-way).
*3.30pm summer departure (October – April). Timetable may vary on snow days.
Photo: The Pinnacle Lookout.