Alpine Loop

Alpine Loop
Alpine Loop

A spectacular loop walk best suited for those with bushwalking experience

Starting at the Springs, half way up the mountain at 700m. The walk doesn’t mess around and we begin our ascent shortly after leaving the Springs. We pass through gorgeous eucalypt forest and past multiple streams, and enjoy lively bird life in this section. We continue up and are rewarded with a very short side trip to see the historic ruins of the ice houses – where ice was made for the enjoyment of Hobartians in the 1800s.

We continue on up until we reach the plateau of kunanyi. We walk through an impressive and technical section of dolerite boulders and cross true alpine vegetation.  We then arrive at the summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington at 1271m.  

We enjoy the achievement, view and well deserved break at the top. We then start our descent back to the Springs via the iconic Zig Zag track. We pass columns of dolerite that tower ever upwards and enter sclerophyll forest once again before arriving back at the Springs.  

A great varied walk where you get up close and personal with dolerite, enjoy varied vegetation and are rewarded with glorious views. 

The Details

tour duration

8 hours

walk duration

5 hours

distance

8.5 km

elevation gain

600 m

difficulty

Hard

effort

Moderate

offered

Tuesdays

price

$220

transport

Includes pick up from the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre and return journey, unless otherwise arranged.

catered meals and snacks

Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, with extra goodies as we go. Tea and coffee.

choose this walk if

You are after a challenging walk with spectacular views and intriguing history.

fitness level required

You can walk approximately 12km over flat terrain, or over uneven ground with hills for 9km. You need a moderate level of fitness and have experience in walking over uneven ground.

family friendly?

Yes; Families with children over 12 with bushwalking experience.

essential personal gear

Raincoat, drink bottle, warm layers, sun protection personal medication.

requirement for doctor's letter

If you are aged over 72, have a heart condition, recent chest pain when exercising, or bone/joint illness which affects your ability to exercise, you must provide a doctor's letter to confirm that you are able to complete this walk.

appropriate footwear 

Lace up walking boots which have ankle support and firm treaded soles. Walking shoes are not acceptable. Dress shoes, high heels, and casual sandals or similar footwear are not appropriate footwear.

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