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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 Organ Pipes from the Springs
The view of the Organ Pipes and summit from the site of the old Springs Hotel
andy – icehouse scree in snow 2018 (1 of 1)
a snow covered boulder scree high up on the Icie House Track
icehouse scree in snow 2018 1
The ice house track in snow
The Tasmanian Snow Gum thrives in the harsh condition higher up
Pepper berry and dolerite
The mountain pepperberry thrives in the high alpine environment
Spectacular views over Hobart
The boulder fields create clear views for days.
The plateau on top of kunanyi / Mt Wellington
alpine loop hero
The stunted, windswept landscape near the pinnacle
The beautiful alpine landscape on top of the moutain
Views from kunanyi pinnacle
We get to see some of the lesser known but spectacular views
View from the pinnacle
One of the many viewing platforms a the pinnacle
View from inside the pinnacle shelter
protected summit shelter looks out over Hobart and beyond.
Cloud rolls in over the Zig Zag track
The clouds roll by the Zig Zag track near the pinnacle
A Tasmanian Snow Gum poking through the snow layer near the summit
The Zig Zag Track
The cloud rolls in on the steep climb up the Zig Zag Track
The Zig Zag Track
The steep Zig Zag Track has some great views to reward the effort
Includes Hobart CBD pick up 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.
Yes; over 12 with hiking experience.
essential personal gear
Raincoat, drink bottle, warm layer, 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.
Lace up walking boots which have ankle support and firm grippy soles. Walking shoes are not acceptable. Dress shoes, high heels, and casual sandals or similar footwear are not appropriate footwear.
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