Located along the south face of Mount Wellington, the impressive Wellington Falls cascading down onto the North West Bay River is a worthy visit. Best accessed from Neika, the walk to Wellington Falls is lengthy but pleasant 16km return via the historic Pipe Line Track.
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|From Hobart head west via Davey Street (A6). Keep in the right lane and continue on to Huon road, passing the turn off to the southern outlet. Continue along Huon for 12km until reaching the Neika trail head. Parking is available on the left hand side of the road.|
There are two trailheads available for Wellington Falls, both beginning on the Pipeline Track. Firstly, the Neika trail head – 16.5km return or secondly, from Fern Tree – 25km return. No matter what option you choose the walk is easy going and gently graded for the majority and only requires a short climb to the apex of the waterfall. The walk takes at least 5 hours from Neika.
The initial section of the walk along the Pipeline Track is lovely, passing many historic highlights of the original pipeline hidden amongst the brush. Further on, breaks in the tree line occasionally appear as the trail zigzags along the southern side of the mountain, offering views towards Kingborough.
At the end of the pipeline section some 7km further, the trail heads uphill for 1km towards the waterfall. Although somewhat steeper than the rest of the walk, the climb is easily managed thanks to the well-defined track.
Once at the top take your time and explore the your surroundings as multiple tracks divert off to additional vantage points, including a tricky but worth-while climb onto the top section of the waterfall.
Hazards and Warnings
Once at the top the walk enters a sub-alpine area, be sure to take appropriate clothing. Careful footing is needed near the waterfall.