The easy 24km return Pipeline Track is a wide family-friendly trail following Mount Wellington’s historical water supply system. The trail passes through fern-lined eucalypt forests, occasionally opening to provide significant views across the Derwent estuary. Most sections of the trail are equally beautiful, making it an ideal track to pick and choose how far to walk.
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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 turnoff to the southern outlet. Continue along Huon for 9km until reaching Fern Tree and the Pipeline Track trailhead. Parking is available within the Fern Tree pub carpark, the lower Fern Tree carpark just before it or on the side of the road.|
Leaving the Fern Tree day-use area, the Pipeline Track heads south-westerly along a wide well-graded track. For the first 4km, the trail passes still functioning components of the water supply system while ducking in and out of vibrant green eucalypt forests.
500m into the walk, the turnoff to the small but lovely Silver Falls is signposted. This 200m return side trip is worthwhile while stopping to explore the historical infrastructure of the original pipeline.
Continuing on, the trail very gently climbs, crossing the occasional flat bridge, driveway and road while remaining easy to follow. Views across Hobart and the Derwent estuary begin to present themselves, each time improving with distance.
After 4km, the Neika trailhead is reached. the trail begins to feel more remote, leaving the suburban features behind. The remaining 8km to the track meanders along the beautiful southern slopes of Mount Wellington. As you walk, new views south across Kingborough and the Derwent River present themselves as the trail turns more westerly. Plenty of water is also available as creeks flow gently near the graded track.
Eventually, the impressive peak of Cathedral Rock comes into view signalling the nearing end of the track. Once at the end of the track, walkers can continue uphill for another 1km to the Wellington Falls look. Return to the trailhead via the same track.
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania