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Natural Wonders, Free, Parks and Gardens, Hiking, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Located approximately 13 miles west of Hobart, Wellington Park should be a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts staying in Hobart. This nature reserve is filled with picnic areas and forested gullies, which can be explored via a variety of trails. Hiking (or bushwalking) is the most common way to wander around this park, but for a greater thrill, visitors can get around by bike, horse or four-wheel drive vehicle. (Note: Bikes, horses and four-wheel drive vehicles can only be rented from operators outside the park.) Experienced climbers can also hike the Organ Pipes, a series of vertical rock buttresses situated on Mount Wellington.

Recent travelers highly recommend visiting Wellington Park. Many were especially impressed with the views offered at the top of Mount Wellington, though a few cautioned that the park's hikes are a bit strenuous for novice hikers. Several also said that adequate clothing and snow gear are needed in the winter and suggest checking for road closures before arriving. Road closures for the park are updated daily on the City of Hobart's website. For bikers, visitors suggest joining the Mount Wellington Descent tour offered by Under Down Under Tours, which costs 75 Australian dollars (roughly $59) per adult and AU$65 (about $51) for kids between 8 and 16. Tour rates include equipment rentals and guide services.

Wellington Park is free to access 24 hours a day, however, facilities like Mount Wellington's restrooms and observation shelter are only accessible from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. between Sept. 1 and April 30. From May 1 to Aug. 31, facilities close at 4:30 p.m. Hobart's Nos. 448 and 449 Metro buses make several daily trips between downtown Hobart and Fern Tree Park – one of Wellington Park's main entrances – but the easiest way to get to the reserve is to drive. Complimentary parking is readily available. Additional information about Wellington Park's activities, amenities and flora and fauna is provided on the property's website. For detailed maps, check out the reserve's maps page.

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