Mt. Wellington - Zigzag/Icehouse loop

Wellington Park

From The Springs picnic area to Mt. Wellington summit via iconic Zigzag track and return via scenic Icehouse track. Or go up Icehouse track and down Zigzag track. Weather highly variable.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Drive and park at "The Springs" picnic area on the summit road


Route/Trail notes

From The Springs picnic area walk up Pinnacle track until you meet the Zigzag track on the left. Follow this to the summit, then head south on the South Wellington track, rock hopping, with a break at Rocking Stone. Descent via Icehouse track back to the car. Easy hike, not too steep but watch for rapid weather changes at the top. Spectacular views over Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula.





This was an interesting walk and a little challenging in places due to steps and more steps to climb up. We went up the Ice House track and then returned via the Zigzag track.

Brian on 28 Jul, 2019

Brilliant walk if weather is perfect. Watch out for changing weather and pack warmly for unexpected changes in temperature.

Glang on 5 Jul, 2019

I've done this walk multiple times and I agree with other comments - it's better done up the reverse direction i.e. UP the Ice house track, and DOWN the zig zag track. This is partially due to the slightly easier gradient on the Ice house Track, but also due to navigational concerns when on top - going down the ice house track there's the potential challenges particularly locating the turn-off if you miss it. But going UP via the ice house track, the communications tower is a handy navigational aid in snow/poor weather and if you lost the track but simply followed a rough compass bearing, you would eventually hit the road.

In my opinion it's THE walk to do on Mt. Wellington, followed by Collins Cap and Cathederal Rock

My time for the circuit is typically around the 3 hour mark. If you're on public transport, you can walk from the bus stop at the Fern Tree Tavern which adds an hour to the return journey. There are a number of tracks to choose from though last time I went (April 2019) middle track was closed for maintenance

Michael on 9 May, 2019

I did the walk in reverse and went up the Icehouse trail. found the walk very easy and enjoyed the view from the top as I had the whole Mountain to myself. Didn't see another climber till half way down. Again well worth the cliomb

StuB on 12 Apr, 2019

This is a tough walk staring with a 650 metre climb up the face of Wellington then across the boulder field at the top and down the icehouse trail. Anyone who says its easy probably hasn't come back down the icehouse trail, its a continuous trail of head sized boulders and is very tricky to negotiate. If its icy at the top, and it was when we did it, it is rather treacherous as well so make sure you have poles or are used to traversing iced patches or ground. On the zig zag its scary to say the least. Temperature was down around 1°C at the top and we needed our gloves. The whole walk took us just over 4 hours with a few stops for pics and nibbles. We were real chuffed to finish that walk but our legs sure knew it.

Rod Randall on 1 Aug, 2017

Did it as a part of my run from Hobart center. the part from The Springs and back took me 2.5h with some hanging out at the top for pictures and snacks. Relatively easy and relaxing trails with awesome views .

Marcin Piotrowski on 3 Apr, 2017

Can't get much more scenic than this. A relaxing hike with plenty of chances for memorable photos. Freezing at the top on a clear day.

Anonymous on 4 Apr, 2016


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