Kunanyi/Mount Wellington

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.265m (4,150ft) above the sea level, located near the city of Hobart, in the Australian island state of Tasmania. The average gradient is 727%%.

The road to the summit is asphalted. It’s called Pinnacle Road (also known as 616) and was completed in 1937. It’s 11.6 km long. It’s steep and pretty narrow. The drive is part of the experience a little scary for those with a fear off heights, there is not much walking as you can drive right to the top. The road does get busier at weekends and in the main holiday season. At the summit are several buildings and facilities. The road is pretty steep. Starting from Fern Tree, the ascent is 11.6km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 844 meters. The average gradient is 727%%.

At the summit there are radio and television transmitters. The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! The pinnacle observation shelter at the summit of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington, however, is open to the public during the summer months (daylight savings) from 8am-8pm, and during the winter months from 8am-4.30pm.
A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions. The drive to the summit passes through temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, and ends with panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, the D'Entrecasteux Channel and into the South West Wilderness.

The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to snow fall. Pinnacle Road may be temporarily closed after a heavy snowfall or icy conditions. The road is closed to protect the safety of visitors while Council undertakes clearing operations.