Kunanyi/Mount Wellington

A drive to the summit of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington in Tasmania

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 southeast coastal region of Tasmania, Australia. The average gradient is 7,27%.

Can you drive to the summit of Mt Wellington?

The road to the summit is sealed. It’s called Pinnacle Road (C616) and was completed in 1937. 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. Pinnacle Road may be closed at any time of the year due to snow and ice or other severe weather conditions. Check the City of Hobart website for road closures.

Is Pinacle Road steep?

The road to the summit is pretty steep and narrow. Starting from Fern Tree, the ascent is 11.6km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 844 meters. The average gradient is 7,27%. 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.

What does Kunanyi mean?

Located within the Wellington Park, kunanyi / Mount Wellington towers over the city of Hobart. kunanyi means 'mountain' in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines. The summit is well known to experience biting cold winds which sweep across the mountain range.

How long does it take to drive up Mount Wellington?

Pinacle Road is 11.6km long and takes around half an hour. The summit hosts a few 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 is open to the public during the summer months (daylight savings) from 8am-8pm, and during the winter months from 8am-4.30pm. on a clear day you can almost see forever from here. Even Charles Darwin marvelled at the view, which he described in The Voyage of the Beagle.


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