Wellington Park provides opportunities for the adventurous four wheel driver featuring spectacular alpine scenery and technical driving. Like many good things, it’s generally a summer feat and permits are required.
Jefferys Track - no permit required
Runs north – south between Lachlan and Crabtree. The Track can get extremely muddy and a high clearance vehicle with low range as well as off-road driving experience is recommended. Cyclists, horse riders and walkers also use this shared track. Please slow to their speed when passing.
The East West Trail - permit and gate key required
Provides technical driving in high and remote country. Access is one-way only, from Montrose Road in the East to Jefferys Track in the West (20km in length). Drivers should have extensive experience and suitable vehicles with generous clearance. Note that dogs must not be taken with you, even in the vehicle, through this part of the Park. All 4WD access is subject to track conditions, fire risks and permission from property owners adjacent to the Park. There is a limit of six 4WD vehicles allowed access each day.
Other recreational vehicles including trail and quad bikes are not permitted in the Park due to environmental and social impacts, and visitor safety. Registered trail bikes are permitted on Pinnacle Road and Jefferys Track.
Minimise impacts while 4WDing in the Park:
Vehicles must be cleaned before entering the Park to reduce the spread of Phytophthora cinnamomi or root rot. This fungus is carried in soil and attacks the roots of plants. Susceptible species generally die once infected. Soil also carries introduced weed seeds. Please clean your vehicle thoroughly before visiting – don’t forget the undercarriage and mudguards.
Apply for your East West Trail permit and gate key online. Once your permit is issued, keys can be collected from Glenorchy City Council. Access limited to 6 vehicles per day. Permit fee $20 per vehicle. Permits available for travel November-April.