Bike riding

Cycling in Wellington Park ranges from road riding above the tree-line to a family frolic on the Pipeline Track – or gravity and cross-country tracks traversing technical terrain. There’s something for everyone.

Bike riding image courtesy of Jupe/Bergshoeff and the Hobart City Council

Bicycles are permitted on formed roads and fire trails in the Park, and on selected walking tracks including the Pipeline, Radfords and Pillinger Drive tracks, and the upper section of Middle Track. Old Farm Track is for bicycles only and downhill only. Shared use tracks on the eastern slopes of kunanyi / Mount Wellington are shown on the bushwalking map.

Track Gradings

All walking, shared use and bicycle tracks are graded according to the Wellington Park track grading system, which is derived from the Australian Walking Track Grading System and the International Mountain Biking Association Trail Difficulty Rating System.

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Riders can plan their adventures using Greater Hobart Trails, a convenient and powerful way to plan your visit. The site includes tracks and trails within Wellington Park as well as the greater Hobart region, for walkers, trail runners, riders, people in wheelchairs, people pushing prams, dog walkers and even horse riders.

Greater Hobart Trails

City of Hobart continues to develop its Riding the Mountain masterplan

2021: The Trust has endorsed the City of Hobart’s ‘Riding the Mountain’ masterplan, with a bold vision for improving trail based recreation for all visitors to the Park’s amazing trail network.

Read more.

‘Missing Link’ closes the gap in the lower foothills mountain biking network

2020: The City of Hobart has completed the much longed-for missing link between Fern Tree and South Hobart with the opening of Pitfall and Stumpside Tracks, connecting Bracken Lane Fire Trail with Middle Island Fire Trail. Drops Track also received an exciting new jump / flow section, while the original track has been upgraded by the hard working TrackCare volunteers.

Conversion of the upper section of Middle Track from Radfords Track to Reservoir Trail/Silver Falls Track junction – July 2016

Following a 6 month trial on this section of formerly walking only track, the Trust resolved to permanently convert the upper section of Middle Track from Radfords Track to Reservoir Trail to shared use for cycling and walking.

Conversion of Old Farm Track – May 2015

The Wellington Park Management Trust approved the conversion of Old Farm Track, between Old Farm Fire Trail and Main Fire Trail from a shared use track, to a single use (bicycle only), single direction (downhill) track.

Upgrading of Radfords Track

Hobart City Council has installed chicane structures comprised of large logs and rocks at selected locations along Radfords Track. These chicanes are designed to reduce the speed which mountain bike riders can travel on the track. Radfords Track is a bi-directional, shared-use track, used by walkers, people walking dogs on lead and bike riders. These chicane structures will ensure that all users will have the opportunity to safely enjoy the track.

Greater Hobart MTB Masterplan

The Trust has endorsed the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Masterplan 2012, and included the relevant sections of the plan into the Wellington Park Bike Strategy. This will allow the consideration of the Masterplan’s recommendations for upgrading existing tracks within the Park, and for the provision of new bike tracks. All recommended actions are subject to further investigation of natural, cultural and safety values. Further information on the Masterplan can be found here.

North-South Shared Use Track

The full North-South Track, linking the Hobart and Glenorchy foothills within Wellington Park was completed in late 2012. A high quality construction, the track features forested and rock scree sections and superb views. This shared use track provides mountain bike access from the Springs to the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park, via Junction Cabin. The main trail provides a challenging ride for experienced cross country riders, with optional technical sections such as jumps and log rides. Constructed by the Hobart City Council and the Glenorchy City Council, track development has been guided by the Wellington Park Bike Strategy 2005 and the International Mountain Bicycling Association guidelines.

Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park

Located behind Tolosa Park, the GMBP was established in 2005. The track network is steadily growing so check here for the latest map update from Glenorchy City Council. The Bike Park was initiated by the Trust, Glenorchy City Council, the Office of Sport and Recreation and the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park Association Inc. to further develop riding opportunities within Wellington Park. Designed by world renowned course developer Glen Jacobs, the bike park offers a range of levels and styles of riding, and attracts local, interstate and international riders. Further information regarding upcoming events and how to get involved is available on the Glenorchy City Council website.

Wellington Park Track Users Code

When riding in Wellington Park please follow the Track Users Code and minimise your impacts by:

  • Respecting other trail users;
  • Staying on designated bike riding trails;
  • Minimising your impact on the environment; and
  • Being a safe rider.

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The code is inspired by the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Rules of the Trail.

A framework for sustainable bike riding is further detailed in the Wellington Park Bike Strategy 2005.

Riders on walking-only tracks place themselves and others at risk, while also breaching the Wellington Park Regulations. Authorised Officers monitor trail use within the Park and may issue an on–the–spot fine.

Updates on track conditions, closures and volunteer opportunities are available through Community News.

For information on bike hire and cycle tours contact the Hobart Travel Centre.