The Wellington Range dominates the skyline of Hobart, and most people have probably driven to the summit lookout to enjoy the amazing panorama of the city, the Derwent and the south-east of Tasmania. But do you realise that directly behind you, on the other side of the road, you are already on the edge of Tasmania’s renowned alpine wilderness? Walk just a few hundred metres from the road and you can experience the scenery, alpine plants and even birds and animals that you will also find in much more remote places.

Walk route:
We will be starting our journey to Mount Connection along the rubbly Big Bend Fire Trail, under 2 km from the summit, which is a wide and rocky fire trail that we will be able to move along at a good pace.
About 1.8km we will turn off onto the Collins Bonnet track that is starting to overgrow and can remain quite wet. The second section at the junction with the fire trail has had maintenance work and is clear and easily to follow. The track through the wooded area then meets a moorland of open heath which has been boardwalked. We will be looking out for a tarn near the summit that will take us to the true summit of Mount Connection as there is no official trail. During our visit to the summit area of Connection we will search for two features marked on the map, The Lectern and Pulpit Rock. There is a fairly steep descent in the earlier part of the walk (lose 100 m altitude) and a climb of about 100 m altitude over 2 km as the peak is ascended. On the way back, the 100 metres must be descended and then ascended! At about 4.5 km each way, this walk should be suited to energetic and resilient older children, and reasonably fit and energetic adults.

Meeting Times and Places:
We will meet at the Pinnacle Road carpark just after start of the Big Bend Trail at 10am. We will be allow 2 hours each way for the walk having lunch at the summit.
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Dan Hutchison on 0457 765 907 to book in.
See road details below. Please negotiate any alternative travel arrangements with the leader. Either way, you must contact the walk leader per details above if intending to walk. The leader should be notified of any other people you intend to bring along. Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of departure time.

To access this area from Hobart: From Hobart city, follow up Davey St. and continue as it becomes Huon Road, to the Mt. Wellington turnoff. The route an easily be followed on Google Maps (search Hobart to Big Bend Car Park) and indicates “32 min (18.6 km) via B64 and C616″. That’s where the walk starts.

Equipment and Warnings:
Bring sturdy shoes, wet/cold-weather gear, plenty of water, lunch and snacks.
Optional: trekking poles, gaiters and camera
  The following codes [from our 2020 walks calendar] apply:
     S    Steep incline for at least part of the way
     E    Exposed alpine conditions; can be dangerous in poor weather if not adequately equipped.
Click this link for a more detailed discussion of Preparation, Food and Safety guidelines for Boots N’ All walks

Map details: Mt. Connection:  1:100000 map is Tasmap 8312 (Derwent) and 1:25000 map is 5025 (Collinsvale)
Map references:
Short ref. 143520
Zone      Easting        Northing       Latitude        Longitude
55G     5 15 640      52 46 220      -42.93649     147.19168
55G 5 14 400 52 52 240 -42.88230 147.17633   

Mt. Connection (alt. 1130 m) is worth 1 peakbagger point. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger’s Guide (2000 revision) which can be downloaded (Excel) from  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.
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