kunanyi / Mount Wellington Circuit via Pinnacle, Organ Pipes and Zig-Zag Tracks
3 h to 4 h
↑ 670 m ↓ -670 m
Starting from The Springs picnic area on Pinnacle Road, Wellington Park, this walk takes you on a circuit past Mount Wellington via the Pinnacle, Organ Pipes and Zig-Zag tracks. The walk starts with a steep climb along the well-marked Pinnacle Track, then follows Mount Wellington's contours past the massive dolerite pillars known as the Organ Pipes, one of the mountain's most distinctive features. It eventually reaches the Chalet, then loops around the northern side of the mountain along the Panorama Track and follows Pinnacle Road to the summit. At the summit, there's a glass-enclosed observatory that offers panoramic views and many boardwalks that lead to beautiful vantage points. From there, the loop descends steeply along the Zig-Zag track until it rejoins the Pinnacle Track, which leads back to the picnic area. This loop can be walked in either direction. The track is very rocky and the summit is known for sudden weather changes, so sturdy hiking shoes are recommended, as well as warm and waterproof clothing. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Continue onto Davey Street, B64 and drive for another 690 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Davey Street, B64 and drive for another 6.5 km
Turn sharp right onto Pillinger Drive, C616 and drive for another 4.2 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Pinnacle Road (in front of Lost Freight Cafe), head towards the "One Way" sign as you skirt the rock line. Head along the paved path gently uphill as it veers left. In about 65 metres, make a perpendicular right turn and head along the narrow dirt track (Radfords Track). Follow the said track until you get to the paved path again, then turn right and head along the said paved path for about 35 metres. Turn left and head up the steps to head along the Pinnacle Feeder Track. After about 120 metres, veer right at the Y intersection to continue along kunanyi / Mount Wellington Circuit via Pinnacle, Organ Pipes and Zig-Zag Tracks (counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Pinnacle Road.
Lost Freight Cafe (about 9 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 7 m back from the start).
Find the car park at the start.
Find the sign at the start.
Find the toilet at the start. This toilet is wheelchair accessible. This toilet is male, female and equipped with a hand-washing basin.
Then pass the picnic table (7 m on your left).
After another 7 m pass the BBQ (15 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the shelter (25 m on your left).
After another 35 m turn right, to head along Radfords Track.
After another 115 m veer right.
After another 30 m turn left, to head along Pinnacle Feeder Track.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Pinnacle Track & Pinnacle Feeder Track) veer right, to head along Pinnacle Track.
After another 1.4 km (at the intersection of Organ Pipes Track & Zig Zag Track) continue straight, to head along Organ Pipes Track.
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Organ Pipes Track & Upper Sawmill Track) continue straight, to head along Organ Pipes Track.
After another 440 m continue straight, to head along Organ Pipes Track.
After another 1.1 km pass the "The Chalet" (on your right).
Then pass the BBQ (10 m on your right).
After another 1 m (at the intersection of Pinnacle Road & Organ Pipes Track) continue straight, to head along Pinnacle Road (a road).
After another 65 m head through/around the gate.
After another 820 m (at the intersection of Panorama Track & Pinnacle Road) turn left, to head along Panorama Track (a walking track).
After another 810 m (at the intersection of Pinnacle Road & Panorama Track) veer left, to head along Pinnacle Road (a road).
After another 690 m pass the toilet (25 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Mount Wellington Pinnacle Observation Shelter and two other viewpoints that will provide you great easterly views. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Pinnacle Road.
After another 10 m turn right, to head along Pinnacle Road.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Pinnacle Road.
After another 30 m pass the "kunanyi / Mount Wellington" (50 m on your left).