Feb 2016. Slides Track. Work will commence soon on the 2720m long Slides Track to connect the two popular riding areas of Knocklofty and South Hobart. Track volunteers are needed to help progress this project. Working with Council staff, volunteers are invited to build the track on the dates listed below:
- Sunday 28th Feb: 9am to 3pm
- Monday 29th Feb: 5pm to 8pm
- Sunday 20 Mar: 9am to 3pm
- Monday 21 Mar: 5pm to 7.30pm
Dec 2014. Old Farm Track. At the Parks and Customer Services meeting of 4 Dec 2014 a report recommended "the conversion of the Old Farm Track to a mountain bike only, single direction (downhill only) track" Outlined in the report were a number of reasons for doing this:
- It will help meet a strong core demand from Hobart’s 2,500 – 4,000 downhill mountain bike riders.
- If the larger downhill MTB track concept starting from the Chalet proceeds and is well executed, the experience may also appeal to a reasonably high proportion of 7,000-12,000 Hobart based XC/All Mountain and 500-2,000 North Shore/Free riders may also use the track. Given the relatively short travel times within Tasmania, it is reasonable to suggest that there would be some intrastate participants, and potentially some interstate participants.
- The conversion may be of concern to some walkers and cross-country mountain bike riders. This concern however is tempered by other nearby walking and riding options (the Myrtle Gully Track for walking and the Old Farm Fire Trail for walking and cross-country mountain bike riders in both directions).
- The Old Farm Track will be closed for one week during the construction phase of the project. Notifications of the track closure will be undertaken to advise all track users.
Council will make a decision on whether to proceed with the project on 15 December 2014.
Jan 2014. Radfords Track Works. The Council will be undertaking work to Radfords Track, between The Springs and Pinnacle Road commencing Monday 20th January. The work is expected to be completed within three weeks, hence work will be completed by Friday 7th February. The work being undertaken will include installing chicane structures comprised of large logs and rocks throughout the length of the track. These chicanes will be placed in specific locations with the express aim of reducing the speed with which mountain bike riders can achieve on the track. The desired outcome is that the risks associated with shared use track are managed and that mountain bike riders will ride on the track at a speed that is acceptable to all users of the track.
Radfords Track is a bi-directional shared use track, and is open for walkers, people walking dogs on lead and bike riders. Installing these chicane structures will ensure that all users will have the opportunity to safely enjoy the track and the environment that it is located within. The entire track will not be closed during the entire three weeks. Sections of the track will remain open that aren’t being worked on. However, access to The Springs may be limited at times. The Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during this time. The works are fully supported by the Wellington Park Management Trust.
28 Nov 2013. Track Closure. Grays Fire Trail, Wellington Park - Pipeline Track south of Silver Falls, via private property and Hobart City Council property. This illegally constructed track will shortly be closed. Reasons:
- It has been cut/built across privately owned property without the landowner’s permission
- It has been cut/built within Wellington Park without approval
- Unauthorised track construction jeopardises Park values and the amenity and safety of Park users. The Park values are protected by Regulations which provide for hefty penalties.
- This environment is home to sensitive communities of flora and fauna, including threatened species and sites of aboriginal and European cultural heritage; this is why proper surveys are done before track work is authorised.
Rehabilitation work will be costly and time consuming: resources which are otherwise used for maintenance and construction of tracks in Hobart’s Bushland reserves including Wellington Park. If you are interested in growing the track network, see below for how you can get informed and involved.
MTB Track Building opportunities - The Hobart Trail Groomers are actively looking for riders to help build and maintain tracks in the Meehan Range and Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park. Find them on facebook or via DirtDevils and other websites. The Wellington Park Management Trust and the Hobart City Council ask all riders to respect track development processes, which are already in train, and which will benefit everyone if allowed to run their course. A large number of riders have cooperated with land managers in the track planning process and we thank them sincerely for this. For any further information you can contact the Wellington Park Ranger Ben Masterman on 0408 517 534, or the Hobart City Council Bushland Project Officer Richard Greenhill on 6238 2886.
Jan 2010. The 1.1km second stage connects the lower carpark at The Springs with Shoobridge bend on the Pinnacle Rd. It means that riders can start from the Springs without having to travel down the road to access the track.
May 07. The Glenorchy City Council and Green Corps have recently completed the new multi-use track in Wellington Park, that is open to Mountain Biking, Bushwalking and Dog Walking. The track is usable now as an extension of the cross-country trails in the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park above Tolosa Park, which will take you all the way to the top of the downhill course and to the boundary with Hobart City Council at Newtown. Whilst Hobart Council is currently working on their side of the border to link the track all the way through to the Springs on Mt Wellington, those works are still at least 12 months away, but once completed it will provide a truly iconic mountain biking experience.