Organ Pipes track receives a tune-up

MOUNT Wellington’s popular Organ Pipes and Pinnacle tracks are set to receive a rejuvenating boost with works now underway to restore the walking track to the glory of its 1930s heyday.

The works will see the renovation of four-kilometres of the 100-year-old track in three stages over the next two-years.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the works formed part of the Hobart City Council’s ‘One Mountain, One Destination, Three New Visitor Experiences’ project.

She said the Organ Pipes works consisted of upgrading the tracks linking the Springs to the Chalet, providing an easier walking experience and building on its listing as one of the ‘Great Short Walks’ in Tasmania.

“The Organ Pipes Track is the jewel in the crown of kunanyi/Mt Wellington and is every bit as spectacular as Tasmania’s other ‘must do’ walks at Dove Lake, Wine Glass Bay and Cape Hauy,” she said.

“Having lost much of its original surfacing due to more than 80-years of continual use, restoring the tracks will be a major undertaking for our track workers.

“They will be working to renew the track surface and repair the dry stone retaining walls, which include working across larger dolerite boulder fields.”

Construction works will close the track for three-months and involve temporary closures of Pinnacle Road from Big Bend to the Chalet to enable materials to be dropped off by helicopter.

The helicopter flights will depend on the right weather conditions and will close the road from 10pm the night before until 10am the next morning.

Other tracks under the helicopter flight path will be closed at the same time.

There will be reduced car parking at the Big Bend and Chalet car parks during construction, which will wrap up in June and start again in September/October.

For more information, including the dates for scheduled helicopter flights, visit hobartcity.com.au/organpipestrack.

Caption: Works have now begun to restore four-kilometres of Mount Wellington’s Organ Pipes and Pinnacle tracks. Photo Credit: Alistair Bett.

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