Cathedral Rock Track
  • Length: 8.5km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Cathedral Rock Car Park

  • End: Cathedral Rock Car Park

  • Closest Town: Leslie Vale

  • Location: Wellington Park

  • Distance from state capital: 27km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -42.952555

  • Longitude: 147.205966

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

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Winding Road

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Speed Bumps

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Entry Fee

Ample Parking

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Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

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Trail Features

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Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

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The Cathedral Rock Track is a 8.5km, grade 4 return hike located in the Wellington Park area of Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Summary

This challenging walk meanders through wet forest beside the boulder-strewn North West Bay River. The track then heads away from the river up a steep, zig-zagging, heart-testing climb to the towering dolerite columns of Cathedral Rock. The reward for your effort includes breathtaking views across southern Tasmania. This is the only walk in Kingborough that takes you to such giddy heights.

Super fun, very challenging hike. First section journeys alongside the riverbed and is very pleasant. Track then veers off and the incline quickly increases until you are huffing and puffing your way straight up the hill. The last section to summit the rock is very steep.

Getting There

From Hobart head south on the A6, turn right on to Leslie Road and then make a hairpin turn onto Betts Road. Betts Road is a small road in which you need to park immediately after the river otherwise you start driving onto private property.

Tips

  • This walk climbs into the sub-alpine area to an altitude of 880m.
  • Take a raincoat and warm clothes for protection, as the summit is quite exposed.
  • Keep away from cliff edges and closely supervise children.
  • Take care when walking on the large riverbed pebbles.
  • If you want to keep a steady pace, you’re going to sweat it out!
  • Taking off you jacket ready to put it back on at the top is a good idea.
  • Narrow bush track, multiple steep climbs.
  • Limited parking at start of track.

Contributed by Tim Slingsby

Total distance: 8249 m
Max elevation: 797 m
Min elevation: 278 m
Total climbing: 670 m
Total descent: -670 m
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