Devil's Throne, Wellington Park, Hobart, Tasmania, 2021
Photographs and commentary: copyright Jonathan Nevill 2021, unless otherwise credited. Camera: Samsung Galaxy S7
Devils Throne is a group of small dolerite cliffs and rock outcrops.
The Devil's Throne Track is one of several short hikes in Wellington Park. The area is not a national park, but is a recreational and nature conservation area managed by the Tasmanian State Government and local governments through the Wellington Park Management Trust (WPMT). Activities are restricted in much the same ways they generally are within national parks: for example interfering with wildlife or plants is prohibited. Dogs are allowed in some parts of the park provided they are on a lead. Parts of the area are also water catchment zones, and certain activities are restricted or prohibited within these zones.
The aboriginal name of Mount Wellington is Kunanyi. The road leading to Mount Wellington is called Pinnacle Road, and has several small car parks along its length. To access the Devils Throne Track, you leave your vehicle in the second car park downhill from the summit. The first part of the hike follows the Thark Ridge track, which is well marked with small yellow triangles. The track is mostly very rocky, so it's slow going. After walking for about one hour, look for an unmarked track on your right; this provides access to Devils Throne Track, once you reach the other side of Thark Ridge. The return walk to Devils Throne took me 5 hours, plus 1.5 hours in stops (January 12). While Devils Throne track is fairly well marked with stone cairns, I had trouble making the connection between Thark Ridge Track and Devils Throne Track, due to vegetation overgrowth particularly around track intersections. I recommend the Tasmap Wellington Park, Recreational map, in its geo-registered version, which is available for a small fee. I was using the Avenza Maps app on my smartphone.
grid squares are 1 km. As you can see, the track to Mount Montagu runs beside and
along Thark Ridge.
Above: the landscape near the start of the Thark Ridge Track. This is a sub-alpine area, and does receive snow each winter. That's the track on the right.
Flowers and bird-calls are features of the track. Note the different colours of the leaves above and below.
You are much more likely to hear a bird than to see one. Small honey-eaters are plentiful.
Delicate and beautiful ferns.
Landscape about half way into the hike.
There are lots of grasshoppers.
Some leaves are so smooth and shiny they look as though they are made of plastic!
Small, shiny skinks are abundant.
A typical section of track near Devils Throne. Unlike the Thark Ridge Track, there are no yellow triangles marking the route.
Devils Throne, south-west section.
The Huon River valley lies in the distance.
Devils Throne, northern section.
The changing colours of the vegetation are striking.