About Fern Tree Tavern

The Fern Tree Tavern is located in the centre of Fern Tree – at the foot of Mount Wellington.

As this area of Tasmania is prone to bushfire, the current Fern Tree Tavern is actually the third incarnation of this local icon.  The first Fern Tree Tavern was built in the 1861 by John Hall as the Hobart Town Corporation was building a new water supply for Hobart.  People came from Hobart to enjoy the Tavern’s hospitality and wander the mountain trails.  They were drawn to the clean cool mountain air.  By the 1900′s Fern Tree was established as Hobart’s Mountain Retreat.

On 7 February 1967 the bushfires that devistated Southern Tasmania took much of Fern Tree, including the grand Federation-Style Fern Tree Hotel which had replaced the John Hall’s original Inn.  Since then, new waterworks have been established to enhance Fern Tree’s ability to deal with the fires.

Current day Fern Tree is a quiet town which is the doorway to Mount Wellington and all it has to offer.  The Fern Tree Tavern is a great starting & finishing point for many walks around the area including the Pipeline Track.

Matthew and Graham are looking forward to sharing a story about Fern Tree and its many attractions next time you visit the Fern Tree Tavern.