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Fern Tree
Population 726 (2016 census)
 • Density 84.3/km2 (218/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 7054
Area 7.9 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Location 9 km (6 mi) SW of Hobart
LGA(s) City of Hobart, Kingborough Council
Region Hobart
State electorate(s) Clark
Federal Division(s) Clark
Suburbs around Fern Tree:
Wellington Park Wellington Park South Hobart
Wellington Park Fern Tree Ridgeway
Neika Kingston Kingston

Fern Tree is a rural / residential locality in the local government areas (LGA) of Hobart (64%) and Kingborough (36%) in the Hobart LGA region of Tasmania. The locality is about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south-west of the town of Hobart. The 2016 census provides a population of 726 for the state suburb of Fern Tree.

It is an outlying suburb of Hobart. The name Fern Tree is adapted from the common name of the plant Dicksonia antarctica (Tasmanian tree fern) which grows abundantly in the area. Set beneath Mount Wellington, whose summit is at 1270 metres above sea level, Fern Tree is 9 km by road from Hobart's central business district.


Fern Tree was originally a postal station on the road to the Huon Valley and later the site through which Hobart's water supply would pass. Settled from the mid 19th century, Fern Tree and its environs have always been a major recreational area for Hobart residents. Its many walking tracks (most notably the Pipeline Track) see tourists and locals alike appreciating the diverse flora and fauna.The pipeline track has many smaller walks going off it, up to mt Wellington and other areas.

"The first Fern Tree Tavern was built in the 1861 by John Hall." It was soon replaced by the Fern Tree Hotel, which was established by Alfred Totenhöfer, a Collinsvale farmer of East Prussian descent. Totenhöfer's hotel burnt down in the 1967 bushfires but was subsequently rebuilt as the modern Fern Tree Tavern.

Road infrastructure

Route B64 (Huon Road) runs through from north to south-west.

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