Mount Ossa (Tasmania)

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For the mountain in Greece, see Mount Ossa (Greece).
Mount Ossa
Mount Ossa Tasmania.jpg
Elevation 1,617 m (5,305 ft)
Prominence 1,617 m (5,305 ft)
Listing Ultra
Mount Ossa is located in Tasmania
Mount Ossa
Mount Ossa
Tasmania, Australia
Coordinates 41°52′15″S 146°02′00″E / 41.87083°S 146.03333°E / -41.87083; 146.03333Coordinates: 41°52′15″S 146°02′00″E / 41.87083°S 146.03333°E / -41.87083; 146.03333[1]
Type dolerite
Age of rock Jurassic
Easiest route 3½ hour return from Pelion Gap

Mount Ossa is the highest mountain in Tasmania, at 1,617 metres (5,305 ft).[2] It lies in the heart of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The entire mountain is composed of Jurassic dolerite and the peak is named after Mount Ossa in Greece, which features in Greek mythology.


The peak is fairly remote from the nearest road, with more than a day's walk for most parties but the ascent involves no rock climbing and there is a well-marked track to the summit. Conditions can be very severe in winter, with powerful winds and freezing temperatures.

The lower slopes are bushy but towards the summit the rocks are mostly bare. The walk to the summit from Pelion Gap during summer usually features an array of beautiful wild flowers common in the area.

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  1. ^ "Mount Ossa, Australia". Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  2. ^ "LISTmap (Mount Ossa)". Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
360° view from the top of Mount Ossa.
360° panorama from the summit of Mount Ossa

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