Barn Bluff

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Barn Bluff
Barn Bluff from Waterfall Valley.jpg
Barn Bluff from Waterfall Valley
Highest point
Elevation 1,559 m (5,115 ft) [2][1]
Prominence 622 m (2,041 ft) [1]
Isolation 12.78 km (7.94 mi) [1]
Listing 4th highest mountain in Tasmania[1]
Coordinates 41°43′12″S 145°55′12″E / 41.72000°S 145.92000°E / -41.72000; 145.92000Coordinates: 41°43′12″S 145°55′12″E / 41.72000°S 145.92000°E / -41.72000; 145.92000[3]
Barn Bluff is located in Tasmania
Barn Bluff
Barn Bluff
Location in Tasmania
Location Central Highlands, Tasmania, Australia
Parent range Cradle Cirque - Bluff Cirque
Age of rock Jurassic
Mountain type Dolerite
Normal route Walk / hike via the Overland Track

The Barn Bluff is a mountain located in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Australia. The mountain is situated in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park at the junction of the eastern most points of the Murchison and Mackintosh river catchments.

At 1,559 metres (5,115 ft) above sea level it is the fourth highest mountain in Tasmania,[1] exceeding the height of the more famous Cradle Mountain by 14 metres (46 ft).

The Barn Bluff is frequently snow-covered, sometimes even in summer. This mountain is perhaps the most prominent peak of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park[4] and is visible from most areas and stands on its own, well away from other peaks. It is a popular venue for bushwalkers and mountain climbers, accessible via a side trip from the Overland Track. The path is moderate to difficult and has very steep sections, with boulder scrambling toward summit. The route is marked by cairns.[5]

The mountain was formed by glacial action and erosion and is characterised, for the most part, by the dolerite slabs and boulders typical of the alpine regions of the state. Many of the summits in Tasmania are rather obscure tors perched only slightly higher than the alpine plateau on which they sit. Barn Bluff, like Cradle Mountain, presents a classic summit. The mountain’s nearest neighbours are quite distant and, therefore, the 360 degree panorama from the summit is uninterrupted and spectacular.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Barn Bluff, Australia". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "LISTmap (Barn Bluff)". Department of Primary Industries and Water. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 10 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Barn Bluff (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  4. ^ a b "Barn Bluff". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Overland Track: Daily walk notes". Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

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