Great Western Tiers

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Great Western Tiers
Drys Bluff from the main road.JPG
Drys Bluff, part of the Great Western Tiers.
Highest point
Elevation 1,443 m (4,734 ft)
Country Australia
State Tasmania
Region Central Highlands
Range coordinates 41°45′S 146°35′E / 41.75°S 146.58°E / -41.75; 146.58Coordinates: 41°45′S 146°35′E / 41.75°S 146.58°E / -41.75; 146.58

The Great Western Tiers are a collection of mountain bluffs that form the northern edge of the Tasmanian Central Highlands Plateau. They stretch from the 1,420-metre (4,660 ft) Western Bluff near the town of Mole Creek to the 1,210-metre (3,970 ft) Millers Bluff, approximately 25 km west of Campbell Town.[1]

The tiers form an escarpment between the high, rocky, sparsely inhabited central plateau and the lower land of the Meander Valley and the northern midlands. The edge of the tiers have prominent cliffs and columns of Jurassic dolerite. The highest peak in the tiers is the 1,443-metre (4,734 ft) Ironstone Mountain. Unlike most of the bluffs this mountain is not visible from the Meander Valley, but is south of the escarpment.[1] The dolerite is so prominent as the older rocks that overlay them are softer and have been eroded away. In places dolerite columns have collapsed into scree slopes.[2]

Panorama from Chudleigh towards The Great Western Tiers


The peaks and bluffs of the Great Western Tiers include: Ironstone Mountain; Mother Cummings Peak; Neals Bluff; Panorama Hill; Mount Parmeener; Western Bluff; Dry's Bluff; Quamby Bluff; Projection Bluff; Millers Bluff; Billop Bluff; Mount Blackwood. Many walking tracks ascend the face of the Tiers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Lloyd, p.1
  2. ^ Lloyd, p.5


  • Lloyd, Sarah (2012). The edge, a natural history of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers. Friends of Jacky's Marsh Inc. ISBN 978-0-646-57082-2.