List of highest mountains of Tasmania

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The Australian island state of Tasmania has a diverse range of geography but a prominent feature is the mountains of the island. Overall Tasmania is comparatively low-lying with the highest point at 1,617 metres (5,305 ft). Tasmania has ten peaks over the height of 1,500 metres (4,921 ft). With thirty peaks higher than 1,200 metres (3,937 ft), it is one of the most mountainous islands in the world, and Tasmania is Australia's most mountainous state.

The majority of the mountain peaks of Tasmania are located in the Western half of the state, starting at the coast in the South West and extending inland to the north, or in the Central Highlands.

Tasmania's mountains were part of an ancient range of volcanic peaks from the period of Gondwana, and are the source of a large portion of Tasmania's wealth in the form of mining. Although the eastern half of the state is generally lower and flatter, there are still sizeable peaks located there.[citation needed].

Historical peaks[edit]

As late as the mid-1950s adequate surveying of the mountains had not been completed - with the height of 19 peaks described as about in the list in Walch's Tasmanian Almanac of the over 115 peaks mentioned [1] The lack of sufficient surveying at that time also had the order of the top 10 peaks had: [1]

  1. Mount Ossa
  2. Legges Tor
  3. Barn Bluff
  4. Mount Pelion West
  5. Cradle Mountain
  6. Stack's Bluff
  7. Mount Gould
  8. Mount Rufus
  9. Eldon Peak
  10. Mount Olympus

When Wilkinson did his 'The Abels' in 1994, items 1-9 were the same as the current list, however Mount Geryon was not in the Abels list, and Mount Gould had not been adequately given height data at that stage.[2]

Notable peaks[edit]

The following notable mountain peaks in Tasmania range in heights from 1,200 metres (3,937 ft) above sea level to over 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) above sea level.[3]

Rank Name Altitude AHD Location Prominence Range Parent Col Notes
m ft
1 Mount Ossa 1,617 5,305 41°52′12″S 146°01′48″E / 41.87000°S 146.03000°E / -41.87000; 146.03000 (Mount Ossa) 1,614 metres (5,295 ft) Du Cane n/a 0 metres (0 ft) [4][5][6]
2 Legges Tor 1,572 5,157 41°31′48″S 147°39′00″E / 41.53000°S 147.65000°E / -41.53000; 147.65000 (Legges Tor) 1,303 metres (4,275 ft) Ben Lomond n/a 269 metres (883 ft) [7][8][9][10]
3 Giblin Peak 1,569 5,148 41°31′48″S 147°39′00″E / 41.53000°S 147.65000°E / -41.53000; 147.65000 (Giblin Peak) 9 metres (30 ft) Ben Lomond Legges Tor 1,560 metres (5,118 ft) [11][12][13]
4 Mount Pelion West 1,560 5,118 41°49′48″S 145°58′12″E / 41.83000°S 145.97000°E / -41.83000; 145.97000 (Mount Pelion West) 469 metres (1,539 ft) Pelion Mount Ossa 1,091 metres (3,579 ft) [14][15][16]
5 Barn Bluff 1,559 5,115 41°43′12″S 145°55′12″E / 41.72000°S 145.92000°E / -41.72000; 145.92000 (Barn Bluff) 622 metres (2,041 ft) 937 metres (3,074 ft) [17][18][19]
6 Cradle Mountain 1,545 5,069 41°40′48″S 145°56′24″E / 41.68000°S 145.94000°E / -41.68000; 145.94000 (Cradle Mountain) 355 metres (1,165 ft) 1,190 metres (3,904 ft) [20][21][22]
7 Markham Heights 1,542 5,059 41°30′36″S 147°39′00″E / 41.51000°S 147.65000°E / -41.51000; 147.65000 (Markham Heights) Ben Lomond Legges Tor [23]
8 Hamilton Crags 1,540 5,052 Ben Lomond Legges Tor
9 Smithies Peak 1,527 5,010 41°40′48″S 145°57′00″E / 41.68000°S 145.95000°E / -41.68000; 145.95000 (Smithies Peak) 17 metres (56 ft) 1,510 metres (4,954 ft) [24][25]
Stacks Bluff 1,527 5,010 41°37′12″S 147°40′48″E / 41.62000°S 147.68000°E / -41.62000; 147.68000 (Stacks Bluff) Ben Lomond Legges Tor [26][27][28]
11 Du Cane Range (unnamed peak) 1,520 4,987 41°56′24″S 146°02′24″E / 41.94000°S 146.04000°E / -41.94000; 146.04000 (Du Cane Range) Du Cane Mount Ossa [29]
12 Mount Geryon North 1,516 4,974 41°55′12″S 146°03′00″E / 41.92000°S 146.05000°E / -41.92000; 146.05000 (Mount Geryon) Du Cane Mount Ossa [30]
13 Mount Massif 1,514 4,967 41°54′00″S 146°02′24″E / 41.90000°S 146.04000°E / -41.90000; 146.04000 (Mount Massif) 204 metres (669 ft) Du Cane Mount Ossa Big Gun Pass [31][32][33]
14 Misery Bluff 1,510 4,954 Ben Lomond Legges Tor
15 Mount Geryon South 1,509 4,951 41°55′12″S 146°03′00″E / 41.92000°S 146.05000°E / -41.92000; 146.05000 (Mount Geryon) Du Cane Mount Ossa [34]
King Davids Peak 1,509 4,951 41°48′36″S 146°16′48″E / 41.81000°S 146.28000°E / -41.81000; 146.28000 (King Davids Peak) [35]
17 Ossian’s Throne 1,498 4,915 Ben Lomond Legges Tor
Coalmine Crag 1,498 4,915 Ben Lomond Legges Tor
19 Mount Gould 1,485 4,872 41°58′12″S 146°02′24″E / 41.97000°S 146.04000°E / -41.97000; 146.04000 (Mount Gould) 355 metres (1,165 ft) Du Cane Mount Ossa 1,130 metres (3,707 ft) [36][37]
20 Castle Crag 1,482 4,862 41°54′36″S 146°05′24″E / 41.91000°S 146.09000°E / -41.91000; 146.09000 (Castle Crag) Du Cane Mount Ossa [38]
Mount Thetis 1,482 4,862 41°51′36″S 145°59′24″E / 41.86000°S 145.99000°E / -41.86000; 145.99000 (Mount Thetis) 285 metres (935 ft) Du Cane Mount Ossa 1,197 metres (3,927 ft) [39][40]
22 The Acropolis 1,481 4,859 41°55′48″S 146°03′36″E / 41.93000°S 146.06000°E / -41.93000; 146.06000 (The Acropolis) 171 metres (561 ft) Du Cane Mount Ossa [41][42][43]
23 Mount Hyperion 1,480 4,856
24 Magnet Crag 1,464 4,803 Ben Lomond Legges Tor
25 Mount Pelion East 1,461 4,793 41°51′00″S 146°03′36″E / 41.85000°S 146.06000°E / -41.85000; 146.06000 (Mount Pelion East) 335 metres (1,099 ft) Pelion Mount Ossa Pelion Gap [44]
26 Mount Jerusalem 1,459 4,787 41°49′12″S 146°19′12″E / 41.82000°S 146.32000°E / -41.82000; 146.32000 (Mount Jerusalem) [45][46]
27 Mount Olympus 1,449 4,754 42°02′24″S 146°06′36″E / 42.04000°S 146.11000°E / -42.04000; 146.11000 (Mount Olympus) [47]
Cumner Bluff 1,449 4,754
29 Mount Gell 1,447 4,747 42°09′00″S 146°01′12″E / 42.15000°S 146.02000°E / -42.15000; 146.02000 (Mount Gell) [48][49]
30 Solomons Throne 1,446 4,744 41°49′12″S 146°17′24″E / 41.82000°S 146.29000°E / -41.82000; 146.29000 (Solomons Throne) [50]
Frenchmans Cap 1,446 4,744 42°16′12″S 145°49′12″E / 42.27000°S 145.82000°E / -42.27000; 145.82000 (Frenchmans Cap) 966 metres (3,169 ft) 480 metres (1,570 ft) [51][52]
32 Ironstone Mountain 1,443 4,734 41°42′36″S 146°28′12″E / 41.71000°S 146.47000°E / -41.71000; 146.47000 (Ironstone Mountain) Great Western Tiers n/a [53][54]
33 Eldon Peak 1,440 4,724 41°58′12″S 145°43′48″E / 41.97000°S 145.73000°E / -41.97000; 145.73000 (Eldon Peak) 610 metres (2,001 ft) Eldon Range n/a 830 metres (2,723 ft) [55][56]
34 Mount Field West 1,434 4,705
35 Mersey Crag (Ben Lomond) 1,432 4,698 Ben Lomond Legges Tor
36 Walled Mountain 1,431 4,695
37 Mount Anne 1,425 4,675
38 Western Bluff 1,420 4,659
Barrow Mountain 1,420 4,659
40 Mount Rufus 1,416 4,646
41 Macs Mountain 1,413 4,636
42 Mount Emmett 1,410 4,626
43 Fisher Bluff 1,408 4,619
44 Twin Spires (Cathedral Mountain) 1,406 4,613
45 Mount Hugel 1,403 4,603
46 Mount Achilles 1,363 4,472
47 Mount Ragoona 1,350 4,429
48 Mount Mawson 1,300 4,265
49 Mount Murchison 1,275 4,183 41°48′00″S 145°36′36″E / 41.80000°S 145.61000°E / -41.80000; 145.61000 (Mount Murchison) [57][58]
50 Kunanyi / Mount Wellington 1,269 4,163 42°53′24″S 147°13′48″E / 42.89000°S 147.23000°E / -42.89000; 147.23000 (Mount Wellington) 693 metres (2,274 ft) Wellington n/a [59][60][61]
51 Hartz Peak 1,255 4,117 43°14′45.15″S 146°45′53.59″E / 43.2458750°S 146.7648861°E / -43.2458750; 146.7648861 (Hartz Peak)
Mother Cummings Peak 1,255 4,117 41°40′38.68″S 146°32′37.45″E / 41.6774111°S 146.5437361°E / -41.6774111; 146.5437361 (Mother Cummings Peak)
53 Mount Roland 1,234 4,049 41°27′S 146°15′E / 41.450°S 146.250°E / -41.450; 146.250 (Mount Roland)
54 Quamby Bluff 1,228 4,029 41°39′14″S 146°41′48″E / 41.65389°S 146.69667°E / -41.65389; 146.69667 (Quamby Bluff)
55 Adamsons Peak 1,225 4,019
56 Federation Peak 1,224 4,016 43°16′17″S 146°28′32″E / 43.27139°S 146.47556°E / -43.27139; 146.47556 (Federation Peak)
57 Artillery Knob 1,216 3,990
58 Mount Victoria 1,207 3,960
59 Interview Pinnacle 1,200 3,937

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walch's Tasmanian Almanac for 1956 - pp.416-417
  2. ^ * Wilkinson, Bill. (1994) The Abels: Tasmania’s mountains over 1100 m high Launceston, Tas.: Regal Publications ISBN 0-949457-67-1. page 43+ Table B - The Abels arranged in Order of Altitude.
  3. ^ "Tasmania". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mount Ossa, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "National Geospatial Reference System (Peaks 1-20)". Australian Government. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mount Ossa". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  7. ^ "Legges Tor". Placenames Tasmania. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Government of Tasmania. 
  8. ^ "LISTmap (Legges Tor)". Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "Legges Tor, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Legges Tor (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  11. ^ "LISTmap (Giblin Peak)". Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Giblin Peak (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  13. ^ "Giblin Peak, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "LISTmap (Mount Pelion West)". Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  15. ^ "Mount Pelion West, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Mount Pelion West (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  17. ^ "LISTmap (Barn Bluff)". Department of Primary Industries and Water. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 10 October 2007. 
  18. ^ "Barn Bluff, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Barn Bluff (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  20. ^ "LISTmap (Cradle Mountain)". Department of Primary Industries and Water. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 19 June 2007. 
  21. ^ "Cradle Mountain, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Cradle Mountain (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  23. ^ "Markham Heights (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  24. ^ "Smithies Tower, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Smithies Peak (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  26. ^ "LISTmap (Stacks Bluff)". Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved 25 March 2008. 
  27. ^ "Stacks Bluff, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  28. ^ "Stacks Bluff (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  29. ^ "Du Cane Range (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  30. ^ "Mount Geryon (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  31. ^ "LISTmap (Mount Massif)". Department of Primary Industries and Water. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 25 March 2008. 
  32. ^ "Mount Massif, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  33. ^ "Mount Massif (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  34. ^ "Mount Geryon (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  35. ^ "King Davids Peak (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  36. ^ "Mount Gould, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  37. ^ "Mount Gould (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  38. ^ "Castle Crag (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  39. ^ "Mount Thetis, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  40. ^ "Mount Thetis (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  41. ^ "LISTmap (The Acropolis)". Department of Primary Industries and Water. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  42. ^ "The Acropolis, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  43. ^ "The Acropolis (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  44. ^ "Mount Pelion East (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  45. ^ "Mount Jerusalem, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  46. ^ "Mount Jerusalem (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  47. ^ "Mount Olympus (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  48. ^ "Mount Gell, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  49. ^ "Mount Gell (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  50. ^ "Solomons Throne (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  51. ^ "Frenchmans Cap, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  52. ^ "Frenchmans Cap (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  53. ^ Lloyd, Sarah (2012). The edge, a natural history of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers. Friends of Jacky's Marsh Inc. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-646-57082-2. 
  54. ^ "Ironstone Mountain (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  55. ^ "Eldon Peak, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  56. ^ "Eldon Peak (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  57. ^ "Mount Murchison, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  58. ^ "Mount Murchison (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  59. ^ "Mount Wellington, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  60. ^ "Mount Wellington (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  61. ^ "Tasmanian dual naming policy announced atop Kunanyi". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

See also[edit]

  • Tasmap and links for indication of the mapping of these mountains

Further reading[edit]

  • Caine, Nel. (1983) The mountains of northeastern Tasmania: a study of alpine geomorphology Rotterdam: Balkema; Salem, NH, USA. ISBN 90-6191-289-X.
  • Wilkinson, Bill. (1994) The Abels: Tasmania’s mountains over 1100 m high Launceston, Tas.: Regal Publications ISBN 0-949457-67-1.

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