Mount Murchison (Tasmania)

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Mount Murchison
Mount Murchison is located in Tasmania
Mount Murchison
Mount Murchison
Location in Tasmania
Highest point
Elevation 1,275 m (4,183 ft) [1]
Coordinates 42°48′00″S 145°36′36″E / 42.80000°S 145.61000°E / -42.80000; 145.61000[2]
Location Western Tasmania, Australia
Parent range West Coast Range
Age of rock Jurassic

Mount Murchison is a mountain on the West Coast Range located in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia.

At 1,275 metres (4,183 ft) above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the range and within the top thirty highest mountains in Tasmania.[1]

Location and features[edit]

Lying close to the Williamsford and Tullah mining areas, the mountain is often found referred to in early photographs.[3] It lies east of Zeehan, and Mount Read,[4] and north of Mount Tyndall.

The geology of the ground around the mountain relates to the range of mining activities nearby.[5]

A popular walking track leads to the summit.

It was named by Charles Gould in the early 1860s.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Murchison, Australia". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mount Murchison (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ "PICTURESQUE TASMANIA: MOUNT MURCHISON, LOOKING EAST FROM WILLIAMSFORD-ROAD.". The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946). Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 18 February 1905. p. 27. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "OPENING UP NEW COUNTRY.". Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tas. : 1890 - 1922). Tas.: National Library of Australia. 23 May 1912. p. 2. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  5. ^ McNiell, A W; Corbett, Keith D; Tasmania. Division of Mines and Mineral Resources; Mt. Read Volcanics Project (1992), Geology and mineralisation of the Mt Murchison area (MRVP map 4), Department of Mines & Mineral Resources, ISBN 978-0-7246-2147-7 
  6. ^ Baillie, Peter (2010). "The West Coast Range, Tasmania: Mountains and Geological Giants" (PDF). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania (reprint ed.). Hobart, Tasmania: University of Tasmania. 144: 1–13. ISSN 0080-4703. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 


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