Mount Murchison (Tasmania)

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Mount Murchison
Mount Murchison Tasmania.jpg
A view over Shaded Lake near the peak of Mount Murchison
Highest point
Elevation 1,275 m (4,183 ft) [1]
Prominence 760 m (2,490 ft) [1]
Isolation 19.96 km (12.40 mi) [1]
Coordinates 42°48′00″S 145°36′36″E / 42.80000°S 145.61000°E / -42.80000; 145.61000
Mount Murchison is located in Tasmania
Mount Murchison
Mount Murchison
Location in Tasmania
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 track to the summit takes approximately six hours to complete.

From the trig point the nearby Towns of Tullah, Rosebery and Zeehan can be seen on a clear day. Mount Murchison is for moderately experienced climbers and contains sections that includes loose and sometimes slippery rock.

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

On the south eastern side there a number of lakes, some unnamed. From the north, they are Shaded Lake, Little Sister, Lake Gaye and Lake Sandra lying to the east of the southernmost part of the main mountain, and below a very steep cliff.

According to local tradition, it is considered good luck to throw a sausage off the top of the mountain to ward off animals on the descent.[6]

It was named by Charles Gould in the early 1860s.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "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. ^ "Tassie Tales Blog". Tassie Tales Blog. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  7. ^ 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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