Mount Ossa (Tasmania)
Mount Ossa pictured in 2009
|Elevation||1,617 m (5,305 ft) |
|Prominence||1,617 m (5,305 ft) |
|Isolation||524 km (326 mi) |
State high point
|Location||Central Highlands of Tasmania, Australia|
|Parent range||Pelion Range|
|Age of rock||Jurassic|
|Easiest route||3½ hour return from Pelion Gap via the Overland Track|
The peak is fairly remote from the nearest road, with more than a day's walk for most parties from the Overland Track. The ascent involves not much rock climbing but at one point there is a need for rock climbing and there is a well-marked track to the summit. Conditions can be very severe in winter, with powerful winds and freezing temperatures. A short scramble is required to ascend the summit.
The lower slopes are bushy but towards the summit the rocks are mostly bare. The walk to the summit from Pelion Gap during summer usually features an array of beautiful wild flowers common in the area.
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