Mount Sorell

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Mount Sorell
Mount Sorell is located in Tasmania
Mount Sorell
Mount Sorell
Location in Tasmania
Highest point
Elevation 1,144 m (3,753 ft) [1]
Prominence 673 m (2,208 ft) [1]
Isolation 11.49 km (7.14 mi) [1]
Coordinates 42°16′12″S 145°32′24″E / 42.27000°S 145.54000°E / -42.27000; 145.54000 (Mount Sorell)Coordinates: 42°16′12″S 145°32′24″E / 42.27000°S 145.54000°E / -42.27000; 145.54000 (Mount Sorell)[2]
Location Western Tasmania, Australia
Parent range West Coast Range
Age of rock Jurassic

Mount Sorell is a mountain located in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia.

With an elevation of 1,144 metres (3,753 ft) above sea level,[1] the mountain is the most south westerly of all the peaks within the West Coast Range.[3]


The mountain was named in honour of William Sorell (1775 – 4 June 1848), a soldier who served as the third Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land.[3]

Alluvial gold was found in adjacent creeks in the 1880s.[4]


Its eastern face dominates the Clark River valley, which separates it from Mount Darwin.[5]

Because of its position, its appearance and dominance over the Macquarie Harbour just north east of Sarah Island, it was an early named mountain, and no doubt one which gave a sense of barrier to convicts with dreams of escape. Some folklore passed from convict times claim leg irons or other items were found by troops looking for escaped convicts on its slopes.

It has no points of access like the nearby mountains, and in general remains relatively untouched compared to the West Coast Range mountains with old mine workings, walking track, and other signs of human activity.

The Cape at the outer part of Hells Gates at the entrance to Macquarie Harbour is known as Cape Sorell, and there is a locality in south eastern Tasmania called Sorell.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Sorell, Australia". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Mount Sorell (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ "TASMANIA". Australian Town and Country Journal. Sydney. 21 May 1887. p. 25. Retrieved 10 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Geology of Tasmania (Map). One inch. Map square 3579, Mount Sorell. Department of Geology, University of Tasmania. 1954. Retrieved 10 June 2015.

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