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|
It was first surveyed by Charles Gould and named after Mount Ossa in Greece following the theme of classical greek names set by George Frankland, an early Tasmanian surveyor. The entire mountain is composed of Jurassic dolerite.
The peak is fairly remote from the nearest road, however there is a well worn track from the Pelion Gap to the summit. Mt Ossa is a common side trip on the Overland Track from New Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut. The mountain can also be accessed by the Arm River Track. 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 The Overland Track during summer usually features an array of beautiful wild flowers common in the area.
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