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Mount Ossa (Tasmania)

Mount Ossa is a mountain of the Pelion Range located in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Australia.

Mount Ossa
Mount Ossa Tasmania.jpg
Mount Ossa pictured in 2009
Highest point
Elevation1,617 m (5,305 ft) [1]
Prominence1,617 m (5,305 ft) [1]
Isolation524 km (326 mi) [1]
State high point
Coordinates41°52′12″S 146°01′48″E / 41.87000°S 146.03000°E / -41.87000; 146.03000Coordinates: 41°52′12″S 146°01′48″E / 41.87000°S 146.03000°E / -41.87000; 146.03000[2]
Mount Ossa is located in Tasmania
Mount Ossa
Mount Ossa
Location in Tasmania
LocationCentral Highlands of Tasmania, Australia
Parent rangePelion Range
Age of rockJurassic
Mountain typeDolerite
Easiest route3½ hour return from Pelion Gap via the Overland Track

With an elevation of 1,617 metres (5,305 ft) above sea level, Mount Ossa is the highest peak in Tasmania.[3] The mountain lies in the heart of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

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.[4][5] The entire mountain is composed of Jurassic dolerite.[6]



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.[1]

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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  1. ^ a b c d e "Mount Ossa, Australia". Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  2. ^ "Mount Ossa". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  3. ^ "LISTmap (Mount Ossa)". Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Mount Ossa". UTas.
  5. ^ "Frankland, George (1800–1838)". Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  6. ^ I.B. Jennings. "Geology of the Cradle Mountain Reserve" (PDF). Economic and General Geology.

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