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List of highest mountains of Tasmania

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The Australian island state of Tasmania has a diverse range of geography but a prominent feature is the mountains of the island. Overall Tasmania is comparatively low-lying with the highest point at 1,617 metres (5,305 ft). Tasmania has ten peaks over the height of 1,500 metres (4,921 ft). With thirty peaks higher than 1,200 metres (3,937 ft), it is one of the most mountainous islands in the world, and Tasmania is Australia's most mountainous state.

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The majority of the mountain peaks of Tasmania are located in the Western half of the state, starting at the coast in the South West and extending inland to the north, or in the Central Highlands.

Tasmania's mountains were part of an ancient range of volcanic peaks from the period of Gondwana, and are the source of a large portion of Tasmania's wealth in the form of mining. Although the eastern half of the state is generally lower and flatter, there are still sizeable peaks located there, such as Mt Wellington.

Historical peaks

As late as the mid-1950s adequate surveying of the mountains had not been completed - with the height of 19 peaks described as about in the list in Walch's Tasmanian Almanac of the over 115 peaks mentioned The lack of sufficient surveying at that time also had the order of the top 10 peaks had:

  1. Mount Ossa
  2. Legges Tor
  3. Barn Bluff
  4. Mount Pelion West
  5. Cradle Mountain
  6. Stack's Bluff
  7. Mount Gould
  8. Mount Rufus
  9. Eldon Peak
  10. Mount Olympus

When Wilkinson did his 'The Abels' in 1994, items 1-9 were the same as the current list, however Mount Geryon was not in the Abels list, and Mount Gould had not been adequately given height data at that stage.

Notable peaks

The following notable mountain peaks in Tasmania range in heights from 1,200 metres (3,937 ft) above sea level to over 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) above sea level.

References

List of highest mountains of Tasmania Wikipedia


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