If you are looking for some spectacular side trips to add to your Cradle Mountain adventure, Mt Roland offers just that and something more, with spectacular views all the way to Bass Strait on a clear day.
- Stunning tall eucalypt forest
- High alpine boardwalk though endemic alpine vegetation, including the beautiful Richea Scoparia
- Scramble over the large boulders of the Mt Roland Massif.
- Clear day views all the way to Bass Strait.
- Opportunities for side and round trips across the escarpment.
There are a few ways to get to the top, with varying degrees of difficulty. The most common route leaves Gowrie Park via O’Neil’s road. The trail initially follows a wide access track for about an hour before you cross a small creek and scramble through the steepest section, which takes you up the central valley to a large saddle (900 m). From there take the left (signposted) to Mt Roland (to the right takes you along the other ridge to a different starting point for those that want to make a loop out of it and hike Mount Van Dyke).
From this point forward, a series of intermittent boardwalks designed to reduce the impacts of foot traffic on the vegetation, takes you around the backside of the mountain with stunning views off to the south and southeast. Boardwalks are gradually replaced by a rocky trail, and after another hour or so, you will reach the summit, which is at the top of a little rock scramble over some large boulders. The entire round trip will take you around 4-6 hours depending on fitness.
- Hiking Books or sturdy shoes
- Water and snacks
- Jacket/raincoat (weather can change very rapidly in the Tasmanian Alpine)
- Head torch (if going in the late afternoon)
How To Get There
Gowrie Park is an hour and a half drive from Launceston, be sure to stop in Sheffield on the way for some good food and coffee.
- Flora lovers paradise
Beginner, some boulders at the top are a little tricky.
Distance Covered/ Elevation Gained
9km walk/ 943m