Nestled deep within Tassie’s rugged west coast, take on this winter expedition up Mt Murchison — just be sure to bring your beanie and gloves as you’ll likely get a cold reception.
- Begin walking through spectacular rainforest
- Incredible views across the west coast and inland to Cradle Mountain
- Tough, wild feel to the area, off the tourist track
Climbing Mt Murchinson
After a long week, including Saturday work to interrupt the weekend, Sunday finally rolled around. The day was not for rest however, as a mate and I jumped into the ute and headed west.
Mt Murchison lies amongst mining towns of the West Coast and West Coast Range, both inhabited and abandoned. Turning off the highway just outside of Tullah, the start to the walk is marked by an aging wooden sign and “carpark” — a gravel strip on the opposite side of the road. A stark difference from the tourist hotspots.
The first section of the track leads you through rainforest (mind the tree roots, there are a few!), gaining elevation until it clears out onto rocky sheets and some specky views, complete with alpine lake. From here, the route is marked by cairns (rock pyramids) and involves a few tricky sections, including a scramble assisted by a rope (placed there by mother nature to help us adventurers, obviously).
On a good day, Mt Murchison promises panoramic views inland to Cradle and Barn Bluff, as well as over the towns and lakes of the West Coast. Be prepared for any weather though, as this particular trip up was brought to an early conclusion. While the weather at the base and lower altitudes was good (all things considered, it is Tasmania in August after all), higher up we faced rain, sleet and snow cover.
When it started actually snowing, we made the decision to turn around. Don’t ever be afraid to make this call. Call into the Tullah shop for a post-expedition snack and check out the 3D map of the area and some local history.
- Good walking shoes/boots
- Warm gear (be prepared)
- Snacks plus lunch and water
- The Abels: Volume Two edited by Bill Wilkinson
How To Get There
South of Tullah (4 hrs from Hobart or 1.5 hrs from Burnie) turn right off the Murchison Highway onto Anthony Road (B28). The track head is approximately 3km along Anthony Road.
- Rock climbing — some online research uncovered spots on Mt Murchison used by climbers. Looks like a tough gig!
Intermediate — 2 hazardous sections and the possibility of inclement weather increase the difficulty. A pretty steep climb too, as the elevation shows!
Distance / Elevation / Duration
Distance — 3km each way
Elevation — 1275m above sea level, gain approximately 700m
Duration — between 4 and 6 hours return
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