Mt Murchison Daywalk

Updated: Feb 23, 2019

Arriving on the west coast a day early for Annual Adventure Weekend, John and I decided to take on Mt Murchison. We were hoping to walk a circuit - After summiting Mt. Murchison, we'd follow the ridge line down and around to Lake Sandra before dropping back down to Anthony road and walking the last few km back to the car along the road. The plan was to depart Launceston after dropping the kids off at school and arrive down at the trail head for a start mid morning. Everything ran like clock work and we were off and away. We arrived at the trail head and were off up the steep climb straight away. After a brief stint in some thick rainforest we were in the open after a short 15 minutes or so and on the rocky spurs and gullies leading up to the summit ridge.

I've always rated this as one of Tassie's best day walks and today, even though misty, we weren't disappointed. We climbed rapidly and before long were in thick mist that was keeping the top half of the mountain hidden. We trudged on through this and after about 1hr 20mins found ourselves on the summit ridge! We were a bit shocked as we hadn't been pushing it too hard. As we arrived at the trig point on the fairly spectacular summit ridge, the mist and rain set in good and proper. We had a quick lunch then talked business. Our enthusiasm for continuing along the ridge line in the mist wasn't enormous. After much too-ing and throw-ing we decided to leave that walk for another day. We finished up lunch, wiped off the spectacles, then headed back down the way we came. The weather continued with it's precipitation and mist and after a very leisurely stroll down we were back at the car 4 hours after starting. We then got in the car and rolled on to the Rosebery Pub for a few quiet ones with some late arrivals in Greg and Troy before heading into the Tyndalls the next day. The pub put on a great feed and some poor quality 8-ball was witnessed. We retired that evening to the Rosebery Caravan park to ponder the next few days ahead.

Heading up Photo courtesy of John Crawford

Mowser nearing the summit Photo courtesy of John Crawford

Crawf pondering the view

STATS (Using Suunto Ambit3)

Time 3hrs 38mins

Distance 5.92km

Ascent 769m

Our Route

Gallery below

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View towards Double Peak
Cummings Head Sunset
Mates on Cummings Head
The ascent of Federation Peak
Nude on Federation Peak
Precipitous Bluff view
Federation Peak Summit
Mowsr on the way to Frencmans Cap, 1997
About Me

My name's Matthew but my friends call me Mowser.


I've lived in Tasmania, Australia my entire life. I love the place and I love hiking. I believe Tassie has some of the best hiking/bushwalking in the world. I like to share this fact with my wife and four kids as well as our many friends by revealing to them this amazing landscape and what it has to offer.

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