Tasmania is an island and state off the coast of mainland Australia. The state includes a main island and 334 smaller islands that cover a combined area of 68,401 square km. Tasmania has vast tracts of protected areas that account for 42% of the state's total area. Tasmania is also Australia’s most mountainous state, and the west-central part of the state features most of the mountains and is known as the Central Highlands region. Most mountains in Tasmania were formed as a result of glaciation. A list of the highest mountains in Tasmania is provided below.
1. Mount Ossa
Mount Ossa has an elevation of 5,305 ft and is the highest mountain in Tasmania. The mountain is located in the Central Highlands region of the state and is part of the Pelion Range. It is located centrally in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is relatively far from the nearest road. It is fairly easy to climb and involves rock climbing for only a short stretch. Mount Ossa is composed of dolerite rocks from the Jurassic period.
2. Legges Tor
Legges Tor has an elevation of 5,157 ft and is the second highest summit in Tasmania. The mountain is part of the Ben Lomond range and was named after Australian ornithologist and soldier, Colonel William Vincent Legge. The mountain area is a popular destination for bushwalkers.
3. Giblin Peak
Giblin Peak has an elevation of 5,148 ft above sea level and is also part of the Ben Lomond range. The peak was named after former Premier of Tasmania, William Giblin. Giblin Peak is the highest point in the Giblin Fells bluff.
4. Mount Pelion West
Mount Pelion West has an elevation of 5,120 ft and is the fourth highest summit in Tasmania. The mountain is part of the Pelion Range, and like Mount Ossa, it is located in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Climbing Mount Pelion West is a challenging task, and is considered more difficult to climb than Mount Ossa, the highest peak in Tasmania. Massive dolerite boulders near the summit of the mountain create barriers that prevent easy movement to the top.
5. Barn Bluff
Barn Bluff has an elevation of 5,115 ft and is the fifth highest summit in Tasmania. Located in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, it has a prominence of 2,041 ft that makes it stand out prominently in the surrounding landscape. The mountain remains snow-covered in winter and occasionally even during summer. Barn Bluff is popular among climbers and bushwalkers and offers a moderate to difficult route to the summit.