Mount Gnomon Summit

Mount Gnomon Summit

Introduction

Mt Gnomon Lookout track is one of several rewarding short walks in the Dial Range, a collection of modest peaks on North-West Coast, starting just outside the quaint seaside town of Penguin. This easy 2km return walk can be done in under an hour and provides expansive views across to Mount Duncan and the surrounding valleys.

This walk can be combined with the Mount Dial walk for a half-day experience.

Getting There

View Google Map Directions From Devonport or Ulverstone take the Bass Highway towards Penguin, taking the left-hand exit outside Penguin onto South Road, which quickly becomes Dial Road. After 850m turn right onto Sports Complex Ave, following this to the junction with Ironcliffe Road and turning left. Follow Ironcliffe Road past the Ferndene Reserve picnic area and continue on as the road turns to gravel. Not long after the gravel section begins, you will encounter a wide, sweeping right-hand bend and the adjacent carpark. The trail is clearly marked on the opposite side of the road.


Trail Map

Mount Gnomon Map
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania

The Trail

From the carpark, the trail enters the forest and rises steadily for the first 15 minutes of the walk. This is the steepest section of the track but it is manageable for people of average fitness.

After the initial climb, the trail takes you through more lush forest before opening into dryer eucalyptus bush. From here, the track levels out slightly and follows the saddle of the mountain, passing giant moss-covered boulders before reaching the summit junction. Take the righthand fork and climb to the Mt Gnomon summit lookout. The left-hand fork continues to Mount Dial a further 1km away.

At the summit there are several places to sit an enjoy the spectacular views to the West, looking beyond Ulverstone towards Devonport. On a clear day you will see Hawley Heads and Badger Heads in the distance. To the South, you will easily see Mount Duncan. Beyond this, Mount Roland and Black Bluff rising out of the rich red plains and grassy fields of the north-west farming communities. Return to the car park via the same route.

Photos

The final climb to the Mount Gnomon Lookout

The final climb to the Mount Gnomon Lookout

Impressive boulders on the Mount Gnomon Track

Impressive boulders on the Mount Gnomon Track

The Mount Dial Track towards Mount Gnomon

The Mount Dial Track towards Mount Gnomon

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