Mt Dial and The Gnomon, Northern Tasmania

A pleasant circuit walk in the Dial Range, climbing two low peaks, then returning through attractive tree ferns on a section of the Penguin Cradle Trail.

Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania

The Dial Range is a small mountain range in northern Tasmania that contains pleasant walking and mountain biking tracks. There are good views (sometimes partially obscured) over northern Tasmanian, as well as atmospheric forest with many large trees ferns.

We did this walk on the day we arrived from Melbourne on the Spirit of Tasmania, as it was just a 30 or so minute drive from Devonport. It’s a good option for a half day walk if you are staying in the north as we were. You might like to visit the sleepy town of Penguin afterwards, where we enjoyed some decent fish and chips. Track notes at the end.

Mt Dial and The Gnomon: The Scenery

Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Very dense undergrowth lining the track in this section.

Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania

Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Sophia on the summit of Mt Dial (485m).
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Looking north-east from Mt Dial (485m).
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Looking north from a viewpointon the eastern side of the range (or was it The Gnomon?).
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Mt Duncan from The Gnomon (or another viewpoint, I can’t quite remember).
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Tall trees as we descended from The Gnomon on the aptly named Tall Trees Track.

Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania

Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Pretty lush.
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
I liked this leaf.
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Sophia amongst tree ferns.
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Sophia amongst tree ferns.
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Tree ferns lining the track on a section of the Cradle to Penguin Trail (CPT).
Mt Dial and the Gnomon, near Penguin, Tasmania
Tree ferns galore!

Track Notes

We used track notes in Day Walks Tasmania. The walk they describe starts on Montgomery Road just off Ironcliffe Road. You climb Mt Dial, then continue on to The Gnomon, descend via the Tall Trees Track onto Dial Road, then join up with a section of the Penguine Cradle Trail (you may notice some “PCT” signs). Continue through many attractive tree ferns, and eventually climb back up to the outward track, turning right to return to the car park. The map below shows the location of this car park… 

Nearby Walks

If you live or are staying in northern Tasmania then there are some real classic bushwalks to be done in the area. Have a browse through the ones I’ve done (below), and if you are travelling towards Hobart then I’ve included a list of those too.

Northern Tasmania
Barn Bluff ascent, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Climbing the distinctively rocky and prominent peak of Barn Bluff (1559m) in Cradle Mountain National Park makes for a classic Tasmanian alpine day walk.

Cataract Gorge Circuit, Launceston

Cataract Gorge and the South Esk River offer attractive bushwalking on the edge of Launceston in Northern Tasmania. Apart from the scenery you might also come across some unusual wildlife.

Cradle Mountain Circuit, Tasmania

Spectacular scenery all the way as you climb Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Mountain (1545m), and return via the Face Track and Twisted Lakes.

Lakes Bill and Myrtle, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania

This walk in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park visits two substantial alpine lakes, both backed by the rugged summit of Mt Rogoona.

Liffey Falls Track, Liffey Falls State Reserve

An easy walk (with a few steep sections) visiting the picturesque Liffey Falls. It passes through lush forest with very healthy looking tree ferns.

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Hobart Day Trips
Cape Huay Track, Tasman National Park

A straightforward walk that provides spectacular views of coastal cliffs on the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania.

Cape Raoul Track, Tasman National Park

One of Tasmania’s classic coastal walks to the tip of the Tasman Peninsula. There are spectacular dolerite cliffs and great coastal views.

Collinsvale Peaks Track, Wellington Park

This long but reasonably straightforward walk takes in three peaks in one day, each of them offering 360 views of the surrounding alpine plateau and further afield. The area feels fairly remote, but is only a 45 minute drive from Hobart.

Hartz Peak & Mount Snowy Track

The route to Hartz Peak (1254m) and Mount Snowy (1160m) makes for excellent alpine walking, with a variety of alpine plants, rugged peaks, and extensive views.

Mt Anne, Southwest NP

Probably the most spectacular Australian walk I’ve done to date, there are knock your hiking socks off views all the way along the track to the summit of Mt Anne (1423m) in Tasmania’s remote Southwest National Park. Huge lakes, rugged cliffs, mountain peaks, alpine plants, and more boulders than you can shake your walking poles at.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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