Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Northern Tasmania

A great circuit walk up the prominent and rocky Mt Roland, returning via Mt Vandyke for variety. There are fabulous 360 degree views from the summit of Mt Roland, so aim to do this one on a clear day.

Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania

The circuit ascending Mt Roland and then descending via Mt Vandyke exceeded my expectations. The excellent 360 degree views from the summit of Mt Roland take in the flat expanse of land to the north and east, and the other peaks in this range to the west. Further west there are distant and famous peaks in Cradle Mountain National Park. It’s an impressively rocky and quite prominent mountain range (from most angles), and the circuit taking in Mt Vandyke is varied: It starts in lush forest and then rises onto an alpine plateau, passes boulder fields, and visits two rocky peaks which both require a bit of a scramble. The return track is very steep but this adds a bit to the sense of adventure.

And it’s all very accessible, so get on up there! Track notes at the end.

Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Mt Roland from an unlikely but marked viewpoint at the side of the road.

Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke: The Scenery

Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Near the start.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Forest on the lower slopes.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
A bird we came across down in the forested sections.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
A colourful cricket.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Approaching the summit of Mt Roland (1233m).
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Looking west towards the distant Pelion Range (left) and also Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff (right), from the summit of Mt Roland (1233m).
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Looking north from the summit of Mt Roland.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Looking east from the summit of Mt Roland.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Sophia on the summit.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Mt Claude (1034m) I think.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Sophia and me.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Below the summit.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
The Pelion Range (left), with Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff on the right.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
A few boulder fields on the alpine plateau.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Attractive alpine flowers.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Approaching the rather diminutive summit of Mt Vandyke (1084m). It still required a rock scramble to get up there.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Mt Roland viewed from Mt Vandyke.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Mt Roland from near Mt Vandyke.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
The view west-ish from Mt Vandyke.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
Looking west-ish from Mt Vandyke.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
On our way back from Mt Vandyke. Difficult lighting by this stage but the scenery remained impressive.
Mt Roland & Mt Vandyke, Tasmania
An interesting patch of forest on the lower slopes of Mt Vandyke.

Track Notes

Starting at Gowrie Park (see map below) take the left hand options on the way up to visit Mt Roland. Back track and continue roughly south west along the plateau to visit Mt Vandyke (the summit is a short side trip from the main track). The main track on the plateau is marked but sometimes easy to lose. Continue on to a junction: Continuing west takes you to Mt Claude, but turning right will take you steeply down the mountain back to the outward track. All of these options are on Google Maps, but we used track notes in Day Walks Tasmania. The whole circuit is at the hard end of moderate.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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