Mount Roland (1233m) provides a stunning backdrop to the Kentish Municipality and is the spiritual centrepiece of the local community. The mountain is a landmark that can be seen from much of the northern half of Tasmania, and is ever-changing as different light conditions play off its blue rocky face. The summit affords one of the most spectacular views in Tasmania, with 360 degree vistas taking in much of the northern half of the island, from the north-east tip to the west coast, and south across the central Highlands. There are two tracks to the summit. From a distance, they may appear fearsome as from most angles Mount Roland has steep bastions of seemingly impregnable cliffs. But the day walk is definitely worth it.
The primary walking track starts at Gowrie Park Village on O'Neill's Road off the C136. Walking time takes from four to six hours return. This is the easiest track to walk to the summit as it has a moderate incline. From Sheffield, follow C136 (Claude Rd) to Gowrie Park Village. At the entry to the village, turn left into O'Neill's Road and drive for approximately one kilometre to the carpark. The walk follows a vehicle track for a few kilometres. You will pass a couple of waterfalls and creeks. After 45-60 minutes you will come to a log bridge that crosses O'Neill's Creek. The trail becomes a narrow track and starts to steepen. The track continues for a further 30 minutes in order to reach the saddle at 900m elevation. Turn left (north) towards the summit. The track rises gently across the plateau and the summit is approximately an hour away. The trig point at the top of the summit provides spectacular 360 degree views to Bass Strait, Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff. This is a walk of medium difficulty and involves some extended uphill sections, though the track is of high quality. The summit is usually vold and weather conditions can change rapidly so go prepared for cold weather, even if it is sunny when you set off. Street shoes are not recommended. The second track, the Mt Roland via Kings Road (Face Track), starts from Kings Road, Claude Road Village off the C136. The track turns into a steep mountain climb. This track is not recommended as it is potentially dangerous, steep and awkward. Walking time takes from three to five hours return.
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Claude Road Mount Roland, Tasmania, Australia, 7316