Devils Gullet

Standing atop the dramatic cliffs of Devils Gullet, looking over Tasmania’s remote alpine Central Plateau, you cannot see a single sight of human existence – you could be the only person in the world. Devil’s Gullett features dramatic views into a steep, narrow glacial gorge formed by vertical dolerite cliffs 220m high, topped by alpine forest and intersected by deep valleys, mountains and rugged terrain. This landscape has been evolving for about 200 million years, since long before Tasmania broke away from the great southern landmass called Gondwana. Devil’s Gullett includes a short and easy 20-minute (return) boardwalk walk from the car park to a lookout overhanging this stunning gorge. A dramatic raw beauty lies before you, a landscape of rocks and boulders, alpine flora and eucalypts growing harshly crippled in their fight for survival under the harshest of conditions: extremes of heat in summer and bitter cold in winter.



From the lookout, visitors can see the entire Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair World heritage Area from side on, Tasmania’s highest point, Mt Ossa (1617m), the Fisher and Mersey river valleys, Walls of Jerusalem and several other major peaks and valleys. More immediately beside the path, the ever changing understory of mosses, thick lush ferns and sub-alpine shrubs, all fight for survival in this rocky terrain. The nearby Lake Mackenzie is the starting point for numerous bushwalks into the remote Central Plateau. To get there, exit Sheffield on the C146 (Claude Rd) to a few kilometres past Gowrie Park, turn left onto Oliver’s Rd and follow it until it ends. Turn right onto Mersey Forest Rd, and follow it past Lake Parangana until a left turn at a gravel road signposted with “Lake Mackenzie” and “Devil’s Gullett’’. The Gullett is about 20 minutes up Lake Mackenzie Rd. There is a car park 100 metres off the road and a track to the cliff face and lookout. The entire journey takes about 1hour and 20 minutes. The last 15kms of road is gravel, so check your car-hire lease before attempting this one. But the road is usually in very good condition and the destination is more than worth it. There are no visitor facilities at this site.


Mersey Forest Road