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Little Mt Barrow from Tayene
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region
Mt Barrow from Tayene
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region
Mt Barrow from near Nunamara
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region
Mt Barrow in snow
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region
Mt Barrow in summer
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region
Communication station on Mt Barrow
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region
View across Mt Barrow Plateau
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region
View north of Mt Barrow
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region
View east to Little Mt Barrow
Mt Barrow
Tamar Valley Region

MOUNT BARROW & Myrtle Park

Mount BARROW is a majestic mountain east of Launceston. From the Mt Barrow Plateau, you can see much of north eastern Tasmania. For this reason the communications towers are located here. There is a lovely picnic ground at the base of Mt Barrow. However, access to the plateau is via a steep, one way road, which is only suitable for 4WD vehicles. There are some interesting walks on Mt Barrow, but these are only for experienced walkers. There are no facilities on Mt Barrow and the nearest accommodation is at Launceston.

MYRTLE PARK is a lovely, picnic ground and caravan park north east of Mt Barrow on the A3 Tasman Highway just beyond Targa.

From the Mt Barrow picnic ground, you are about 30 minutes from Mt ARTHUR, LAUNCESTON and SCOTTSDALE. While you are 60 minutes from BRIDPORT, DERBY, LILYDALE, EVANDALE, LONGFORD and CARRICK.

Nearby places are described in the TAMAR VALLEY REGION and the NORTH EAST REGION, LAUNCESTON, SCOTTSDALE, Mt ARTHUR and GEORGE TOWN pages.


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FACILITIES: For information telephone (03) 6336 5397 There are no commercial facilities on Mount Barrow. The nearest are in Launceston. Note that the access road is very narrow. There is much accommodation in LAUNCESTON.

SIGHT: Mount Barrow is one of two mountains that dominate the eastern sky line of Launceston and it is quite easy to reach. A rough track leads to the summit, as this is LAUNCESTON'S high balcony, where the communications towers are located. From the summit there is a very impressive panoramic view both of the Tamar Valley and the mountains to the east.

ROUTE: From Launceston drive east on the A3 Tasman Highway for only about 15 kilometres, until you see the sign pointing to the south east to C404 the road to Mt Barrow. This is a narrow, gravel road and is sometimes in bad condition, especially in winter, so only 4WD vehicles are recommended.

MYRTLE PARK is on the A3 Tasman Highway just north east of Targa.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY.

  • Mt BARROW
  • Little Barrow
  • Myrtle Park

 

Approach road to Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

1/ Mt Barrow is in north eastern Tasmania. It is east of Launceston and can be seen on the Launceston skyline. It was chosen as the telecommunications hub of north east Tasmania, because it is 1414 metres high. This photo shows the road that approaches Mt Barrow.

Mt Arthur seen from Mt Barrow

2/ As you climb towards Mt Barrow, this great view of Mt Arthur, just 10 kilometres away, comes into view.

Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

3/ This is the view of Mt Barrow just before you enter the forest at its base.

picnic hut at the base of Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

4/ At the base of Mt Barrow is a picnic ground and with a short forest walk.

walk near the base of Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

5/ This is the forest walk at the Mt Barrow picnic ground. The walk has a number of interpretation panels.

approach road to Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

6/ Mt Barrow is a sheer, rocky wall over 300 metres high with vast scree fields falling off it.

Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

7/ This is one of the massive, rocky peaks near the telecommunications station. It would be quite a challenge to climb it.

Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

8/ This is looking directly up the wall towards the telecommunications tower. The tower is at least 50 metres high, so you can guess at the height of the rocky wall.

view from Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

9/ Mt Barrow is a vast plateau with great views in all directions. This is looking towards the north west.

view from Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

10/ This is the view from the Mt Barrow plateau looking towards the north. The Bass Sea is visible on the horizon.

communications station on Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

11/ This is the view from the car park, looking up towards the telecommunications station on the peak. It was hard climb up this rocky peak.

Mt Barrow Tasmania

12/ This is the same view in winter. Note how the peak is now totally cloud covered and snow covers the car park. For safety reasons only 4WD vehicles are allowed on the mountain, when it is snowing.

Mt Barrow Tasmania

13/ This is the view from the car park to the single lane road down the mountain. It should be obvious why only 4WD vehicles are allowed on the mountain, when it snows.

view from Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

14/ This is the view from half way up the peak looking towards the north east. The monument is on the right.

communications station on top of Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

15/ This photo shows the telecommunications station on the peak. It has a great view of the surrounding country.

view from Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

16/ This photo is looking south towards the South Barrow Peak, where the other communications station is located. The road you can see leads towards it.

Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

17/ This photo shows the base of the cable car that was used to send materials up to the telecommunications station on the peak of Mt Barrow that you saw above.

Mt Barrow

18/ This photo was shot near Tayene, which is east of Mt Barrow. It shows the communications towers from the other point of view. You can see that the towers plainly dominate the landscape.

Mt Barrow

19/ This is a closer view of the towers. This photo was taken during the winter of 2015. Mt Barrow is frequently covered in a blanket of snow.

Mt Barrow

20/ This photo shows the other group of communications towers.

view from Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

21/ This photo shows the car park and monument. Beyond are the northern mountains.

monument at the base of Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

22/ This photo shows the monument and beyond it the other telecommunications station on South Barrow. Unfortunately, the plaque had been removed.

Hut at the base of Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

23/ Near the car park, with a great view of the northern coast, was this old emergency hut.

view from hut at the base of Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

24/ This is the impressive view out of the hut's window.

Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

25/ In many directions you can see rocks, carved by the wind into interesting sculptures.

 

Mt Barrow

1/ The road from the monument continues to the south to Little Mt Barrow, which is 1450 metres high. Here there is another telecommunications station.

Road to Little Mt Barrow in North East Tasmania

1/ The is the view looking north back towards the station on Mt Barrow seen above.

Communications towers at Little Mt Barrow

3/ This is one of the two towers at the telecommunications station at South Barrow. I estimated that it was at least 60 metres high.

View from near Little Mt Barrow

4/ This is a view of the rocky landscape around South Barrow. Beyond on the southern horizon is Launceston.

Communications towers at Little Mt Barrow

5/ This photo shows the other tower at South Barrow compared to the above tower. I estimated that it was about 120 metres high.

Mt barrow seen from Launceston

6/ This is the Mt Barrow that is seen from Launceston. It is frequently covered in snow.

 

Mt Barrow seen from Myrtle Bank

1/ Myrtle Park is off the A3 Tasman Highway just north of Targa. This is the view as you approach Myrtle Park from the North on C854 the road to Golconda. Mount Barrow dominates the countryside near Myrtle Park.

Myrtle Park near Targa Tasmania

2/ Myrtle Park is a combined caravan park, picnic ground and entertainment area. which is just north of Targa. This image shows the halls at Myrtle Park. There is also a cafe and a large toilet facility at Myrtle Park.

Myrtle Park near Targa Tasmania

3/ Myrtle Park has many grand old trees, as well as large lawns that give the area a deeply serene ambiance.

trees at Myrtle Park near Targa Tasmania

4/ This image shows one of the grand old trees of Myrtle Park. Underneath the tree is a picnic table.

stream near Myrtle Park near Targa Tasmania

5/ On the edge of Myrtle Park is a fresh water stream that is part of the water supply of Launceston.

 

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