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Devils Gullet looking east.
Devils Gullet
North West Region
Devils Gullet looking west.
Devils Gullet
North West Region
Devils Gullet looking south.
Devils Gullet
North West Region
Lake McKenzie from Mt Parmeener
Devils Gullet
North West Region
Shore of Lake McKenzie
Devils Gullet
North West Region
Native pines on Lake McKenzie
Devils Gullet
North West Region
Tarn near Lake McKenzie
Devils Gullet
North West Region
Tarn and alpine vegetation
Devils Gullet
North West Region
Waratah found near Lake McKenzie
Devils Gullet
North West Region

DEVILS GULLET, Mt Parmeener & Lake MacKenzie

DEVILS GULLET is a spectacular valley lookout with a grand view of the mountains to the south. It is a great place from which to appreciate the vast southern highlands of Tasmania. It is easy to access, but there are no facilities at the lookout or nearby. It is located in northern central Tasmania and is about 30 minutes south of the Mole Creek settlement.

It is on a dead end road, so you need to return to B12 near MOLE CREEK to go anywhere else. For this reason you should orient yourself from MOLE CREEK.

From MOLE CREEK you are 15 minutes from, DELORAINE WESTBURY and SHEFFIELD. You are just 30 minutes from Mt JERUSALEM, DEVONPORT, LATROBE, CARRICK and ULVERSTONE.

Nearby places are described in the REGION CENTRAL MOUNTAINS, MOLE CREEK, REGION TARKINE, Mt JERUSALEM, DEVONPORT, CARRICK, DELORAINE, WESTBURY, ULVERSTONE, SHEFFIELD, Mt ROLAND and the LATROBE pages.


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FACILITIES: For information telephone (03) 6363 5133 There are no commercial facilities near the Devils Gullet. There is a toilet and a tourist board at the start of the walk. The nearest shopping precinct is at Ulverstone. There is some accommodation at ULVERSTONE.

SIGHT: The Devils Gullet is a spectacular cliff hundreds of metres above the Fisher River Valley. It is a very beautiful place and I am, frankly, surprised that it has the strange name "the Devil's Gullet". An easy 15 minute walks takes you to the lookout, where you see both the 200 metre drop and the mountains beyond the valley. On clear days, you can see all the way to CRADLE MOUNTAIN. You can even see Mt Ossa, the highest mountain in Tasmania.

On windy days you are hit by an unworldly experience as the wind races over the cliffs. On foggy days the view into the mist covered valley is like looking down from Heaven. For these reasons it is a favorite with photographers. Unfortunately, I took my photos on a cloudy day, when the Devils Gullet was not putting on his best colors.

Mt PARMEENER can be reached by following the Parsons Track, which exits at Lake MacKenzie. This track is difficult to follow in sections and involves scrambling up rocks. It is only recommended for experience trekkers.

LAKE MACKENZIE is a hydro electric lake, which is popular with fishermen. It is east down the gravel road from the Devils Gullet Lookout. There are 2 tracks on the northern edge of Lake MacKenzie that lead north to Mt Parmeener.

ROUTE: From MOLE CREEK you drive west towards King Solomons Cave. Just before the cave you turn south onto Mersey Forest Road. You follow this south, until it turns south east into Lake McKenzie Road, which you follow to the Devils Gullet car park. You can continue down Lake McKenzie Road to the Lake McKenzie. LAKE

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  • DEVILS GULLET
  • Mt Parmeener
  • Lake MacKenzie

 

Devils Gullet

1/ The Devils Gullet is in northern central Tasmania south of Mole Creek. From the Devils Gullet lookout you look out upon a vast chasm that stretches 3o kilometres to the South. The peaks of many mountains are visible. Before you is a vast, near vertical cliff.

Devils Gullet

2/ To the south west of the Devils Gullet, you can see Mt Bran Bluff, which is about 30 kilometres away.

Devils Gullet

3/ In this close up photo you can see Mt Bran Bluff, on the left, and Cradle Mountain on the right.

Devils Gullet view of Fisher Bluff

4/ This photo shows Mt Fisher Bluff on the extreme left, which is south east of the Devils Gullet lookout.

Devils Gullet view of Mt Achilles

5/ This photo taken from the Devils Gullet, shows Mount Achilles. This is the strange, pointed peak in the centre of the photo.

Devils Gullet view of Mt Pelion West

6/ This photo taken from the Devils Gullet, shows Mt Pelion West. This is the large, flat topped peak in the centre of the photo.

Devils Gullet

7/ I took this long format photo to show the extreme 200 metre drop to the south west of the Devils Gullet lookout. At the bottom is a vast scree field.

Devils Gullet

8/ This photo shows the extreme drop you see when looking towards the south east of the Devils Gullet. At the top left is Mt Fisher Bluff.

Devils Gullet

9/ This is the scree field at the base of the Devils Gullet lookout. I estimate that the small rocks you can see here are about as large as a car.

 

Mt Parmeener

1/ Mt Parmeener is in central northern Tasmania. It is south of the town of Mole Creek. This gallery shows photos made on a visit to Mt Parmeener in 2012. This image shows Mt Parmeener in the centre. To its right is Gunns Peak and then Western Bluff.

Mt Parmeener

2/ We approached Mt Parmeener from the north via Parsons Track. This track exits Parsons Road, which exits from Caveside Road, which is south east of Mole Creek. This image shows our first close up view of Mt Parmeener. The summit is 1256 metres high.

Mt Parmeener

3/ This hut on Parsons Track is used as a shelter by bush walkers.

Mt Parmeener

4/ This image shows our walkers entering the dense forest on the edge of Mt Parmeener.

Mt Parmeener

5/ This image shows the regrowth forest at the base of Mt Parmeener. This area has been extensively logged.

Mt Parmeener

6/ One of the first resting points on the walk was Haberle's Hut. It is an ancient shelter built by ancient bush walkers.

Mt Parmeener

7/ Occasionally the forest broke to reveal the panorama around us. This view looks to the west at the edge of Western Bluff and beyond it to a distant Mt Roland.

Mt Parmeener

8/ This enchanting view looks to the north at distant dairy farms engulfed in clouds. In the distance is the Gog Range. This area has some of the best dairy farms in Tasmania.

Mt Parmeener

9/ Our journey was noteworthy for the many beautiful flowers that we saw beside Parsons Track like this beautiful richea.

Mt Parmeener

10/ These colourful flowers were in great profusion.

Mt Parmeener

11/ There are so many wild flowers in the forests of Tasmania that you need to bring a botanist to identify them all.

Mt Parmeener

12/ Towards the summit our walkers had to scramble over bare rock faces.

Mt Parmeener

13/ Water erosion created these interesting patterns in these rocks.

Mt Parmeener

14/ This image was taken near the summit of Mt Parmeener and looks to the east. The first feature is Nells Bluff followed by Mother Cummings Peak. In the distance is Quamby Bluff.

Mt Parmeener

15/ This view was taken near the summit and looks to the north east.

Mt Parmeener

16/ At the top of Mt Parmeener is an alpine plateau. Here you can see our walkers walking towards the highest point.

Mt Parmeener

17/ We lunched on the highest point of Mt Parmeener. This image shows the view to the north. In the distance is the Gog Range.

Mt Parmeener

18/ This view also looks to the north and shows the steepness of the cliffs of Mt Parmeener.

Mt Parmeener

19/ This image shows more of the rugged cliffs that make up the Great Western Tier Mountains.

Mt Parmeener

20/ This view looks to the north west towards Western Bluff.

Mt Parmeener

21/ This view also looks to the north west past Western Bluff towards a distant Mt Roland.

Mt Parmeener

22/ We now began our journey to the south to our exit point This image looks south across the vast plateau that lay before us.

Mt Parmeener

23/ Our party then journeyed some distance to the south on the Parsons Track to a distant Lake MacKenzie. Here you can see a slither of this lake on the horizon.

Mt Parmeener

24/ This image shows a distance Lake MacKenzie from where our group were collected.

 

Lake MacKenzie

1/ Lake MacKenzie is a hydro electricity lake in north western Tasmania. It is south of Mt Parmeener and east of the Devils Gullet Lookout. It can be reached on the gravel road from the Devils Gullet Lookout. Lake MacKenzie is a popular fishing venue. It also has some interesting native pine forests, plus 2 track leading north to Mt Parmeener. This image looks east across Lake MacKenzie. Beyond this distant hill is Lake Balmoral.

Lake MacKenzie

2/ This image looks south towards the MacKenzie Dam. Hydro electric dams are rarely full of water.

Lake MacKenzie

3/ This image looks south east and shows the rich vegetation present in the shallows.

Lake MacKenzie

4/ This image looks north towards Mt Parmeener. You can see in the preceding gallery. It shows the distinct vegetation zones that surround the Lake MacKenzie. The most distant zone is a native pine forest. When it is full the water level reaches up to the pine forest.

Devils Gullet

5/ This image was taken on a trip on Parsons Track and shows the edge of the Great Western Tiers. The distant mountain in the centre is Quamby Bluff.

Lake MacKenzie

5/ This image looks across Lake MacKenzie from the south eastern corner of the lake.

Lake MacKenzie

6/ This image shows the effects of a changing water level.

Lake MacKenzie

7/ Around the lake were many ancient pencil pines.

Lake MacKenzie

8/ These exotic plants are cushion plants. They only grow in wet places. 9/ These 2 eucalyptus trees add a touch of character to the lovely lake scenery.

Lake MacKenzie

9/ These 2 eucalyptus trees add a touch of character to the lovely lake scenery.

Lake McKenzie

11/ These next photos were taken on a separate trip from Lake McKenzie south to Middle Lake. This journey passed through a variety of landscapes. Here you can see a lovely tarn. There are still patches of snow nearby even though this photo was taken in the summer.

Lake McKenzie

12/ This tarn is in alpine vegetation and nearby is a eucalyptus forest.

Lake McKenzie

13/ This tarn had both native pines and pencil pines on its shores.

Lake McKenzie

14/ The tarn had some strange shapes and contrasts. There is a deep serenity about Tasmania's alpine tarns.

Lake McKenzie

15/ This photo shows the typical terrain that we passed through. Sparse grasses interspersed with groves of native pines, plus cushion plants and glacial boulders.

 

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