June 21, 2010

Mt Strzelecki National Park & Walk

Mt Strzelecki National Park  is around 4216 hectares in total on Flinders Island, Tasmania. The national park is home to a variety of diverse ecosystems and landscapes. Named in 1972 after the Polish explorer & scientist Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki, who in 1842 climbed many of the peaks on Flinders Island. Mt Strzelecki is the highest mountain peak on Flinders Island. The 3 km walking track to the summit begins about 6km down Trousers Point Road, the walk is listed in the “Great Short Walks of Tasmania” and has a sign posted with an interpretation board. Classed as a moderately difficult walk which takes about 4 to 5 hours return, it offers specatular viewpoints on the way to the summit and an exceptional 360′ view of the southern area of Flinders Island from the peak. It is advisable to carry drinking water, food and a rain coat. The climb is well marked taking you through wooded slopes and damp fern gullies over creeks and around granite boulders. With the mountain home to a range of trees including sheoaks, Acacia, Tasmanian blue gum, Oyster Bay pines, White gum and Smithton peppermints.The National Park contains 13 plant species that are classified as rare or threatened which include ground orchids.

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