Mount Gnomon and Mount Dial

1 h 30 min to 2 h

4.7 km
return

↑ 396 m
↓ -396 m

Very challenging
Starting from the Mount Gnomon car park on Ironcliffe Road, Penguin, this walk takes you past Mount Gnomon and Mount Dial. Enjoy a pleasant walk that weaves through a tall eucalypt forest, taking in two low peaks in the Dial Range. After a short but steep climb up Mount Gnomon, you'll emerge at the edge of a cliff with excellent views towards Mount Duncan and the cities of Ulverstone and Devonport. The trail continues along the ridge towards the exposed cliff of Mount Dial, ending with a short boulder scramble that rewards you with views over the surrounding farmland, the southern Dial Range and towards Mount Roland. Small native orchids can be spotted along the trail, particularly at higher elevations. Take care and supervise children near the unprotected cliff edges. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Dial - Gnomon Track & Ironcliffe Road (-41.1773889,146.0278492)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bass Highway, 1, Penguin.
  • Turn on to then drive for 220 m
  • Turn left onto South Road and drive for another 590 m
  • Turn right onto Sports Complex Avenue and drive for another 860 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Ironcliffe Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Keep right onto Ironcliffe Road and drive for another 7.3 km
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Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Dial - Gnomon Track & Ironcliffe Road Start heading along Dial - Gnomon Track (a walking track).
After another 350 m (at the intersection of Dial - Gnomon Track & Mount Dial Track) continue straight, to head along Dial - Gnomon Track.
After another 400 m veer left.
After another 115 m come to the viewpoint (on your right).
After another 95 m pass the "Mount Gnomon" (on your right).
After another 40 m turn right, to head along Dial - Gnomon Track.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Dial - Gnomon Track & Ferndene Track) continue straight, to head along Dial - Gnomon Track.
After another 140 m pass the "Mount Dial" (30 m on your right).
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Mount Dial Summit Track & Dial - Gnomon Track) turn right, to head along Mount Dial Summit Track.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Mount Dial Summit Track & Ironcliffe Ridge) continue straight, to head along Mount Dial Summit Track.
After another 15 m come to a viewpoint.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.3 km to get back to the start.
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Mount Gnomon and Mount Dial


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 4.7 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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