Tuesday, 26 Jan 2021

Mount William (Wukalina)

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“Top Walks in Tasmania”

Melanie Ball

Mount William (Wukalina)


Mount William. Coastal plains, wildlife and wonderful views from an easy ‘mountain’ top make for a wonderful day out in Tasmania’s far north-east.

Mount William (Wukalina) - photo 1

 Mount William. It’s not much of a climb but the view from Mount William is panoramic.


13.5km out-and-back

Time required

4–5 hours

Best time

Clear, sunny day




Coastal plains, banksia scrub, rocky rise with views, wildlife

Best map

This one


Pit toilets in coastal campsites and in the summit car park




Bring drinking water because only bore water is available in the park.

Allow time after climbing Mount William to get pure-white granite sand between your toes on Stumpys Bay beach, at the northern end of Tasmania’s Bay of Fires coastline.

Good meals, cute rooms and a cosy guest lounge make the Gladstone Hotel a great budget base for exploring and enjoying the northern reaches of Mount William National Park.

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Mount William

     Rising a mere 216m from north-east Tasmanian coastal heathland, Mount William is more blip than mountain. But that small elevation rewards big time and the mostly flat walk leading to the top is a gem. (There is a shorter walk from the summit car park but that robs you of the lazy plains traverse.)

     The closest town to Mount William National Park is the north-east town of Gladstone, from where you’ve got 17km of good gravel road into the park. A scenic, clockwise loop drive brings you to the Mount William walking track trailhead, in a small parking area between coastal Stumpys Bay campsites numbers three and four.

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Mount William

    A flat, compacted-sand track heads straight for the ‘mountain’ rising from the plain, giving you an easy walk though grass trees and coarse-barked eucalypts with narrow leaves, tea tree and stands of banksias, many blackened by fuel-reduction burns. Pink and white bell-shaped common heath flowers poke from the ground-hugging heath shrubs that grow everywhere here.

     The black-white-and-yellow New Holland honeyeaters that love this heath are one of the nearly 100 bird species recorded in the park. Many of the others are better camouflaged so you’ll hear more birds than you see but there’s no missing yellow-tailed black cockatoos, Tasmania’s largest parrot species, flying overhead.

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Mount William

     Mount William National Park was established in the 1970s, in part to provide a refuge for the Forester kangaroo, a Tasmanian subspecies of mainland Australia’s eastern grey, then in grave danger of extinction, and you’ll often see them grazing the plain. More sightings of Foresters, and of wombats, pademelons and wallabies, are almost guaranteed if you leave the park via Forester Kangaroo Drive.

     Lucky walkers might also see a Tasmanian devil: several healthy devils were released here in 2017 to live with the existing population, 20 years after a contagious disease (devil facial tumour disease or DFTD) was discovered here. The disease has killed 80% of the island state’s iconic carnivores. This was the third Wild Devil Recovery (WDR) trial, which followed encouraging results with immunotherapy trialled elsewhere; the first animals were released, in September 2015, in Narawntapu National Park.

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Mount William

     About 1.8km from the car park you reach a gate and fence (see point 1 on map), on the left. Vehicular tracks run west along the fence line and left, through the gate, where the walking track resumes (marked with yellow arrow). Mount William peeps over the scrub as you walk on between tea tree and long-leafed wattles (acacia) strung with creamy yellow flower baubles from autumn to spring. Here too are banksias, eucalypts and grass trees; in places she-oak needles cushion your footfalls.

     The track swings hard left and crosses an eroded creek fitted with a water pipe under the track (see point 2 on map). A vehicle-wide track leads to another eucalypt-lined eroded creek with recent pipework and a handrail, beyond which you enter the parking area where the shorter summit walk (45 minutes return) starts.

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Mount William

     Here you’ll likely meet a friendly wallaby practised at photographic modelling. It’s probably familiar with being hand-fed by visitors but resist the temptation; as well as creating an expectation of food, which can lead to aggression, feeding wild animals can cause illness and death.

     From this parking area the summit track steps into forest quite different from that on the plain: greener grasses, taller eucalypts, denser banksias, and a canopy that casts striped shadows on a sunny day. Compacted track, with the odd exposed root, passes granite boulders (see point 3 on map) on its approach to the summit, swinging right and giving you a short ascent through needle-sharp shrubs with fragmented coastal views between the trees. Look for an orange post on the left marking the final up.

Mount William (Wukalina) - photo 7Mount William

     Step around the trig point and go another 20m east to a granite slab where water pools after rain. This is a top spot for lunch or to just overlook the park listening to the hum of bees collecting nectar from the flowering shrubs encircling you. It’s also a great spot to lie back watching a wedge-tailed eagle riding the thermals.

     Given how little you have climbed, the view is remarkable: a panorama swinging anticlockwise from the inland Blue Tiers, to the sea, up the rocky coast, dotted with fragments of offshore islands, to the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait. From the top, retrace your steps down through the banksias and bracken forest to the car park.


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