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The Western Arthurs are renowned for being one of Australia’s most beautiful mountain ranges as well as one of its most dangerous due to its treacherous rock climbing sections and full exposure to the wild weather coming off the Southern Ocean.
Situated in Tasmania’s Southwest National Park World Heritage Area, the trek to the Western Arthurs begins at Scott’s Peak Dam. A full traverse of the Western Arthur Range takes about a week, but many people, including myself, only venture as far as Lake Oberon and then turn around, avoiding the most dangerous and technically difficult rock climbing sections. Tasmania’s renowned wilderness photographer, Peter Dombrovskis, died on Mt. Hayes, the highest peak of the Western Arthur Range.
This photograph was taken near Square Lake, the last point of interest before the renowned Lake Oberon. Lake Ceres is another small lake down from Square Lake, and it is nestled at the bottom of this dramatic ridge line. The jagged quartzite skyline dotted with alpine scrub is classic of the entire Western Arthurs Range.