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Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair national park, Tasmania, Australia.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 1,472 m (4,829 ft)
Prominence 592 m (1,942 ft)
Isolation 6.35 km (3.95 mi)
Geography
Location Tasmania, Australia

Mount Olympus is a mountain in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania, Australia. It is the 24th highest mountain in Tasmania at 1,472 metres (4,829 ft) above sea level and is situated about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) South-East of Mount Gould and about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west of Lake St. Clair.

History

In 1835 George Frankland climbed the mountain and named it Mount Olympus.

Art

Wc Piguenit - Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair, Tasmania, the source of the Derwent - Google Art Project
Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair, Tasmania, the source of the Derwent

Mount Olympus was painted by the Australian landscape painter, William Charles Piguenit. It was purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1875 and was the Gallery's first oil painting acquisition, "the first Australian work purchased by public subscription", and the first work acquired by the gallery of an Australian-born artist.

Another of Piguenit's Olympus paintings is held by the National Library of Australia.

Flora

Nothofagus gunnii was first collected by Ronald Campbell Gunn in 1847 from Olympus. It is "Australia's only cold climate winter-deciduous tree", is found mainly in areas above 800 metres with rainfall of more than 1800mm, and is one of the plants that indicates Gondwana.

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