Devil’s Gullet, Tasmania
The Devil’s Gullet! After 5 long months of waiting, we finally got another chance to attempt reaching the Devil’s Gullet after our first failed attempt.
This time we decided to tackled the steep mountain road in summer, and not the slippery icy conditions we tackled last time.
We also wanted to avoided the ice covered, slippery stairway that we dangerously tried to navigate in winter.
That damn road!
On our first failed attempt to reach the Devil’s Gullet, the snow covered road created a rather stressful, dangerous situation.
Thankfully, summer weather sorted the slippery snow problem, but we soon found out that without the snow blanketing the terrain, the roads bumps, potholes and loose rocks are exposed.
These loose rocks create two issues.
One, they can be so thick that they roll under your tyres and you lose traction slightly. Not enough to lose control of your car at low speeds, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to break any land speed records.
The second issue is that it’s impossible to stop them flicking up and hitting your car, even at extremely slow speeds. The entire ascent was one big sound track of clinks and clunks as rocks bombarded the wheel arches and car panels.
Over all though, the drive up was much less stressful in summer and without having to concentrate so hard on not dying, You get to enjoy more of the incredible views that this high mountain road has to offer.
[alert type=”warning” dismiss=”no”]Due to possible rock damage, we would advise avoiding the Devil’s Gullet if you’re using a rental car. The road is also classified as a private road. Check your car rental clause if you plan to take the risk anyway.[/alert]
Hiking to the Devil’s Gullet
The 45 minute return track to the Devil’s Gullet starts with a short boardwalk section, that quickly turns into a set of stone steps curving up the hillside.
In summer, the steps are much safer, but they are rather big and steep. This quickly gets the heart pumping and the legs aching.
Luckily the steep climb doesn’t last for very long and you quickly reach the plateau and flat land again.
The walking track to the lookout varies between boardwalks and rocky gravel pathways for most of the journey, which makes for relatively easy and safe footing for all ages. Just supervise any children so they don’t fall off the boardwalks.
The scenery along the walk is rather stark and haunting. Bushfire damaged trees dominate the rocky plateau with spots of bright green regrowth vibrantly standing out against the burned landscape.
The landscape has a very otherworldly feeling about it, until you catch that tantalising glimpse through the tree of the views you’re about to experience.
[alert type=”info” dismiss=”no”]Flies and Mosquitoes are in high numbers during summer.[/alert]
Devil’s Gullet Lookout
The lookout is the main reason to visit.
Now, I’ll admit I have no head for heights. If it’s anything higher than myself, vertigo kicks in. The Devil’s Gullet lookout was no different.
Walking out onto the 220 metre high, see through black mesh platform instantly put my subconscious into fear mode. I know the platform is sturdy and safe, but my brain didn’t care, and my legs started to tremble.
On wobbly legs I made my way out onto the platform to get photos for you lovely bunch reading this post, but I wanted nothing more than to get back onto the solid rock and enjoy the views.
Ronin of course made me feel extra silly by walking around the platform like nothing was out of the ordinary. Damn kids!
So the views. They are spectacular! And worth the fear, wobbly legs, dodgy roads and a short hike.
The lookout platform juts out over the rocky outcrop and gives you a stunning panoramic vistas of Tasmania’s central plateau.
From up here, you can see everything from glacial formed gorges, mountains ranges, alpine forests and plenty of raw nature.
[alert type=”warning” dismiss=”no”]Children will need to be supervised near the lookout. Only the platform is fenced. The rest is sheer cliff drop offs.[/alert]
Except for a small car park, there are zero facilities at the Devil’s Gullet.
We strongly suggest you bring enough food and water to cover your visit.
The nearest public toilets that we have discovered are located at Mole Creek, around a 40 minute drive away.