Frenchmans Cap, Derwent Bridge

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#50 of 95 in Nature in Tasmania
The Frenchmans Cap is a mountain in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. The mountain is situated in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
At above sea level, it is within the top thirty highest mountains in Tasmania.
The mountain lies east of the West Coast Range, yet due to its prominence, it can bee seen from Macquarie Harbour. It lies south of the Lyell Highway from which it can be viewed from various locations, and south west of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
The peaks of the Frenchmans area include Frenchmans Cap, Clytemnestra and Philps Peak (both ), and Philps Ridge.
The mountain lies in traditional lands of Aboriginal Tasmanians. They named the peak 'maberlek'.
Even though the peak was an early landmark for ships sailing the west coast, the first recorded use of Frenchmans Cap was in 1822 in connection with Macquarie Harbour Penal Station, from where the peak was visible. The origin of the name is attributed to its appearance from some angles as looking like a Frenchman's cap, notably the Liberty cap worn during the French Revolution (1789–1799).
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  • A terrible unkempt path to an amazing swing bridge over the Franklin. Quite wet under foot. Glad we made the effort.  more »
  • This is a nice shot walk though it’s also on route to some major multi day walks and we spotted several whom were all kitted out. The suspension bridge is a highlight.  more »
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  • Epic trek. First section is fairly easy. Second section to Lake Tahune is fairly hard. Final ascent is gnarly. And, that was with perfect weather. Wouldn’t attempt this walk without prior trekking experience. Get at it!
  • Pretty H E F T Y walk according to my teacher, sick view

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