It is frequently snow covered, sometimes even in summer. This mountain is a major feature of the national park because it is visible from most areas and stands on its own, well away from other peaks. It is a popular venue for bushwalkers and mountain climbers.
The area is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia, covering 13,800 km², or almost 20% of Tasmania. It constitutes one of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world, and includes the South West Wilderness.
The Tasmanian Wilderness, a network of parks and reserves with steep gorges, underwent severe glaciation. Human remains dating back more than 20,000 years have been found in limestone caves in the area.
The following national parks and reserves make up the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: