Located in Wycheproof (Victoria, Australia), Mount Wycheproof is the world’s smallest mountain.
It stands 148 metres above sea level, and it rises 43 metres above the land surrounding it.
Wycheproof is derived from an aboriginal word meaning hill with grass.
The settlement of Wycheproof is located on the southern slopes of Mount Wycheproof. It was founded in 1846.
A mineral called Wycheproofite (a hydrated sodium aluminium zirconium phosphate) is exclusively found around Mount Wycheproof.
Mount Wycheproof is a granite outcrop with a rocky conical peak. It is part of the Terrick Terrick range.
At the time of writing, Wycheproof town has a population of less than 800.
People have said that fewer people have reached the summit of Mount Wycheproof than have summited Mount Everest.
There are numerous tracks leading up Mount Wycheproof. Emus and kangaroos can often be seen in the region.
Mount Wycheproof is becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction. The local Post Office provides certificates to prove that visitors have reached the summit.
Although in the UK and the US mountains traditionally have summits of at least 1000 feet high, there is no official difference between a mountain and a hill, and different countries have different criteria. Even though it might look like a hill, in Australia, Mount Wycheproof is recognised as a mountain.
Up until the late 1980s, a King of the Mountain event used to be held, with competitors racing each other up the slopes while holding a 60kg bag of wheat. Crowds numbering 7000 used to come and watch the event.
Mount Wycheproof is about 5 miles lower than Mount Everest.
The wildflower Correa Glabra (Wycheproof form) is exclusive to the region.
A globe-shaped sculpture made by Jimmy Johnson from recycled metal is located at the top of Mount Wycheproof.