Think Mt Field National Park when you want the full spectrum of an outdoor Tasmanian adventure in one convenient location.
Waterfalls: Mt Field National Park
I concluded that the waterfalls were my favourite feature of this Tasmanian icon, particularly Russell Falls. On the day of my visit, there was a mountain-load of melted snow flooding over the face of rock opposite the platform. In fact, it was difficult to protect the camera from the sheer volume of water.
Only a little more walking up the gentle incline, and I arrived at Horseshoe Falls. Nothing like a two-for-one arrangement. The track leading to both waterfalls was simple to navigate.
Mt Field National Park Alpine Territory
A half-hour drive from the waterfalls lead me to the alpine, high-country of Mt Field National Park. The narrow road was quite steep with lots of sharp bends, but the rainforest views made the trip worthwhile.
Capture a Tasmanian Wombat
Mt Field National Park even turned on a sprinkling of snow for my visit, with enough of the white stuff at Lake Dobson for a snowman, even! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, I then met my first Tasmanian wombat. I was so stunned I could barely whip off the gloves and camera lens to capture the cute creature. The excitement was all mine obviously; he barely offered me a second glance as he wandered right by my feet.
The boardwalk and 4WD track around tranquil Lake Dobson marked the start of some serious bush-walking trails (for more robust types than me). There was apparently the opportunity for snow skiing too. The prospect of a 30-minute walk to reach the downhill area was enough to dampen my enthusiasm.
Back down the mountain, and I discovered a kids playground and picnic area, which had a camping facility attached. There was lots of space for kids to run, kick a ball and generally have fun in the fresh mountain air.
Mt Field National Park: Tall Trees
The only downer of the day was my encounter with a particularly nasty set of stairs. There must’ve been upwards of 250 steps on the home run from Lady Barron waterfall and it left me very breathless. And that’s putting it politely. The Tall Trees Walk was a better option for anyone wanting a leisurely stroll. This section was awesome and easy! The magnitude of the swamp gums, the world’s tallest flowering plants, put my place on the planet into perspective.
Russell Falls was also touted as a habitat for glow worms. I can’t confirm this just yet, so my next visit to Mt Field National Park might need to be at night, for yet another fascinating wildlife meeting.
For more details including the cost of entry to Mt Field National Park visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania online.