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From Enchanting Forests to Majestic Waterfalls: The Ultimate Guide to Mt Field National Park
Written by Sarah Sackville
Do you want to visit a truly remarkable area of Tasmania?
Recently, I took a trip out to Mount Field National Park to check out what was on offer. Read on to hear about why I'm pleading to go back!
Tucked away in the heart of Tasmania, Mt Field National Park stands as a testament to the island's natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. This hidden gem offers a perfect blend of towering eucalyptus forests, pristine alpine landscapes, and captivating waterfalls. On this blog we explore the wonders of Mt Field National Park and uncover the secrets that make it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts.
There are walks ranging from 20 mins to full day/overnighters, and an incredibly diverse ecology so no walk is quite the same. When you first arrive, head into the visitor centre. In there, you’ll find all the information you need on walks, a cute little café for that quick coffee fix and make sure you go into the curious room for curious minds...
IMPORTANT –The park is an amazing destination all year round but you must always be prepared for all 4 seasons that Tassie can throw at you. You are in an alpine region so expect the unexpected. Check forecasts ahead of time, if in doubt, call the National Park centre. Bring clothes for all conditions including rain gear, a warm jacket, beanie, sunscreen, hat, good walking boots. Also essential is a first aid kit, the nearest hospital is in New Norfolk, a 45 min drive. This is not a caution to be taken lightly, emergency services spend a lot of time every year rescuing unprepared walkers off Tasmanian mountains.
What to Expect
Enchanting Waterfalls: One of the park's most iconic features is its enchanting waterfalls. Russell Falls, the most famous among them, is a cascading masterpiece framed by lush ferns and ancient trees. The gentle roar of the falls creates a soothing soundtrack as visitors wander along well-maintained trails. Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls further enhance the park's allure, offering unique perspectives and photo opportunities.
Ancient Eucalyptus Forests: As you venture deeper into Mt Field National Park, you'll find yourself surrounded by ancient eucalyptus forests that create a serene and mystical atmosphere. Tall swamp gums, some of the world's tallest flowering plants, tower above, their smooth, white trunks reaching towards the sky. The iconic Tall Trees Walk provides an immersive experience, allowing visitors to appreciate the sheer grandeur of these majestic giants.
Alpine Wilderness: For those seeking a taste of alpine wilderness, Mt Field National Park doesn't disappoint. The park encompasses a diverse range of landscapes, from temperate rainforests to subalpine moorlands. The Tarn Shelf, a high-altitude plateau, offers hikers breathtaking views of rugged mountain ranges and crystal-clear alpine tarns. Exploring the alpine regions provides a sense of isolation and tranquillity, making it an ideal escape for those yearning for a connection with nature.
Wildlife Encounters: Mt Field National Park is not just a haven for flora; it's also home to a variety of wildlife. Keep an eye out for padymelons, wallabies, and echidnas as they go about their daily routines. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the diverse avian population, including colourful parrots, noisy cockatoos, robins, and the elusive platypus that inhabits the park's waterways.
Outdoor Activities: Whether you're an avid hiker, a casual stroller, or a photography enthusiast, Mt Field National Park offers activities for everyone. The park features a network of well-marked trails catering to different skill levels. From short walks to challenging hikes, each trail promises a unique adventure, allowing visitors to tailor their experience to their preferences.
Russell Falls Campground: Nestled in the embrace of nature, Russell Falls Campground offers a picturesque setting with the soothing sounds of nearby waterfalls. Conveniently located near the Visitor Centre, this campground provides easy access to the park's iconic attractions, making it an ideal base for exploration. There’s a resident platypus in the creek, clean and tidy hot showers, laundry facilities, powered and unpowered sites, a big camp kitchen and lots of space to spread out in.
How much? Only $16 p/night for 2 people! It is honestly one of the best campgrounds in Tasmania!
Whilst visiting, I noticed there were some caves, Junee Caves, nearby.
I couldn’t make it this trip with not enough time but I can’t wait to go back out, caves are one of my favourite environments to explore, I’d like to, as well, give getting on a mountain bike at the world famous 'Maydena Bike Park' a go! Until next time adventurous souls, enjoy our wild island and keep an eye out for my trip to visit Junee Caves and Maydena Bike Park!