Mt Field National Park, located about 1 hour north-west of Hobart, is Tasmania’s oldest National Park. World Heritage listed in 2013, this remarkable Park is a must see on your Tassie visit. Best known for Russell Falls, a stunning three tiered cascading waterfall, Mt Field has a diversity in experience and scenery that will astound you.
In the lower reaches of the Park, explore the three waterfalls, lush rainforest and towering eucalypt giants. This is also where the Visitor Centre and cafe is located. From here, Lake Dobson Road rises through diverse flora and arrives in a stunning alpine environment at Lake Dobson. In summer the bushwalking is spectacular with views that will leave you breathless. In winter this area is shrouded in snow. Mt Mawson, just above Lake Dobson, offers Australia’s only natural ski field.
Mt Field is the gateway to the wild Tasmanian wilderness, with no shortage of experiences for the hardy bushwalker or the self-drive lover.
- Maydena, 10kms from Mt Field, is about to become the heart of the mountain biking scene with Maydena Bike Park due to open in January 2018.
- Junee Caves, just out of Maydena – a short walk to the cave beside super clear waters of the Junee River. Entering into the Cave system at Growling Swallet, the tannin-stained water travels through one of Australia’s largest underground cave systems where it flows out of Junee Cave, cool and crystal clear. You will see this water on the shelves in Tasmania’s Hartz spring water.
- Styx Big Tree Reserve, just out of Maydena – our area is well known for our towering trees, they are in fact the tallest flowering plant in the world. This great short walk takes you to one of the loveliest locations to view these marvellous trees and great swimming spots in summer.
- Twisted Sister, a short drive out of Maydena – another fantastic short walk steeped in history. This walk starts from the location of the old “greenies” camp, a base for those who were working to protect our region for future generations. It started with the damming of Lake Pedder, and ended with the World heritage listing of the final parts of our region in 2013. With division about logging and forestry, damming of our rivers and changing the scenery vs the natural renewable energy created, the listing of our region, and surrounding National Parks as World Heritage – the stories are fresh, enthusiastic and never will you find a fence sitter. The Twisted Sister is a towering old tree that twists its way to the sky, reminding us of the battles it has seen, and the future that is now protected.
There is so much to discover. A destination that has something new around every corner and a diversity in experiences you won’t find anywhere else in Tasmania – and that includes our local pub! This is the real wilderness, the real Tasmania and Mt Field National Park is so much more than a stunning waterfall.