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Published August 23rd 2017
The best hiking in Tasmania at Mt Field National Park
Tasmania is a place like nowhere else on earth, and there is no better example of this than Mt Field National Park. Located almost in the heart of the island, this national park is made unique by its abundance of lakes, waterfalls and emerald green, fern covered forests. Mt Field is Tasmania's first national park, and still remains one of its most accessible, within an easy drive from Hobart.
Mt Field National Park is a dream come true for hikers of every fitness level and experience. The trails are separated into short, medium and long as well as degree of difficulty, ranging from easy, moderate and more difficult. The iconic Russell Falls walk is wheelchair friendly and only takes around 10 minutes. For lovers of all things trees, the 30 minute Tall Trees walk gives you an express experience of the natural forests surrounding the mountain. We chose the longer, two-hour easy trek that took us to three separate waterfalls (Russell Falls, Horseshow Falls and Lady Barron Falls). Longer walks, from 4-8 hours in length can often require cross country ski gear during winter as they take you higher up into the alpine areas. These are mostly accessed at the end of the unsealed road, which can sometimes require snow chains. Tasmania's weather is unpredictable at the best of times, so I always recommend you come prepared for any weather change.
For weather predictions, trail conditions and maps, check in at the visitor's centre at the entrance of the park. Here you will also find a cafe and souvenir shop. While there is no camping in the park itself, near the entrance you will find the Land of the Giants Caravan Park with its powered and unpowered sites and facilities. There are also handy picnic facilities within the park, all located at the southern end.
To get to this wonderful natural attraction, head out of Hobart on Highway 1, then turn left onto the C615. Then follow the B62 and turn left onto the B61. The Mt Field National Park entrance is located on Lake Dobson Road to your right. For the best information, check out the Parks and Wildlife Service website here. For information on current snow conditions in the area, make sure you take a look at the Mt Mawson ski site here.