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Just outside of Hobart you will find one of Tasmania’s most spectacular National Park – Mount Field. Mount Field National Park is a nature hub, filled with waterfalls, tall growth trees, running streams, lakes and wild animals. Most people make their way to Mount Field to enjoy bushwalking, waterfall adventures, picnicking and bird watching. For me, the stand out was the waterfalls within the park. In this post, I will give you some information on the walking trails and the best waterfalls in Mount Field National Park.
Arriving at Mount Field National Park
Mount Field National Park is divided into two sections. The main area begins at the visitor centre and is where you will find the trail to Russell Falls. The second area is centred at Lake Dobson and is a base for the ski hill and longer hiking trails.
We started our adventure at the visitor centre, making our way straight into the rainforest and up to Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls.
Waterfalls in Mount Field National Park
There are three major waterfalls in Mount Field National Park: Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls. All of these waterfalls are spectacular and if you have time, I would visit them all. There is a circuit trail that leaves from the visitor centre and connects all three waterfalls, taking approximately 2 hours.
Russell Falls is the most accessible waterfall in Mount Field National Park and by far the most majestic. I have seen A LOT of waterfalls in my life but never one like Russell Falls.
Russell Falls is a 15-minute walk from the visitor centre. Most people visit Russell Falls then leave, so the further you hike in, the more privacy you will find.
Horseshoe Falls is located at the top of Russell Falls, which you can access via a short set of stairs. This waterfall is smaller but equally as intriguing.
From Horseshoe Falls you can return to the visitor centre the way you came or you can continue on the loop past Lady Barron Falls and back to the visitor centre.
The walk to Lady Barron Falls is the longest, taking an extra 40 minutes from Horse Shoes Falls. This section of the walk leads you through the tall trees all the way to Lady Barron which is the quietest waterfall.
The final section of the loop takes approximately 30 minutes and will take you back to where you started.
Hiking Trails in Mount Field National Park
There are many hiking trails in Mount Field National Park.
Short Hikes include Russell Falls, the Tall Tree Walk and Pandani Grove Nature Walk.
Long hikes include Lake Nicholls, Mount Field East Circuit, Seagers Lookout, Lake Belcher, Snow Gum Track to Lake Seal Lookout, Start of Tarn Shelf, Tarn Shelf Circuit via Lake Newdegate, Twilight Tarn and Lake Webster, Rodway Range-Tarn Shelf Circuit via Col and Newdegate Pass and Mount Field West.
Here is a map of the trails within Mount Field National Park and a short summary is below.
Russell Falls – Is a short, 30-minute return walk to suitable for everyone.
Russell Falls / Horse Shoe Falls / Tall Tree Circuit / Lady Barron Falls – 2-hour circuit past all three falls, moderate fitness required. This was the trail I did and can highly recommend.
Tall Tree Walk – 30-minute return walk leaving from Lake Dobson Road, leading you through the forest.
Pandani Grove Nature – a 40 minute circuit surrounding Lake Dobson, giving you a taste for the subalpine region of the park.
Lake Nicholls – This trail is a 2-hour return climb through the woodlands all the way up to Lake Nicholls. The trail starts from a sign point up Lake Dobson Road.
Mount Field East Circuit – Is a 4 – 5-hour return gradual uphill climb to the summit of Mount Field East, offering stunning views on a nice day. This hike leaves from Lake Dobson Road.
Seagers Lookout – This 2-hour return hike is short but steep. From Seagers lookout, you will get amazing views of Derwent River Valley.
Lake Belcher – This 5 – 6-hour return trail from Wombat Moor crosses the open Moorland and leads you into the Humboldt Valley.
Snow Gum Track to Lake Seal Lookout – A 1.5-hour return trail offering stunning views of Seal Lake and the Broad River Valley.
Start of Tarn Shelf – This 3-hour return trail passing a series of small glacial lakes (tarns). Access to this trail is via the Snow Gum Track and Rodway Hut.
Tarn Shelf Circuit via Lake Newdegate, Twilight Tarn and Lake Webster – 5-hour circuit across Tarn Chelf returning via the lower lakes.
Rodway Range-Tarn Shelf Circuit via Col and Newdegate Pass – This 6-hour return trail is known to have some of the parks best views. The ascend starts from Rodway Hut, through the Rocky Lions Den to K Col, along the Rodway Range, via Newdegate Pass to Lake Newdegate and returning via tarn shelf. This hike will give you a taste of everything the park has to offer.
Mount Field West – The longest trail in the park taking 8 hours return, leading you over the Rodway Range to the edge of Mount Field National Park. Mount Field West is the highest point in the park and offers unmatched views of the region.
These are all the hiking trails you can choose from within Mount Field National Park. I suggest making your first stop the Visitor centre where you can collect a map and talk to the ranger about the trail that will best suit your fitness and interests.
No matter what hike you choose, make sure you leave enough time to go to Russell Falls as it truly is remarkable.
What to Pack for Mount Field National Park
Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
Warm Jacket – it can get cool up in the rainforest
Waterproof Coat – the weather changes quickly
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