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Mt Field National Park

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Mt Field National Park

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Mt Field National Park [2] is a national park in Tasmania.

Understand[edit]

Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania's most loved national parks, and is the oldest and most accessible of the state's national parks. The park was added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in 2013 and has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife. The park offers a great range of facilities for day visitors. Few other national parks in Australia offer such a diversity in vegetation, ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns at the base of the mountain, through rainforest along the Lake Dobson Road, to alpine vegetation at the higher elevations.

If visiting in late April early May, the mountains that surround Tarn Shelf are a riot of gold, red and orange as the fagus turns.

The visitor centre features interpretation displays, shop and a bistro. Picnic and camping facilities are nearby. Access to the alpine area is via the Lake Dobson Road, which climbs for 16 km through a succession of forest types to reach Lake Dobson and its walking tracks.

Get in[edit]

Mount Field is one of Tasmania's most accessible national parks, located around 70 minutes drive from Hobart on the Rivers Run route or B61. The park is easily accessed by car, or via small group tours departing Hobart with a local tour company.

Get around[edit]

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  • Russell Falls. Tasmania's most famous series of waterfalls, in a lush rainforest setting. This is a relatively easy walk and is wheelchair accessible. The walk begins at the information centre where parking is also available.
  • Horseshoe Falls. Another waterfall close to the main visitor centre, around 10 minutes walk uphill from Russell Falls.
  • Tall Trees. A continuation of the Horseshoe Falls track through some of the world's tallest trees.
  • Pandani Grove Nature Walk. Lake Dobson is a small glacial lake 16km drive from the main visitor centre. The Pandani Grove trail circles the lake and takes around 30 minutes. This area a great place to see Tasmanian alpine plants such as Pandani, Tasmanian Waratah, and Fagus.
  • Tarn Shelf. This trail has a series of small but delightful glacial lakes. This walk takes a few hours and can be started from the car park at Lake Dobson. With an abundance of flora and fauna, the views are an amazing sight to see, with panoramic views at every angle from the peak. This is an exposed alpine area, so be prepared for freezing weather at any time of year. Some bushwalking experience is recommended for this walk.

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There is a information center where tourists can park and food, drink and souvenirs can be purchased. Camping facilities are also available. A national parks pass will be required for vehicle entry, and costs around $20.00 for a day pass. There is an after hours facility to purchase these passes if the visitor center is closed. Russell Falls is only 10 minutes away from the center.

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  • Platypus Cottage in Ellendale about 80mins drive North West of Hobart. 38 The Avenue Ellendale 7140. Tel: 6288 1280. Self-contained cottage in Derwent Valley.
  • Giants' Table and Cottages, Junee Road Maydena, (03) 6288 2293, [1]. Situated on the edge of the South West World Heritage Area, ten minutes' drive from Mount Field National Park and close to the entrance to the Styx Valley of the Giants (hence the name). From $140 per couple.  edit

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