Mount Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks. Located an hour north-west of Hobart (75 kilometres/47 miles) the Park stretches across 16,265-hectares (40,191 acres) of diverse landscape.
You can enjoy a number of walks in Mount Field National Park, through tall forests, alpine meadows and verdant rainforest. Three-tiered Russell Falls – the Park’s most visited spot – is an easy 20 minute circuit from the Visitor’s Centre. On the Tall Trees Walk, you can see the world’s tallest flowering plant, the giant swamp gum, which can reach a height of 30 metres/99 feet. Extended walks into the Park’s alpine areas can also be taken from Lake Dobson. You can go downhill skiing near Lake Dobson in winter, and in autumn see the stunning red and gold foliage of Australia’s only deciduous tree, the endemic fagus (Nothofagus gunnii). You’re also likely to encounter Tasmania’s endemic wildlife here, including platypus and wombats.
The Visitor Centre has walking information, interpretation displays, a shop, eco-playground and bistro and there are camping and picnic facilities nearby. There is a rustic shelter at Lake Dobson, with a wood heater and firewood.
Current park passes must be purchased for entry to Tasmania’s national parks.