“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” John Ruskin
Tasmania is a wonderful place to go hiking with hundreds of trails, from short walks to multi-day hikes. It’s also the place where my hiking buddy lives so, on most of my visits, I get to pull on my hiking boots for an overnight trek, base camping or even just a short stroll to a waterfall. We are slowly ticking off hikes in all corners of the state and one my favourites is in Mt Field National Park. The Russell Falls/Horseshoe Falls/Lady Barron Falls/Tall Trees Circuit is six kilometre walk, which takes two to three hours depending on how long you linger at each of the waterfalls.
Mt Field National Park is about 60km north west of Hobart and is particularly unique for its diversity in vegetation. There are tall swamp gum forests and giant tree ferns in the lower reaches of the park and alpine vegetation in the higher elevations, where there is also ski field above Lake Dobson. At the time of our visit, September, there was still snow in the alpine regions and our longer hike was foiled because we were sinking up to our thighs in the snow, not to mention losing sight of where the trail went – but that’s another story (Mt Field National Park – Alpine hikes).
Fortunately, the waterfalls circuit is suitable at all times of the year and Russell Falls, which is one of Australia’s most photographed waterfalls, is only a 10 minute stroll from the visitor centre. Here are some of my photographs of this beautiful hike.
Just outside of Mt Field National Park there is another lovely hike to Marriott Falls, which takes about an hour each way. The trail begins alongside the raging Tyenna River before crossing an open paddock and venturing into rainforest.
Have you been hiking in Tasmania? I would love to hear about your favourite walk or waterfall. Let me know in the comments below.