Tyenna Peak, Mount Field National Park
Tyenna Peak, Mount Field National Park (photograph: Dan Broun)
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Mount Field National Park

Towering trees, waterfalls and alpine tarns.

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As the winding road ascends through Mount Field National Park the stunning natural flora transforms, offering a constantly changing view as you climb to higher altitudes. Known as ‘the park for all seasons’, Mount Field is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and home to some of the world’s tallest eucalypt forests, as well as a unique array of alpine vegetation.

Mount Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks and is also one of its most diverse. Spectacular glaciated landscapes compete for attention with cascading waterfalls, including the breathtaking, three-tiered Russell Falls - arguably one of the most impressive waterfalls in Tasmania.

Begin your Mount Field visit with a leisurely walk through the towering tree ferns and giant eucalypts on the short walk to Russell Falls, before travelling up the road toward Lake Dobson, where you will find longer day walks and, in winter, the snow-dusted slopes of the Mount Mawson ski field. During autumn, the hillsides of the Tarn Shelf are a riot of colour as the fagus, or deciduous beech, turns gold, orange and red.

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With its diversity of vegetation, numerous glacial lakes and prolific wildlife, it’s no wonder this beautiful national park was added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in 2013. Mount Field National Park has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife, and offers a great range of facilities for day visitors, an extensive network of walking tracks, and a couple of options for staying overnight.

The park essentially has two visitor sections. ​The first, near the park entrance, includes the visitor centre, picnic facilities and the famous Russell Falls. Explore the Curiosity Room in the visitor centre, then take the sealed 15 minute wheelchair-accessible walk to Russell Falls. You can then opt to continue on through to the Tall Trees walk to see some of the park’s giant eucalypts.

The second visitor section is centred on Lake Dobson and includes longer day walks and skiing areas. Dramatic mountain scenery and alpine plant communities are a feature of the higher parts of the park.

A TrailRider - an all-terrain wheelchair - is available for hire for visitors with impaired mobility from the visitor centre;​ full details are available on this page in the "Access friendly " section.

The 30 minute drive to Lake Dobson takes you through rainforest, past towering swamp gums and up to the high country of snow gums, alpine moorlands and glacial lakes. During winter, in favourable snow conditions, cross country skiing is popular in the mountains above. There are also some opportunities for downhill skiing, accessible via a 30 minute walk from Lake Dobson via the Urquhart Track.

From the ski huts, a well-marked track leads you to the spectacular Tarn Shelf, a stunning shelf with a bounty of lakes carved by glacial pressure during the previous ice age.

In summer the high country can be a blaze of colour with flowering waratahs, boronias and heath. In Autumn, the leaves of the fagus ​(Nothofagus gunnii), or deciduous beech, turn, creating a spectacular display on the hillsides of the Tarn Shelf and at Lake Fenton.

Experiences in Mount Field National Park

Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

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Fishing

Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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Mount Field National Park

Mount Field History

Mount Field holds an important and colourful place in Tasmania’s history, with the magnificent twin cascade of Russell Falls declared the state’s first nature reserve in 1885. Some thirty years later, in 1916, Mount Field became one of our first national parks.

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Mount Field National Park

Pandani Grove

A delightful green oasis nestled beneath the ski slopes of Mount Field.

30-40 minute circuit, 1.5km, Grade 2
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Mount Field National Park

Russell Falls

Russell Falls is one of Tasmania’s most treasured places. The falls delight every visitor and can be reached by a wide, very easy track suitable for wheelchair users and those with strollers.

25 minutes return, 1.4km return, Grade 1
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Snow boarding at Ben Lomond

Hobart and South, Launceston and North

Skiing and snow activities

Though not widely known for its snow sports, Tasmania has two ski fields operating over the winter months. Mount Mawson, located at Mount Field National Park in the south, and Ben Lomond in the north.

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Mount Field National Park

Tall Trees

Located in Mount Field National Park, the Tall Trees walk allows you to wander among the tallest flowering plants in the world.

30 minutes circuit, 1km circuit, Grade 2
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Mount Field National Park

Tarn Shelf

Wander among a series of picturesque glacial lakes at Tarn Shelf, in the beautiful Mount Field National Park.

5-7 hour circuit, 12 km , Grade 3
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Mount Field National Park

Three Falls Circuit

Uncover the beauty of this trio of waterfalls located in Mount Field National Park.

2-2.5 hrs circuit, 6km circuit, Grade 3
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Wedding at Highfield Historic Site

East coast, Hobart and South, Launceston and North, North West

Weddings

There are a number of locations around the state that offer a unique setting for your wedding ceremony.

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Accommodation

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  • Mount Field camping

A pleasant campground in the forest by the Tyenna River, in Mount Field National Park.

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Mount Field camping

  • Mount Field Government Huts

The Government Huts at Mount Field National Park provide an excellent base for experiencing the alpine regions of the park.

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Mount Field Government Huts