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.