The fog enveloped us as we drove along the Derwent Valley, the rich, fertile agricultural area. The road followed the banks of the Derwent River and the brochures extolled the views. None of the scenery could be seen today. We briefly stopped at New Norfolk, found a café to have a pie and coffee to warm us up, then back into the car and pushed on for Mt Field assuring ourselves that misty photos would be atmospheric.
Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s most loved national parks. The park has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife and 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.
Five minutes before we turned into the interpretation centre the fog lifted and the sun bathed the area in its golden light. How lucky we are.
No misty, atmospheric photos but we were walking through a land of majestic giants, tree ferns added their unique presence and moss and lichen draped and dripped over every thing. Being winter and quite cool we had this awe-inspiring place to our selves. The sign said it would be a 25 minute round walk to the water fall. We took an hour…
So come with us to walk among the giants of the tree world. Listen to the dripping of moisture, the song of birds and the rustling of the leaves. Smell the distinctive musty smell of decay and marvel at natures beauty.
Mount Field is the location of what must be the most photographed waterfall in Tasmania – Russell Falls. Its three elegant tiers, framed by lush vegetation, have attracted visitors for well over a hundred years.
In 1885 Russell Falls became Tasmania’s first nature reserve, while Mount Field was declared a national park in 1916.
With very little rain falling for a long time the falls were only a delicate version of what they must be in a rainy season, but surrounded by the tree ferns and vegetation they made a beautiful picture.
Further up the mountain is Lake Dobson and the alpine region but that will have to wait for another visit. The sun is on the horizon and time to head back home.