May
26
2013

Huts, waterfalls and wildlife at Mt Field National Park

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If you're taking the family down to Tasmania for a winter break, visit one of Tasmania's "most loved national parks" only an hour's drive from Hobart – Mt Field National Park.

Mt Field is one of the island's most diverse parks with stunning scenic features, towering tree ferns and pandanas, native wildlife and the gorgeous Russell Falls.

There are essentially two visitor sections in the park, with the first located near the park entrance containing the famous Russell Falls and picnic facilities. You can also embark on an enchanting walk through the fern forests and encounter some of the world's tallest trees on your journey.

The other visitor section, centred at Lake Dobson, includes skiing areas and long day walks, so if you want a bit of winter snow action add this site to your travel plans!

Make sure to first check the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association website to check that the slopes are open, with snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing popular.

If you're looking for a place to stay, then the Government Huts, located at approximately 1000 m elevation, are an excellent choice.

Established in the 1940′s for the use of the original Lake Dobson road workers, the huts have been used by school groups and walking clubs for the past 50 to 60 years.

The huts also offer stunning views of the national park, overlooking a beautiful alpine moorland, where you may spot animals such as wombats, Bennetts wallabies and ground parrots searching for food and shelter.

There are five small vertical board huts that can house six people each, with the complex including a communal toilet facility, water tank and wood shed (no showers). There is no gas, electricity or other services, with lamps, gas cookers and other usual camping provisions recommended. This is a back to basics experience.

If you and the kids are feeling pretty peckish and are yearning for more than noodles, then head on down to the Waterfalls Cafe at Mt Field National Park for an appetising lunch!

Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park

Waterfalls Cafe and Gallery at Mt Field

The creek leading from Russell Falls - Image Credit:  Waterfalls Cafe and Gallery

Snow by the lake at Lake Dobson - notice the Pandanus

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