Mount Field National Park took my breath away. It is one of those places you discover that seems surreal because it’s so lush and green. With trailing streams along the path, it’s seriously like a fairytale come to life!
The trails meander along the creek, along to the stunning Russell Falls. It was an easy walk to the bottom of the falls. The hike to Horseshoe Falls, at the top of Russell Falls, was a little harder. But, it slowed me down just enough to really admire my surroundings in more detail.
On a road trip with my partner, we programmed our GPS for the route to Mount Field from where we had stopped in Kingston (also a great place to put on your Tasmanian road trip!) I was really looking forward to this piece of our trip as I was eager to photograph Russell Falls. I had read about Mount Field on TripAdvisor and as an interested photographer, I was eager to see whether the hype was worth the journey.
But first, we had to get to Mount Field National Park!
I was pleasantly surprised that the GPS took us the 92km on backroads from Richmond to Mount Field National Park. I love LOLA for that reason. (We named our GPS, LOLA, taken from one my favourite movies, “RV”. Yes, I’m weird that way.)
The route was an hour and a half of meandering roads through wine country, hops country (a primary ingredient for my new favourite Aussie beer – Cascade), and along the Derwent River. We drove on the opposite side from the main highway, happy to take our time on the quieter road. We passed logging companies on our route, with many a logging truck hauling their immense loads on the narrow road – a bit scary at times, I have to admit.
Safely arriving to Mount Field National Park, we grabbed some lunch and headed to the trail with my camera and tripod ready to go!
Mount Field is, without question, one of my favourite National Parks.
From the start to the end, Mount Field took my breath away. Lush and green, with trailing streams along the path. It was an easy walk to the bottom of the falls. The hike to Horseshoe Falls, at the top of Russell Falls, was a little harder. But, it slowed me down just enough to really admire my surroundings in more detail.
At the base of the falls, I spent a good two hours taking photos of Russell Falls and the cascading water. We met another photographer who captivated us with his stories of places he’s shot in Tasmania. He even gave us a few tips on how to sell photos, which was interesting because he sold soap for a living. I’ve never felt as comfortable with another photographer, talking ‘shop’, nor as welcomed into the club as I did that afternoon. It was refreshing really.
We left the trail after the main office had closed and the sun was beginning to peak past the mountain.
Before leaving, we checked out the camping areas. This is definitely a place I will add to my ‘must camp’ location list! It was well laid out, private yet not too remote. I was not surprised to see it on Australian Geographic Travellers Top Camping Spots.
For now though, we returned to Hobart, taking the highway this time since it was getting dark and country roads bring out the wildlife. Not something we want to deal with at night, in the country and with a rental car! Besides, there was a beer with my name on it awaiting me in town!