Visiting Tasmania’s first national park
Mt Field is Tasmania’s oldest national park, and the closest alpine ski field to Hobart.
It’s also a part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and a great starting point for exploring further afield along the Old Port Davey Track, Arthur Plains Track and Western Arthur Traverse which summits Mt Sirius, Mt Orion et al.
We started with something easy and did the waterfalls circuit which covers Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls, the Tall Trees Walk and Lady Barron Falls. It was a full on trees day, as we greeted some of the tallest flowering trees in the world (the swamp gum – only found in Tassie).
Someone from parks and wildlife had written a very thoughtful sign on the waterfalls circuit:
“Take some deep breaths and relax for a while. Have you noticed any wildlife in the forest? Have you heard the sound of the wind in the treetops or savoured the fresh air? Our lives are not lived at the pace of the forest. In our culture there is too little time for contemplation. Why not take a seat? Or lie down and watch the clouds drift past the tops of the highest trees. Be silent. Imagine yourself as a part of the forest.”
Perfectly capturing the essence of nature and our life within it.