Mount Field National Park  - short walks, 2020


Tasmania's Mount Field National Park receives a lot of visitors, partly due to its proximity to Hobart, and partly due to the variety of walks available. It lies within the national park network managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), so you need a Parks Pass to visit. The entrance road lies beside a little town bearing the stupid name of "National Park". 

Images below are courtesy of Jonathan Nevill and a Samsung S7, unless otherwise credited.


Map 1:  Mount Field National Park: local context.


Walking tracks in green. Roads: grey. Streams and lakes: blue.


Image from Google Maps.


Image from 1:75,000 series. These TIFF files can be used on Avenza Maps (an Android app).


Sophie and I visited the park on 9 October. 


On the way we passed a road-sign:

Wild animals? ... in farmland? this some sort of joke?

When we arrived it was cold, windy and raining. We back-tracked to the little town of Westerway (Map 1, above).

There's accommodation available. Above: Blue Wren Cottage, run by Annie and Dean (phone 0498 725 355). 
We rented the cottage for the night. Warm and cosy. 
It turns out that there are two "Blue Wren" cottages in Westerway. That's confusing.  
We are NOT recommending the place in the main street. If you're interested, it might be a good idea to phone Annie beforehand.


Sophie appears happy: she's just won five "Sequence" games in a row. Just good luck, I say...


The next morning we returned to the park.

Some of the local Currawongs have picked up bad habits...


The vegetation communities in the park are varied and still beautiful on a freezing-cold day.

Eagle Tarn lies just north of Lake Dobson.


Pandani Grove at Lake Dobson.


Pandani Grove, sheltered and quiet, has a magical feel to it. The grove is small, but very special.


Not far away, there are large areas of moorland, where trees struggle to grow in the shallow soils; water-logged in winter, and dry in summer.

Profile of moorland soil beside the road: a dense topsoil, rich in organic matter, overlies a rocky, poorly drained subsoil. 




The area's moorland vegetation communities are varied and colourful. As you can see in the above photo, trees find this area difficult.


These moorlands, at an altitude of a bit over 1000m, have to cope with a covering of snow during winter.


Back at the visitors' centre, Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls are only a short walk.


The path to Russell Falls, with its overhanging tree-ferns, is especially beautiful.


Russell Falls.


Horseshoe Falls, just above Russell Falls.