Russell Falls, upper tier,
c.1900 (Tasmania Library,
State Library of Tasmania)
The natural beauty of Mt Field has been officially recognised for over one hundred years. Tasmania's first nature reserve was created around Russell Falls in 1885. The area set aside for protection and public enjoyment was then greatly extended with the formation of the Mt Field National Park in 1916. Along with Freycinet, it is the oldest national park in Tasmania.
Mt Field National Park has long been a favourite destination among residents of Hobart, partly due to its close proximity to the capital city, but also because of its great beauty and diversity. Further information for visitors can be found at our Visitors Guide to Tasmania's National Parks.