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Mt Field National Park

Activities

The park can generally be divided into two visitor sections. The first is around the park entrance and includes the Visitor Centre, picnic facilities and the famous Russell Falls. The second is centred at Lake Dobson and includes the long day walks and skiing areas. The two areas are linked by a 16 kilometre unsealed road. Due to snow conditions vehicles using this road may require chains in winter; at times the road may be closed. Phone 6288 1319 for information on road conditions.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre at the entrance of the park provides information on walks as well as comprehensive interpretation of the history, geology, plants and animals of the park. It's a great place to start your day and to learn more about the special features of the park.

The Visitor Centre also has disabled access toilets and an independently operated café and shop.

Camping Ground/Caravan Park

Camping and caravan facilities are available near the park entrance. The campground is set in a pleasant forest by the Tyenna River. It has excellent facilities, including 14 powered sites, unpowered sites, a toilet and shower block with coin-operated washing machines and clothes driers and a communal cooking shelter with free electric barbeques and sink with hot water.

See our camping information for further details.

Government Huts

Government Huts near Lake Dobson
Situated at approximately 1000m elevation, the Government Huts provide an excellent base for experiencing the alpine regions of the Park. There are many walks within the Park, of which many start only 10 minutes from the location of the huts.

History

The Government Huts were established on the Lake Dobson Road in 1940s for the use of the original Lake Dobson road workers. They were then moved to their current location near Lake Dobson and have been used by School groups and walking clubs for over 50 years.

Location

The huts are located 15 kilometres from the Park entrance along the Lake Dobson Road. They are nestled amongst snow gums, and overlook a beautiful alpine moorland. They are about a ten minute walk from Lake Dobson.

Access

The huts can be accessed by car.  However the Lake Dobson Road has a gravel surface and is narrow and winding. Slippery conditions may be experienced after periods of heavy rain. In winter months the road may be effected by snow and frost. Ensure that your vehicle has been prepared for these conditions (eg. anti-freeze, snow chains).

Facilities

The huts provide low cost, basic accommodation for visitors and small groups. They comprise five small vertical board huts accommodating six persons each. The complex includes a communal toilet facility as well as a woodshed and water tank (but no showers). Facilities are minimal, consisting of bunks with mattresses, cold water and sink, wood heater, table and benches. There is no electricity, gas or other services and parties must be self-reliant.  Gas cookers and lamps are recommended, as well as the usual camping provisions.

See Camping and Cabin Fees for further details and costs.

Please note: The Visitor Centre, campgrounds and Government Huts have all received the Australian Tourism Quality Assured accreditation.

Lake Dobson Shelter

The Lake Dobson Shelter has both inside and outside tables. The shelter also has a toilet.

Picnic Facilities

A range of picnic facilities are available at the lower end of the park. Cooking shelters and electric barbeques are provided, as well as expansive grass areas.


Ranger led activities

During summer, rangers lead a variety of activities such as walks and talks for both adults and children. Besides being lots of fun these are a great way to learn about our national parks, wildlife and heritage.

Enquire at the park office to find out if there is a current program, or check out our latest news page.

Skiing

Mt Field National Park is home to one of Tasmania's two downhill skiing areas (the other being Ben Lomond). There are three tows - two on the slopes of Mt Mawson and one on the slopes of the Rodway Range. For the Mt Field snow cam, latest snow reports and further information during the ski season, see the Southern Tasmania Ski Association web site.

Day Walks

Lake Dobson

Snow gums at Lake Dobson

Walks range from easy, low-level strolls, such as the famous Russell Falls Track (suitable for wheelchairs), to cross-country ski trips across the higher plateaus.

As always, remember to bring warm, rain and wind-proof clothing - no matter what time of year you visit. Use the guide below to find a walk that suits both you and the weather of the day. 

Day Walk Planner

 
Easy
Moderate
More difficult
Boots and preferably gaiters are needed. A good map is essential.
SHORT

(Under 2 hours return)

* Russell Falls
* Tall Trees Walk
* Pandani Grove
* Seagers Lookout  
MEDIUM

(2-4 hours return)

* Russell Falls/Horseshoe Falls/Tall Trees Circuit/Lady Barron Falls * Tarn Shelf
* Marriotts Falls
* Snow Gum Track
LONG

(4-8 hours return)
Alpine walks may require cross country skis during winter (July to Sept.)

  * Mt Field East via Lake Nicholls
* Lakes Belton and Belcher
* Tarn Shelf Circuit
* Tarn Shelf Return via Lake Newdegate, Twilight Tarn and Lake Webster
* Mt Field East Return via Windy Moor
* Mt Field West

 

Important! Before planning any walks, be sure to check the weather.

Russell Falls

This is one of Tasmania's best known scenic attractions. The falls can be reached in an easy 10 minute stroll from the first car park. The track follows level ground and is sealed, making it suitable for wheelchair use. Green and graceful ferns line the track edges while giant eucalypts tower overhead. You can return from the falls via the same track or follow the creek back by crossing the bridge below the falls.

Tall Trees walk

This 30 minute walk will take you through forest that features the world's tallest flowering plants - the magnificent swamp gums. Signs along the track will tell you part of the story of the tall trees. The walk starts close to a small carpark about a five minute drive up the Lake Dobson Road.

Russell Falls/Horseshoe Falls/Lady Barron Falls/Tall Trees circuit

Spend a leisurely couple of hours and explore all these tracks by following the signs that link them together.

Pandani Grove Nature Walk

We've listed this alpine walk as moderate as the track can be covered with ice and snow. Even in dry conditions it's still often wet underfoot. The track skirts the edges of Lake Dobson through subalpine vegetation and passes through a grove of beautiful tall pandanis, and pencil pines. Collect a brochure from the Visitor Centre and learn a little about the alpine environment.

Seager's Lookout

This wonderful lookout is accessed via the Lake Fenton Carpark. It is a 2hr return track. From the carpark, follow the bush trail to Fenton, crossing the Fenton Creek below the dam wall, then picking up the trail at the sign indicating "track". Great views can be gained with a short moderate effort. Walking boots are recommended for this walk.

Marriotts Falls

These are located outside of this national park. However, they are close by and can be found by following the map. This track offers a moderate family walk that's "off the beaten track".

Tarn Shelf

This is a delightful series of small glacial lakes. Access is from a track that leaves from the ski fields. Take the Urquart Track from the Lake Dobson car park to reach the ski fields.

Mount Field East via Lake Nicholls

This is about a five hour return trip. The uphill climb is gradual rather than steep. It can be extremely windy on the summit so be sure to carry protective clothing.

Tarn Shelf/Lake Newdegate/Twilight Tarn and Lake Webster

This is a long days circuit walk that will take you across the Tarn Shelf, returning via the lower lakes. The tarns are often frozen in winter. The rustic Twilight Tarn hut is a relic from days gone by and contains skiing memorabilia from earlier decades. Track work has been undertaken to address the muddier sections of the track and to protect the rare and sensitive vegetation in the area, please assist us by staying on the formed tracks.

Lakes Belton and Belcher

The track to these lakes leaves from Wombat Moor and crosses open moorland before descending through sub-alpine forest. Sections of this walk are wet and muddy.

Mt Field West

This is a long days walk to the edge of the national park. It should not be attempted in wet and windy conditions and all parties should have at least one experienced walker, with navigation skills. The entire route can often be skied in the winter months.

Mt Field East returning via Windy Moor

If you don't mind wading through a few sections of deep mud, this walk makes a nice circuit and travels across a lovely moorland.

Rodway Range-Tarn Shelf circuit

This walk will give you the views from the Rodway Range as well as the delights of the Tarn Shelf. It's recommended for fit walkers only. Skis or snowshoes are often necessary in the winter months.