Mt Field National Park, Tasmania
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:13 December 2016
Mt. Field National Park, in the heart of rugged, wild and beautiful Tasmania, is the place to be for a real demonstration of what’s it’s like to lose yourself in the wonders of nature.
Average Winter Temp: 11.6°C
Average Summer Temp: 21°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Palawa people
Majestic eucalyptus forests, serene alpine moorlands, stunning waterfalls, pristine lakes, and uninterrupted, undiluted natural beauty all around.
Home to Russell Falls, the stunning 3-tier water feature that appeared on Australia’s first stamp, and sporting an almost unbelievable variety of plant life, Mt. Field National Park has aptly earned the label of Tasmania’s most diverse national park. Besides major tourist attractions such as Horseshoe Falls, Lady Barron Falls, and a variety of lakes, the Park presents breathtaking vistas and circuitous routes through gigantic ferns and towering eucalyptus trees. You will also find yourself amid a plethora of wildlife, including several endangered species of mammals and native birds.
Wildflowers in the spring, lush rainforests in summer, red-gold beech tress in autumn, and a variety of snow sports in winter, Mt. Field National Park offers them all. Explore it in its many beautiful forms all year round, and understand what makes it one of Australia’s best kept and most loved nature reserves. An easy 60km drive from Hobart, the Park is well equipped with facilities and infrastructure for every variety of tourist and any duration of stay.
Attractions & Activities:
- Ranger Led Walks & Talks
- Platypus Spotting
- Skiing (Downhill)
- Tall Trees Walk
- Russell Falls
- Horseshoe Falls
- Lady Barron Falls
- Lake Dobson
- Lake Seal
- Mount Mawson
- Tarn Shelf
- Lake Newdegate
- Twilight Tarn
- Lake Webster
- Junee Cave Reserve
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
Land of the Giants Caravan Park
Mt Field National Park, Tas
Located at the entrance to Mt Field National Park (near the Visitor Centre), the Land of the Giants Caravan Park consists of both powered and unpowered sites, along with an amenities block with hot showers and coin operated laundry facilities. Also included is a sheltered barbecue area, as well as picnic tables for tourists who prefer the all-out alfresco dining experience. Unfortunately, the management does not accept advance bookings, which means that sites here are allotted on a first-come-first-served basis.
$20/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $9 for every additional person; $4 per child (5-17 years)
$16/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $7 for every additional person; $3 per child (5-17 years)
New Norfolk Caravan Park
New Norfolk, Tasmania
A popular, conveniently located stopover option for caravanning tourists heading to southern Tasmania’s many attractions, New Norfolk Caravan Park offers a number of shaded caravan sites, along with a range of standard cabins. Besides availing of standard facilities such as toilets, showers, a camp kitchen and barbecue area, guests can also engage in activities such as fishing, boating or strolling through the beautiful tree lined paths within the property.
$32/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 for every additional person; $5 per child; weekly tariffs also available
$25/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $10 for every additional person; $5 per child
(Cabins accommodating up to 5 people also available; tariffs start at $110/night)
Russell Falls Holiday Cottages
Mt Field National Park, Tasmania
Though not a caravan park, this accommodation option deserves a mention on account of the unique mix of luxury and wilderness that it offers. Located at the entrance to Mt Field National Park, at the site of the historic Russell Falls House, the property overlooks the Tyenna River and offers guests the chance to experience the lush wilderness of the National Park, while returning every day to the comfort of their very own, well-appointed cottages.
(Management to be contacted for tariffs)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Free camping options in Tasmania are limited. The Land of the Giants caravan park is the most budget-friendly option for tourists visiting Mt Field National Park. Those who don’t mind making a daily excursion to the Park, can consider the Bethune Park camping area, located near the Meadowbank Lake. This site is about 35km from Mt Field National Park, and offers free camping for a maximum of 7 days.