A Walk on the Tall Side


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Tall Trees Walk in Mt. Field NP

The search for sensational coffee ended at The Possum Shed, way off the beaten track on the banks of the Tyenna River on the way to Mt Field National Park.

It was our last day in Tasmania, and the Hobart-to-Mt. Field-day trip, kick started with the coffee n cake pitstop, turned out to be one of the highlights of the whole trip. We soon learned why it is one of Tasmania’s most loved national parks.

Mt. Field NP is just over a one hour drive from Hobart via New Norfolk. (Worth a stop at this village settled by Norfolk Islanders in 1808 and today home to gay owned Junction Motel.)

Junction Motel_New Norfolk

Being closeby is one of the reasons it is a popular shore excursion for cruise ship passengers, getting off the boat in Hobart Harbour for a few hours. (Flash forward to when the lesbian cruise ship pulls into port in 2015; many will want to head for the hills with local women tour guides, looking for platypus, possums, and parakeets on a tramp.)

Russell Falls is the star attraction, just a short, wheelchair accessible journey from the park’s visitor centre. You will walk with jaw dropped through enormous fern forests and some of the world’s tallest trees.

The area around Russell Falls has been protected for its natural beauty since 1885, when it was set aside as Tasmania’s first nature reserve.The last known wild thylacine (aka Tasmanian Tiger) was captured in the region in 1933 (and soon died in a Hobart zoo).

We were glad we continued walking to Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Tall Trees Trail. (If you have the time and fitness you can make your way to the summit of Mount Field itself.)

Video: Mt Field National Park

PS.  If Hobart and Saturday’s Salamanca is on your essentials itinerary, be sure to look for the Rainbow Flag on the stall of the local LGBT community centre. Richard and partner Michael have been at the market for years, dispensing news about gay Tassie, the Australian Marriage Equality organisation that is based here, and proffering a newsletter of wilderness walks led by the LGBT group Wellington Wanderers. Richard is a former forest ranger and tour guide at Cradle Mountain NP and Michael is an excellent postcard photographer who sells his images at the stall. They are no strangers to the magic of Mt. Field and tall trees.

Read more about the self-drive itinerary I created: The 2014 Road Trip

Or some of my past posts on Touring Tasmania.

|| The Rainbow Rambler revisited Tasmania on a 13-day road trip to historic places, UNESCO World Heritage sites, remote rainforests and wildlife sanctuaries – getting behind the scenery in familiar and new destinations. “Tiny Tasmania is enormous for explorations, and I have yet to see and do it all in 12 years of trying,” says ramblin’ Dee.

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