Few people have a background playground as beautiful or one that boasts such varied play “equipment” as Mt Field National Park, which is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Towering eucalypts, tiered waterfalls, snowmelt-fed creeks and tarns, ski fields and the world’s tallest heath are an easy, scenic hour’s drive from Tasmania’s capital city along the Derwent River Valley. So it’s an easy destination for a day of bushwalking Tasmania.
The blessed folk of Hobart and visiting walkers are spoilt for choice of leg stretches here. Stroll to a cascade tucked among ferns; circumnavigate a sub-alpine lake inhabited by platypus and trimmed with rattling pandani and ancient, gnarled pencil pines, endemic to Tasmania. Or venture higher through snow gums and deciduous beech with crinkle-cut leaves to an exposed alpine plateau commanding glorious mountain views.
For a shorter walk meander around Lake Dobson. For an all-day hike it’s hard to better the loop traversing Mt Field’s famous tarn shelf.