On the long weekend we decided to do a day trip to Mount Field National Park, located approximately 1.5 hour drive from Hobart. To gain entry to the park a National Parks Pass is required and will allow access to all walks within Mount Field. On arrival we parked at the visitors centre and enjoyed a drink from the onsite café, we then made our way to Russell Falls track which is accessible from the visitors centre. This particular walk is perfect for everyone and allows easy access for prams and wheelchairs. We enjoyed the walk with our 3 year old son who was able to walk the track easily and loved the local wildlife we saw along the way including fish and a Potoroo.
Our son was then keen to climb the stairs to the Horseshoe Falls located roughly another 10 minutes’ walk from Russell Falls accessible by mostly stairs. This walk takes you up to the top of Russell Falls and to view the smaller Horseshoe Falls which are also spectacular.
We didn’t get a chance to enjoy any other activities on this day however I would also recommend visiting Lake Dobson which is located a further 16km from the visitors centre on a gravel road (check your car hire conditions for details on driving on this road including snow cover). If you are staying in the area glow worms can also be seen at night during certain times of the year on the Russell Falls track.Overall Mount Field National Park makes a great day trip or a pit stop if you are driving between Hobart and Strahan.