Mount Field National Park is a national park in Tasmania, Australia, 64 km northwest of Hobart. The landscape ranges from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland, rising to 1,434 metres (4,705 ft) at the summit of Mount Field West.
Mount Field National Park was founded in 1916, making it, along with Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s oldest national park.
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 (Tasmanian tiger) was captured in the region in 1933. The reserve was called “National Park” before 1946, but was officially renamed to its present name in 1947
Russell Falls & Horseshoe Falls
We took a wonderful walk from the Park Headquarters up to the Russell Falls and then onto Horseshoe Falls. The well laid out path meandered through large gum trees and tree ferns till you reached the Russell Falls.
To get to Horseshoe Falls there was a steep path and boardwalk up to the top of Russell Falls and from there a short distance away you came to the small Horseshoe Falls.
Tall Trees Walk
From the Horseshoe Falls, we then walked through the forest to the Tall Trees Walk which is a circular walk taking you through some spectacular large swamp gum trees.
The tall swamp gums of Mt Field National Park are amongst the tallest trees in Australia. The swamp gum, Eucalyptus regnans, is the tallest flowering plant on Earth. The Tall Trees circuit takes you through a spectacular forest of these giants, the largest of which were growing when Abel Tasman first sighted Tasmania in 1642.
Visitors have the opportunity to use a clinometer to calculate the height of these massive trees.
The Tasmanian swamp gum tree (Eucalyptus regnans)is the tallest hardwood and tallest flowering plant in the world. The tallest recorded in Tasmania was 98m tall. This one above is around 79m tall and is one of the very few remaining giant trees. Looking up at this magnificent tree the very first branch is some 37m above you.
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