Russell Falls, in Mt Field National Park, is one of Tasmania’s
best known scenic attractions. The falls can be reached in an easy 10
minute stroll from the first car park. The track follows level ground
and is sealed, making it suitable for wheelchair use. Green and
graceful ferns line the track edges while giant eucalypts tower
overhead. You can return from the falls via the same track or follow
the creek back by crossing the bridge below the falls.
Mt Field National Park
Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s most loved
national parks. The park has a wide variety of scenic features and
wildlife and offers a great range of facilities for day visitors. Few
other national parks in Australia offer such a diversity in vegetation,
ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns at the base
of the mountain, through rainforest along the Lake Dobson Road, to
alpine vegetation at the higher elevations.
The park essentially has two visitor sections. The first, near the
park entrance, includes picnic facilities and Russell Falls. Stunning
walks through enormous fern forests and some of the tallest trees in
the world are available in this area.
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Access is via a well-developed track that ascends past the top
Russell Falls. It is also within the Tasmanian Wilderness World
Heritage Area. Horseshoe Falls are composed of horizontal marine
Permian siltstone benches, as are Russell Falls.
Location: Mt. Field National Park, Tas, off Gordon River Road.