Mt. Field and Derwent Valley Winter Day Tour
Adult $85 | Con $75 | Child $50
9am - 5pm | departs Hobart CBD
Winter Day trip to Mt. Field. Established in 1916, enjoy an encounter with the magnificent South West of Tasmania and the pioneering Derwent Valley region. Waterfalls and tall trees, glacial and Gondwana remnants. Explore the World Heritage natural and cultural history of Tasmania's oldest National Park, Mount Field. Look out for wildlife and native birds.
Highlights: Russell Falls, Tall Trees Walk, Scenic Drive along River Derwent
Russell falls were one of, if not the first Tasmania's premier tourist attraction. An early correspondent wrote in 1885, "How shall I describe this waterfall? Painter and poet together would fail to convey more than a shadow of its sublime grandeur... take it for granted Russell's Falls in their degree are incomparably beautiful stamped with a bold individuality of picturesqueness, strikingly romantic, and a wealth of vernal setting, purely Tasmanian and to be seen nowhere else".
Becoming a popular place for winter sports in the 1920's, the pioneers were a daring breed, venturing in the highlands on home made skis and constructing shelter such as Twigh-Light Tarn hut, still in use today. A place where the said, last Tasmanian Tiger was captured in 1933 and a place visited by mountaineering royalty, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay back in the 1960's. People for no doubt thousands of years have adored this charming place in the world, it is however the geological and natural history that take this place to a world class level.
A truely spectacular visual occurs every autumn, when the states only native deciduous plant, a tie to the super continent Gondwana, pulls visitors from afar. The annual 'turning of the Fagus' creates a change of colour in this lush green landscape when the foliage transitions from yellow to golden to orange and red. Beneath the flora lies an incredibly diverse landscape, most recently carved by glacial activity 12,000 years ago. The mountain peaks, valleys and lakes offer visitors a geological feast for the eyes. So come with us and explore one of Australia's oldest protected areas and enjoy as a local would and visit in the cooler months. Late April is the best time to visit Mt. Field.
$85 per adult
$75 per concession/student
$50 for children 5-17 years inclusive
Things To Bring
We suggest wearing warm, comfortable clothing and shoes. Please bring AUD Money for lunch and additional tastings.
It's a good idea to bring a rain jacket and don't forget your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities!
Departs Hobart at 9am daily. We can pick you up from your Hobart CBD hotel or meet us at the Hobart Travel and Information Centre situated on Corner of Davey and Elizabeth street, by Hobart's waterfront. Tour returns to Hobart at 5pm with CBD hotel drop off.
Early morning: Journey from Hobart via the Derwent River to Mt. Field.
Mid morning: Visit the Alpine region of the park, walk Lake Dobson
Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the visitor centre cafe or bring your own picnic.
Mid afternoon: Waterfalls, Tall Trees and Rain Forest
Late afternoon: Return back to Hobart via New Norfolk, arriving 5PM
Depart Hobart, travel to the Derwent Valley region following the River Derwent, via the colonial town and region hub, New Norfolk. Passing the largest hop fields in Australia at Bushy Park and the cherry and berry orchids of Westerway (seasonal tastings).
Arriving at the park we stop for half hour at the visitor and interpretation centre to check in, grab a coffee and be introduced to Mt. Field.
Next up we drive to the parks alpine region (weather permitting) to learn of and view the parks glacial remains. Winding up to the plateau, we pass though varied eco systems before arriving at Lake Dobson for a beautiful 35 minute walk via Pencil Pines and Pandani Grove.
Lunch can be purchased from the visitor centre cafe, or bring your own to enjoy a picnic in the grounds or anywhere along the way.
For the afternoon we head back down to enjoy the lush forests and tall trees. Here you have a couple of options, walk the gentle track to the iconic Russell Falls (20 minutes return) then return to the visitors centre. Continue walking to Horse Shoe falls (another 10 minutes), then onto the Tall Trees walk (30 Minutes). All walks return to the visitors centre. All walks are on easily marked tracks.
After seeing the sites, learning the stories and getting some great photos, it's time to head home. Back along the River Derwent, we aim to be back in Hobart at 5PM. Saying our goodbyes as we offer complementary accommodation drop-off.