There is something humbling about being amongst living things more massive than yourself. Perhaps this is the reason why Mt. Field National Park in Tasmania is one of the most popular camping destinations in Australia. Or perhaps, it is because the park is quite accessible and has amenities to make your stay comfortable. Known as Land of the Giants, this caravan park is situated in a forest by the Tyenna river and is home to 100-meter Swamp Gums. Mt. Field National Park is just an hour’s drive away from Hobart. Finance
The park is a family-friendly destination with attractions that even the youngest of children can enjoy. Being so close to the river, naturally, swimming is a popular activity during summer. You can also indulge in short, leisurely bushwalks or challenge yourself with the longer, rougher tracks all over the park. In winter, you can go skiing near Lake Dobson.
If you’re lucky enough, you will encounter some of the wildlife during your walks. The forests are known to be home to Tasmanian devils, while the river is host to some platypus. Yeah, both of these species tend to be elusive but hey, that’s what makes spotting them even more exciting!
Within the park is Russell Falls –a beautiful cascade of water in the middle of the forest– which is a short walk from the carpark. The best part about this attraction is that its pathway is wheelchair accessible. Because it’s the most popular attraction in the park, expect it to be crowded unless you go very early in the morning or late in the afternoon. You can also extend your walk from Russell Falls to Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls to see more of the magnificent Swamp Gums that populate the forests.
Just outside the campgrounds is a Visitors Centre where you can learn more about the walks around the park, as well as about its history, plantlife, and wildlife.
Where to camp
Mt. Field National Park has powered and unpowered sites. There are 14 of the former and 26 of the latter. There’s a fee of $20 per person for serviced sites and $10 per person for unpowered sites. Families need not worry about the fee getting too high as there is a lower rate for families. Bookings are not required so the campground is on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is a central amenities section that all the campsites share. There are about 4 toilets and 4 showers for men and women. Next to this block is the laundry. What did we tell you? This place is for easy camping!
For food, you can cook up your own the camp kitchen. Just don’t forget to bring your own kitchen equipment as these are not provided. If you’re too exhausted to prepare your own food, you can have your meal at the cafe near the Visitors Centre –just make sure to head there not too late because it closes at 5 PM! And oh, you’ll love that there’s a pub not even half of a kilometer from the park’s entrance.
Above Image Source: Stefan Karpiniec – flickr.com