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An excellent walk that offers the best of the Mount Field National Park's lower altitude tracks. It includes Russell Falls, Lady Barron Falls, the Tall Trees Walk and more.
Mount Field offers a unique opportunity to sample the rich diversity of Tasmania's plant life, from the wet sclerophyll and rainforest species along this walk, to the alpine species in the higher reaches of the park.
This walk will take you through tall forests dominated by the tallest flowering plant on Earth, the swamp gum (Eucalyptus regnans), and species typical of Tamania's cool temperate rainforests - many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Along the lower reaches of the track, swamp gum occurs in association with stringy bark, E. obliqua - a poorly reserved forest community.
Lady Barren Falls
The waterfall is named after Lady Clara Barron - the wife of Sir Harry Barron, Governor of Tasmania from 1909 to 1913.
Like Russell and Horseshoe Falls, Lady Barron Falls is composed of marine Permian siltstone, faced by retreating sandstone layers. All three falls provide a glimpse of the underlying geology in a heavily forested area where the geology is otherwise hidden beneath vegetation and soils.
About the region
Mount Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks and is also one of its most diverse. Spectacular glaciated landscapes compete for attention with cascading waterfalls, including the breathtaking, three-tiered Russell Falls - arguably one of the most impressive waterfalls in Tasmania.
Begin your Mount Field visit with a leisurely walk through the towering tree ferns and giant eucalypts on the short walk to Russell Falls, before travelling up the road toward Lake Dobson, where you will find longer day walks and, in winter, the snow-dusted slopes of the Mount Mawson ski field. During autumn, the hillsides of the Tarn Shelf are a riot of colour as the fagus, or deciduous beech, turns gold, orange and red.
From New Norfolk take road B62 and then B61. If travelling from Lake St Clair, take road B61 from the Lyell Highway (A10), just east of Gretna.
Park entry fees apply.
Toilets, electric barbecues, kiosk and Visitors Centre near start of track.
Supervise children, flowing waters, tracks may be closed as walking here is not recommended in strong winds or stormy weather, trees and limbs may fall.
No pets, firearms or bicycles.
Max elevation: 277 m
Min elevation: 184 m
Total climbing: 241 m
Total descent: -241 m
For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania