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Named after the world's tallest heath - the pandani - this walk circuits Lake Dobson in the Mount Field National Park. In fine weather, it's suitable for all the family.
The remarkable pandani is just one of many subalpine plants that are found in Tasmania and nowhere else on Earth. Along the walk you will encounter numerous alpine plants. Indeed, Mount Field is unusual in that the diversity of plants in the upper reaches of the mountain is greater than the diversity of plants in the forests at the base of the mountain.
At the far end of the lake, you will enter a stunning patch of forest dominated by a mixture of pandanis and pencil pines. Pencil pines are one of a number of ancient conifers that are endemic to Tasmania.
Platypuses are occasionally seen in Lake Dobson, particularly at dusk and dawn.
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. Once at the park, continue up the Lake Dobson Road for 16km. This section of road is unsealed and can be closed due to snow.
Park entry fees apply.
Toilets and day shelter near walk start at Lake Dobson. Electric barbecues, visitor centre and restaurant located at the park entrance.
The track has no steep sections, but ice and snow can cover sections of track.
Supervise children , tracks subject to severe weather conditions all year round, weather may change quickly, tracks are difficult to navigate when covered in snow and may be impassable.
No pets, firearms or bicycles.
Max elevation: 1050 m
Min elevation: 1030 m
Total climbing: 33 m
Total descent: -33 m
For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania