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Russell Falls is one of Tasmania's most treasured places. The falls delight every visitor and can be reached by a very easy track that may suit some wheelchair users and those with strollers.
You can return from the falls via the same track or follow the creek back by crossing the bridge below the falls.
Located in Mount Field National Park, this easy walk will take you through a mixed forest comprising towering swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on Earth, and species typical of wet forests and cool temperate rainforests, such as dogwood, musk and myrtle. Towards the falls, the track is framed by stunning tall tree ferns. The falls themselves are impossibly picturesque.
At night time glow worms can be seen among the vegetation on the approach to the falls, however, you will need to turn torches off. A handrail will help you move along the track in the dark.
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: 216 m
Min elevation: 176 m
Total climbing: 53 m
Total descent: -53 m
For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania