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A Guide to Mount Field National Park

A Guide to Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park is an iconic location in Tasmania and is home to a great variety of scenery ranging from temperate rainforest to alpine peaks. Located just over an hour's drive from the centre of Hobart, it contains a rich diversity of flora and fauna, stunning landscapes and a number of different hiking options to suit everyone (see below for more detail). This is one of the best national parks in Tasmania, even more so if you love to go hiking. 

Where - Located west of Hobart, take the Brooker Highway north out of the city and follow the signs for New Norfolk. Pass through the town and follow the signs for Westerway and then Mount Field National Park. The Visitor Centre is located over the Tyenna River, just off Gordon River Road.

Stay - There are accommodation options to suit most people within a short drive of the park but be sure to book early if you want to visit during peak season.

Eat/Drink - While dinner options are limited around Mount Field, there are still some nice places to grab a meal or a coffee.

  • Waterfalls Café & Gallery - Located in the Mount Field Visitor Centre, they serve a range of light meals and takeaway options. Also a great place to grab a coffee before heading into the alpine sections of the park.

  • National Park Hotel - The best (and only) place close to the park to grab dinner, enjoy this historic hotel with plenty of food and beverage options available. 

  • Possum Shed Café - Located in Westerway, a short drive east of the park, this is a warm and inviting place to grab breakfast, lunch or your morning coffee.

  • Fika Time Café - Located in Maydena to the west of the park, this traditional Swedish café offers a range of breakfast and lunch options along with coffee.

  • MBP Canteen - Located at the Maydena Mountain Bike Park, they have breakfast and lunch options along with tea and coffee.

Fuel/Groceries - If you're headed to Mount Field and beyond to Lake Pedder then you'll need to stock up on groceries because there aren't any towns near the national park that have supermarkets. 

  • Groceries - New Norfolk (40 minute drive) is your best option if you're coming from Hobart with a Woolworths and IGA Express to choose from. The Fika Time Café in Maydena has a limited General Store with the basics. 

  • Fuel - There are fuel pumps either side of Mount Field at Westerway and Maydena but sometimes services can be down. The nearest chain fuel station is Ampol at Bushy Park, a 20 minute drive east of the park.


Anything Else?

  • Railtrack Riders - Enjoy a journey along the old railway line here on a pedal car taking you from Maydena either east or west along the track. 

  • Paddle With the Platypus - A guided kayak tour of the Upper Derwent where you might find a shy platypus or two.

  • Maydena Bike Park - If you're bringing your mountain bike then Maydena is home to some great trails (73 in total). Bring your own or hire a dual suspension Trek from the shop and enjoy the hills and technical trails around Maydena.

The Waterfalls
Explore the Temperate Rainforest

Waterfall Hikes in Mount Field National Park

Lady Barron Falls Circuit

Length - 6.5km 

Vertical Climb - 198m

Time - 2-3 Hours

Exploring the temperate rainforest around the Mount Field Visitor Centre, linking up Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls on this fantastic hike.

Walks in Mount Field National Park

Russell Falls Walk

Length - 1.7km 

Vertical Climb - 31m

Time - 1 Hour

One of the most iconic places in Tasmania, a trip to Mount Field is not complete without seeing the majesty of Russell Falls, a short walk from the Mount Field Visitor Centre.

Alpine Country
Tarns, Mountains and Pandani

Alpine Hikes in Mount Field National Park

Mount Field East

Length - 11.3km 

Vertical Climb - 569m

Time - 3-5 Hours

Walking past pristine alpine lakes and up into boulder strewn landscapes, the hike to the summit of Mount Field East provides some stunning views, combined with excellent walking throughout the loop.

Mountain Hikes in Mount Field National Park

Mount Field West

Length - 20.2km 

Vertical Climb - 816m

Time - 6-10 Hours

The highest point in Mount Field National Park, Mount Field West is a tough but rewarding hike up and down some truly spectacular wilderness with amazing scenery around every corner.

Short Walks in Mount Field National Park

Pandani Grove Nature Walk

Length - 1.6km 

Vertical Climb - 26m

Time - 30-45 Mins

Circling the shores of Lake Dobson, the Pandani Grove Nature Walk takes you close to the endemic Pandanis that thrive along the edge of the lake, along with showcasing the wonderful forest.

Best Hikes in Mount Field National Park

Tarn Shelf Circuit

Length - 15.6km 

Vertical Climb - 604m

Time - 4-7 Hours

One of the best day hikes in Tasmania, the Tarn Shelf Circuit takes you up into the mountains and along a stretch filled with idyllic alpine tarns. Fantastic hiking.

Further Afield
Summits, Caves and Waterfalls

Walks near Mount Field

Junee Cave

Length - 1.0km 

Vertical Climb - 27m

Time - 30 Mins

A lovely little walk just outside of Maydena that takes you through the temperate rainforest and along the Junee River to the entrance of Junee Cave, one of the deepest in Tasmania.

Hikes near Mount Field

Marriotts Falls

Length - 4.5km 

Vertical Climb - 144m

Time - 1-2 Hours

Following the course of the Tyenna River and heading through open fields, you reach the rainforest on the slopes of Mount Field with a stunning finish at Marriotts Falls.

Mountain Hikes near Mount Field

The Needles Track

Length - 2.9km 

Vertical Climb - 366m

Time - 1-3 Hours

A challenging hike up to the summit of The Needles, a geological delight with stunning rock formations and even better views over the Southwest Wilderness.

Walk Trails near Mount Field

Tolkien Track

Length - 3.2km 

Vertical Climb - 160m

Time - 1 Hour

Explore the Styx Conservation Area with a lovely walk through the giants of the forest to Waterfall Creek. A fantastic hike with some interesting history that saved this patch of forest from logging.

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