Directions - Located 1.5hrs west of Hobart, take the Brooker Hwy north out of the city and follow the signs for New Norfolk. Pass through the town and continue on towards Mount Field NP. Drive past Mount Field NP until you reach Tyenna. Turn right onto Tyenna Rd and continue over the bridge before turning right. Trail start is just up this track.
The Hike - With a lovely introduction to the Mount Field region of Tasmania after a visit to the Junee Cave, it was time to move on to the final hike I had planned for the day before I checked into my next AirBnB (details at the bottom of the page). Marriotts Falls was next on the agenda as it was close to Junee Cave and looked like a pretty nice hike. Heading back towards Mount Field NP, the hike is located just outside of the town of Tyenna on the banks of the Tyenna River. Locating the car park was fairly simple (cross the river and turn right from Tyenna Rd) and I soon spotted the familiar blue signpost pointing me off into the forest. Again you are greeted with a fairly nondescript landscape to begin with that was previously logged but looks can be deceiving and the single track leads you to the edge of the Tyenna River.
There is plenty of opportunity to check out the river early on with a few side trails but the best views are when you reach the footbridge over a tributary that feeds the river. The Tyenna River is fairly wide in these parts with it being in-between a lazy and mildly fast moving flow with plenty of platypus (you'll see the signs for the canoe tours as you get close to Mount Field NP). For the first part of the hike you follow the banks of the river, climbing up and down the terrain through beautiful white barked Sassafras forest on mossy steps. Having spotted this type of forest at Junee Cave, it was nice to see an extended version rising up the hill. The up and down of this section is very brief and soon you'll find yourself following the banks of the river again. A beautiful array of wildflowers were dotted along the track and combined with the peaceful sounds of the river, gave off a very relaxing vibe to the start of the hike. At the end of the river section you will find remnants of an old timber bridge that hints at the previous land uses of the area.
This is where you leave the Tyenna River and start heading through some very different terrain. While I wasn't expecting this to be a full nature experience from start to finish as I'd read up on the upcoming bare spot but it was still interesting to see for myself. Heading up the hill you are confronted with this very open stretch of grassland that was once forest but cleared for farming purposes. Work has been carried out by local landcare groups to rehabilitate the area as evidenced by the green plastic covers on young saplings and hopefully in the future this area will look a bit more natural. As there is no defined path through this section you are following a series of orange markers attached to star pickets and this makes it very easy to navigate. As you reach the top of the hill you come across an old Blackwood tree that provides a lot of character and would be a cool place to have a picnic if you have the time. This spot before you enter the rainforest was actually quite nice. The open views of the surrounding hills and the green grass were very pleasant to the eye. If you had a few snow capped peaks in the distance and used your imagination, you could be in the opening scene from The Sound of Music.