The Needles Track
Southwest National Park
Directions - The Needles Track is located 90 minutes west of Hobart, take Brooker Highway north and follow the signs for New Norfolk. Pass through the town and follow the signs for Westerway and then Mount Field National Park. Pass through Maydena and the car park is 17km along Gordon River Road on the right hand side. Look for the "Highest Point on Road" sign, park in the gravel car park and the trail starts on the southern side of the road (there is a small cairn and pink tape at the opening).
The Hike - With a few hikes under my belt on this latest Taswegin visit including a re-hike of the Lady Barron Falls Circuit and an epic day on Mount Field West, I was beginning to run out of trails in Mount Field National Park. One trail that I had earmarked as a must hike while planning for this trip was The Needles, a short but sharp hike taking you past some outstanding geological features to the summit where magnificent views could be had. The legs were a little sore after my 20km hike up Mount Field West so I spent the morning with Caris as we explored Junee Cave and then headed back to the town of New Norfolk to have a better look around.