Mt Field National Park, Tasmania

Over the Easter long weekend we flew to Hobart for our third excursion around Tasmania.  It's a quick one hour flight from Melbourne to a beautiful place with lots of scenery, good food and drink, and few people.  

From the airport we drove out to Mt Field National Park, about an hour West of the airport.  Being Good Friday, most shops were closed so we packed peanut butter, jelly (jam not jello), and bread and made some sandwiches in the parking lot.  Then we headed out on a nice long hike to explore the waterfalls.
Hike to Russell Falls
At Russell Falls
The first waterfall we came to was Russell Falls, a big spectacular waterfall with several rock tiers.  It was a quick hike from the parking lot, and there was a large viewing platform with quite a few people enjoying the view up to the falls.  We continued on the trail to Horseshoe Falls, enjoying the crisp autumn air and the lush green surroundings.  Then we walked through the Tall Trees Walk area, where trees hundreds of years old disappeared into the sky.

Russell Falls
Russell Falls
Horseshoe Falls
Trunk of a very old tree
We walked on to Lady Barron Falls, where we had the trail and falls to ourselves while we ate our sandwiches.  Then we took the trail back to the carpark, climbing many stairs along the way.
Funny trees along the walk
Lady Barron Falls
Steps along the walk
We enjoyed the nice scenic drive back through Hobart up to Orford, the town we we staying in for the next couple of nights.  We had a quaint little cabin on the hill with a grand view across the bay to Maria Island, the following day's destination.  Thoroughly exhausted from the day's travel, hikes, and drives, we ate some pizza and had some local wine in from of the fireplace before calling it a day.
Pretty scenery along the way
Our cottage with a view of Maria Island


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