A day hiking trip at Tasmania's oldest National Park. Explore the Tarn Shelf with unique ecology, alpine and glacial lakes. Wander the rainforest, waterfalls and walk beneath some of the world's tallest trees. Two of Tasmania's great short walks. Enjoy with morning tea at a local farm, picnic lunch in the mountains and finish the day with an afternoon wine. Departs Hobart Tuesday and Friday.
• Departs Hobart - 8:30am with complementary accommodation pick up prior • Scenic drive along the Derwent River, learn the history of this colonial agricultural region. • Morning tea at local farm shop, produce seasonally available. Enjoy a hot drink as we look over the walking map for the day. • Drive the stunning roadway to Mount Fields alpine zone and ski fields. • Hike to the Tarn Shelf, 2.5 hrs, via Lake Seal Lookout, Rodway Hut, returning via the Pencil Pines of the Pandani Grove Walk - 6KM. • Enjoy lunch in a mountain hut or if weather permits, outside overlooking the Tarn Shelf and Broad River Valley. • The afternoon we travel back down to lower end of the National Park to start the Tall Trees and Russell Falls Walk. • This 1.5hr walk takes us under huge tree ferns and giant eucalyptus forests to the famous Russell and Horse-shoe Falls - 3km. • Before days end, enjoy a glass of Tasmanian wine and reflect on the wonderful World Heritage Wilderness of Mt. Field. • Arrive back to your Hobart accommodation approx. 5:30pm Walking time: 4 hours | Walking distance: 9KM | Track Rating 4: Some steep sections, loose rocks, exposed, partly board walked with signed tracks. Food: morning tea (backed goods and coffee/tea), lunch, afternoon wine & cheese. Terrain; Sub-alpine, mixed forest, rain forest, ski fields. "It is doubtful if any other 40,000 acres of the surface of the globe can supply the variety of interests that the public of Tasmania is striving to save from the destruction in its national park" - A.N. Lewis 1921.