On Friday night we noticed snow forecast for Mt. Field National Park. The first snow of the season, we couldn’t miss it! After a leisurely start at around 10 am, we found ourselves enjoying a coffee in New Norfolk by 10:45 am. What a lovely town steeped in history! The location of Australia’s first telephone call and longest continuously operating hotel. 30 minutes later we passed the visitor’s centre at Mt. Field National Park and began the picturesque ascent to Mt. Mawson’s snowfields. Towering Swamp Gums (Eucalyptus Regnans, the tallest flowering tree on earth) gave way to snow covered Myrtle and Man Ferns. By 11:30 we were at the rocky summit car park, just in time for a solid snow fall. The snow covered rocks and pristine streams were stunning in the sunbursts.
On the way back, we visited the Tall Trees walk and the Russell Falls . Stunningly beautiful and powerfully ancient. Driving back in the fading afternoon light, the farmland and orchards reminded us of the incredible fertility of Tasmania and the endless series of postcard like images a simple day trip offers.
A quick stop at Salmon ponds (very nice garden) for a coffee followed by fish & chips in Constitution Dock.
We will recommend this easy day trip to our guests and visiting friends. It only took us only 1 hour 20 minutes each way! Leaving at around 9 am would give you plenty of time to explore the whole park being back in Hobart by 5 pm to choose a restaurant and enjoy some great local produce with a good local wine.
What a wonderful and easy day!