Hike in the Tasmanian Wilderness at Russell Falls

0.7 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by LJ Nielsen

With an inspiring collection of unspoiled waterfalls linked by a network of picturesque walking trails, the Russell Falls hike is the perfect opportunity to experience the Tasmanian wilderness while only being an hour away from the state’s charming capital, Hobart.

Within the Russell Falls area, there are a number of hikes of varying difficulty to choose from, all starting at the main car park of the pristine Mt Field National Park. Please note that there is a fee associated with entry, with a vehicle of up to 8 people costing $24. This is money well spent, however, as the Tasmanian Government is a world-leader in preserving its natural wonderland. 

The Russell Falls hike itself is an easy 800m return walk, along a flat trail that leads straight to the falls. One should not let the ease of the walk discourage them, however, as wandering beneath the towering trees and beside the clear forest creeks is provides a memorable experience. At the end of the initial trail lies the drawcard, the multi-tiered Russell Falls, which locals will tell you are the most photographed Cascadian in all of Tasmania. For the most awe-inspiring sight of the falls, it is best to brave the cold and visit in winter time, when revellers are likely to get soaked as a result of Russell's fury. 

If the Russell Falls hike leaves you wanting more, there is a short, steep climb to the secretive Horshoe Falls, a smaller but nevertheless gorgeous set of falls. This is also the perfect place to roll out the picnic blanket, open the thermos or even undergo some valuable forest bathing time. For those who want a longer hike, the trails leads from Horseshoe Falls to the Lady Barron Falls and loops back to the car park (a total of 6km). For those satisfied with their Tasmanian Wilderness experience at Horshoe Falls, it is an easy downhill hike to the car park along the same approach trail (with a bonus visit to Russell Falls).     

While only an hour from the history and cafés of Hobart, and therefore being a good day-trip option, Mt Field National Park offers up a variety of natural wonders to those who seek them out. That being said, many choose to camp out at the park in order to give the area the attention it truly deserves.  

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