Russell Falls

Picturesque Falls Just an Hour from Hobart

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Horseshoe Waterfall is a 10 minute walk from Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park.
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Mount Field National Park
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Russell Falls
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Mt Field National Park
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Great Short Walks - Russell Falls Track
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Russell Falls is reachable by a short, wheelchair accessible journey from the Mt Field National Park visitor centre, through enormous fern forests and some of the world's tallest trees.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania

Russell Falls

Walk amongst some of the tallest trees in Australia and tallest flowering plants on earth as you pass through wet forestland surrounded by native dogwood, myrtle and musk. Just 1 hour out of Hobart, you could easily make a day trip to the falls. The 20 minute return walk takes you through the heart of Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area, to find one of Tassie’s prettiest waterfalls. Discovered in 1856, and previously known as ‘Browning Falls’, the waterfall features immense streams of water that rush out over horizontal marine permian siltstone benches and layers of sandstone that are framed by tall ferns. They have 2 main drops and have a beautiful appearance which makes it the highlight of the park.

If you’re coming from Hobart, you’ll pass through the picturesque Derwent Valley where you can stop and forage through antique collectables in New Norfolk, one of Tasmania’s oldest towns. If you’ve got small children, pop into the Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens along the way to feed the fish and grab some specialty pancakes by the pond. In fact, take the whole family, because as one out of 3 waterfalls in the national park, the walk to Russell Falls is about as toddler friendly as walks get with easy access for both strollers and wheelchairs.

You can follow the same route back to the parks entrance or cross the bridge below the falls and follow the creek back. If you’re camping locally or occupying cabins just outside the parks boundary, rug up, follow the trail using the wooden handrail and switch off your torch to let hundreds of resident glow worms illuminate the way for a mystical evening in the Tasmanian wilderness.

Lady Barron Falls, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, AustraliaLady Barron Falls and Horseshoe Falls also share the national park and are intriguing in their own right. Horseshoe Falls is a quick 10 minute walk from Russell Falls, while Lady Barron Falls will be another 50 minutes on from there. The walking track is well maintained and includes educational signage so you can learn about the flora and fauna you pass along the way.

For an extra challenge, visit the second visitor section located 15km up the mountain onto Lake Dobson. Here, you can venture on some longer day walks. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Geoffrey Lea (road to Russell Falls) and (Lady Barron Falls)

General Information

Park entry fees apply.
Grade Level 1.
No pets, firearms, or bicycles allowed.
Elevation: 295 m
Number of Drops: 2
Total height: 34–58 metres (112–190 ft)

Activities & Things To Do

Great Walks of Australia (Freycinet Experience Walk), Tasmania, AustraliaConsider having a picnic. There are multiple picnic facilities at the lower end of the park and is a nice way to rest in between the walks.

The second visitor section offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, with tows operating in winter and good cross-country skiing across the higher plateau.

For experienced cavers, there are also many caves throughout the park. Image (Camp site by Russell Falls)

Camping and Accommodation

Nearby towns such as Westerway, Ellendale, and New Norfolk are good places to rest your head if you are not headed into Hobart. Cabins are available just outside the park boundary. Camping and caravan facilities are also available near the park entrance, in addition to a visitor center, cafe, and shop. Electric barbeques and toilets are available.

A Bit of History

Mt. Field National Park is Tasmania’s first national park (declared in 1901) and has been popular with nature lovers for well over a century. Russell Falls is the star attraction and was even featured on Australia’s first stamp.

Environment

Tall Trees Walk, Tasmania, AustraliaEven on the easier tracks such as Russell Falls, you will encounter spectacular natural wonders and wildlife, such as the eastern quoll and the eastern barred bandicoot. Eleven of Tasmania’s twelve endemic birds can be seen here as well. Tall tree ferns frame the track as you find yourself surrounded by swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on Earth. Species typical of wet forests and cool temperate rainforests abound.

The diversity of plants increases with altitude. Higher up around Lake Dodson you will find unique alpine species on the Pandani Grove walk. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett (Forest)

what to do

Russell Falls - Bonorong - Salmon Ponds Tour

Private full day tour starting in Hobart including MT WELLINGTON, CASCADE BREWERY, JACKMAN & McROSS  Battery Point, SALMON PONDS (EST 1861), MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK – RUSSELL FALLS WALK  and NEW NORFOLK

Starting in Hobart, we will take you up Mount Wellington, also known as ‘Kunanyi’, the Aboriginal name given to the mountain by the traditional owners of the land. Mount Wellington is the backdrop to Hobart City, with breathtaking panoramic views of the city at 1271m above sea level.

We then travel down the mountain to see the iconic Cascade Brewery standing in startling, gothic isolation next to the clean-running Hobart Rivulet, Cascade is Australia’s oldest brewery (1832). A great stop for a photo opportunity.

Enjoy lunch at the ‘The Salmon Ponds Cafe’. The early European settlers introduced salmon, largely because of the popularity of fishing but also because of the unexpected economic benefits. After a number of failed attempts to transport them, the first live salmon and a small number of trout eggs arrived at these ponds in May 1864. The cafe offers offers fantastic Tasmanian produce, including top quality seafood.

Walk to Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park, a 20 minute walk round trip will take you through a unique bush, comprising of towering swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on earth and species typical of wet forests and cool temperate rainforests, such as dogwood, musk and myrtle towards the falls, the track is also framed by stunning tall tree ferns. The falls themselves are superbly picturesque to say the least.

Finally, stop of a drink in the Bush Inn at New Norfolk one of the oldest pubs in Australia on the way back to Hobart.

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Where to Stay

Tynwald - Willow Bend Estate

New Norfolk - South East

Situated on the riverwalk, this guesthouse is 2.3 km from Willow Court Asylum and 14.3 km from Stefano Lubiana Wines. Claremont House and Myrtle Forest are also within 25 km.

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New Norfolk Apartments

New Norfolk - South East

Situated in New Norfolk, this apartment building is within 2 km of Anglican Church of St Matthew and Willow Court Asylum. Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens and Stefano Lubiana Wines are also within 20 km.
This apartment building features laundry facilities and free self parking.
Each apartment provides a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, plus a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stovetop, and a microwave. Added amenities include free WiFi, a balcony, and premium bedding.

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Hamlet Downs Country Accommodation

Fentonbury - Hobart

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 11.6 km from Mount Field National Park and within 25 km of Something Wild and Junee Caves. Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens and St Peters Church are also within 32 km.
Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free hotel has a garden and barbecue grills. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a picnic area.
All 4 rooms provide conveniences like microwaves and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and patios. DVD players, minibars, and hair dryers are among the other amenities available to guests.

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Roslyn House B&B

Bushy Park - Central Highlands

Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 2.7 km from Something Wild and within 25 km of Willow Court Asylum and Mount Field National Park.

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Maydena Country Cabins Accommodation & Alpaca Stud

Maydena - South

Situated in Fitzgerald, this cabin is 0.4 km from Junee Caves and 13.1 km from Mount Field National Park. Something Wild and Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens are also within 52 km.

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Old Colony Inn

New Norfolk - South East

Situated in New Norfolk, this bed & breakfast is 2.5 km from Willow Court Asylum and 14.5 km from Stefano Lubiana Wines. Claremont House and Myrtle Forest are also within 25 km.

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