Tasmania's oldest and biggest national parks
15.01.2013 - 17.01.2013 22 °C
We travelled south-east from Lake St. Clair, again on winding mountain roads down to New Norfolk to do some shopping before we head back into the south-western wilderness again. We drove past several lakes but Bronte Lagoon, which is at the geographical center of Tasmania, was the most spectacular.
Mt. Field National Park is well known for its spectacular Russell Falls with its three elegant tiers, framed by lush vegetation and tall trees, and smaller Horseshoe Falls close by. The walk through the tall tree area was also interesting with many 400 year old trees reaching more than 70 meters in height. The Land of the Giants campsite at the entrance to Mt. Field National Park is pleasant, next to the river, with clean amenities and half the price of the terrible campsite at Lake St. Clair Lodge.
The area around Lake Dobson in Mt. Field National Park was closed due to a major bush fire in the Lake Repulse area. I initially planned to travel deeper into the Southwest National Park to camp at Lake Pedder but were advised that the weather will change in a few days with a strong northerly wind that might cut us off to travel out of the area. We have thus decided to skip Lake Pedder as a campsite but we decided to make a day trip through the northern Southwest National Park. The Gordon River and Scotts Peak roads wind through forest, scrub and moorland, sometimes opening out onto breathtaking views of rugged mountains like the Saw Back, Anne, Western Arthur, Frankland and Sentinel ranges. The magnificent Southwest National Park encompasses over 600,000 hectares of wilderness and forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The area around Lake Pedder is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands and the campsite at Teds Beach on Lake Pedder turned out to be a great place to camp but we have to be safe and be mindful of possible fires cutting our exit route off.
We returned to Mt. Field and will tomorrow travel down to Southport to explore the southern end of the Soutwest National Park.