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Mt Field National Park

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Mt Field National Park has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife and offers a great range of facilities for day visitors.

The park essentially has two visitor sections. The first, near the park entrance, includes picnic facilities and the famous Russell Falls. Stunning walks through enormous fern forests and some of the tallest trees in the world are available in this area.

The second visitor section is centered at Lake Dobson and includes the long day walks and skiing areas.

The park offers a diversity in vegetation, ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns at the base of the mountain, through rainforest along the Lake Dobson Road, to alpine vegetation at the higher elevations.

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The park was founded in 1916, making it, along with Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s oldest national park. The area around Russell Falls has been protected for its natural beauty since 1885, when it was set aside as Tasmania’s first nature reserve. The last known wild thylacine (tasmanian tiger) was captured in the region in 1933.

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