National Parks., Hobart
Waterfalls are often a popular destination for tourists and Tassie has its share of good ones. Not all that far away (about an hour) are the most popular of all, Russell. They are located in Mount Field National Park and it will cost your carload $22 to walk five minutes up the trail to view them.
However, there is a lot more to see at Mount Field. There's heaps of walks in rainorest, alpine and sub alpine vegetation and there's another two waterfalls, Lady Barron and Horseshoe.
Fondest memory: However, just down the road at Tyenna, there's another set of falls called Marriott and you can see them for nothing and, if you're into flowers, drop in a Newbury Gardens as well.
It involves a 30 minute walk along the pretty Tyenna River before you cut across a paddock and up through one of the finest fern forests you'll ever see.
I'd tried to go the year before but they hadn't been able to fit me in after weighing all their clients. So it made me more determined 12 months later to get on board.
I booked in and spent the night parked nearby the office of Tasair.
I was awoken by the early morning interstate flights and a special sunrise (see opening pic).
While waiting I spoke with fellow passengers and one husband told a tale of how the previous week he had been walking much of what we were about to fly over.
He'd awoke one morning and felt that the floor of his tent was soggy so he roused his mate and then the first wall of water hit them.
They shifted up higher and got hit by another wall. Their group lost shoes and cameras and some food. One hiker ended up walking for the next two days with a boot on one foot and a sandal duct taped to another.
Fondest memory: We took off and headed south over the Huon Valley before turning west along the coast. Here you are flying over some of the wildest waters in Australia. Weather is a huge factor here, as it is for the flights. There are constant upgrades on weather data before you go.
Your destination is Bathurst Harbour where once you used to land on the sand; these days there's a proper landing strip, even if it is a bit rustic.
As we came in to land I could see a nearby lagoon was almost glasslike on its surface and I got permission to head over there with my camera for half an hour.
This place is where lots of bushwalkers come to to either leave on a trek or get picked up.
There are a few permanent buildings here and, scattered amongst the melaleucas, tents and a toilet. Apart from a nearby abandoned tin mine where two people live, this is all there is for days in any direction.
I raced off and took my shots before we headed north and east back home. It's the second part that is sensational as you fly over places like Federation Peak, Lake Pedder, Mount Anne and Mount Wellington at the back of Hobart.
It's a wonderful experience, just make sure you pick good weather.
It costs around $300
Tasmania is often forgotten by the rest of the world and by the rest of Australia even! It is cold for most of the year and its weather (especially in the mountains) is very changeable! However, there is so much breathtaking scenery and if you love hiking without running into another soul, then this is a must place to see!
This photograph is by the man who brought Tasmania to the rest of Australia: Peter Dombrovskis. He lived in Hobart and captured the beauty of the Tasmanian Wilderness.
Here is the official Tasmanian tourism site:
Fondest memory: Walking through magnificent forests, camping by a crystal clear lake and looking out at the brilliant blue skies above a white-capped mountain - and not a soul around! (except for the odd wallaby or possum!)
Favorite thing: Definantley Freycinet national park,such great wildlife and bushland,which stops at white sandy beaches.
Favorite thing: Tasmania is the island of waterfalls, here are the spectacular Liffey falls in the temperate rainforests of Tassie
Favorite thing: A Distant view of the georgeous Cradle Mountain, with St. Lake Clair nearby, stunning effects with the rocks in the clear waters.
Favorite thing: Lilydale falls another set of great falls in Tasmanias Wilderness, Tasmania is Australias true untouched state.
Favorite thing: Freycinet National Park, look at the clear water, and eerie rocks, but we warned the water is SO COLD.
Favorite thing: Cradle Mountain, a hikers dream.....Beautiful shaped rugged mountain with views to die for some 1,500m high.