Starting from the Mount Field Visitor Centre on Lake Dobson Road, Mount Field, this circuit walk leads past Russell Falls via the Russell Falls Nature Walk. This short walk takes you through a forest of giant trees and flowering plants to the prettiest waterfall in Tasmania. If lucky, you might spot a platypus in the creek behind the falls. If you're spending the night in the park, you can opt for a night visit to the falls. Once you turn off your torch, you'll see the wonderful shining glowworms. The walk to Russell Falls is toddler-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Mount Field has camping facilities, toilets, electric barbecues, a kiosk and a visitor centre near the start of the track. Cabins are located outside of the park's borders. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Gordon River Road, B61 then drive for 3.4 km
Turn slight right onto Gordon River Road, B61 and drive for another 12.4 km
Turn left onto Gordon River Road, B61 and drive for another 7.5 km
Turn right onto Lake Dobson Road, C609 and drive for another 660 m
Turn right and drive for another 15 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Mount Field Visitor Centre Carpark off Lake Dobson Road, head towards the roadside face of the visitor centre along the dirt path. Continue straight when you come to the intersection as the track on the right, which leads towards the visitor centre will be your return track. As you’re moving away from the building, the dirt track you’re on will veer right leading into the woodland to and onto Russell Falls.....
Directions & comments
There is a toilet (about 25 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 25 m back from the start).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Russell Falls Track & Russell Falls Return Track) continue straight, to head along Russell Falls Track.
After another 680 m (at the intersection of Horseshoe Falls Track & Russell Falls Track) turn right, to head along Horseshoe Falls Track (a footpath).
Then cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 30 m come to the viewpoint (5 m on your left).
Then pass the "Russell Falls" (40 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A side trip taking you to Horseshoe Falls. Keep in mind that this trip includes steps, so it is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
At the intersection of Horseshoe Falls Track & Russell Falls Return Track turn right, to head along Russell Falls Return Track (a walking track).
After another 20 m come to the viewpoint (20 m on your left).
After another 520 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 170 m pass the "Mt Field Visitor Centre" (35 m on your left).
At the intersection of Russell Falls Track & Russell Falls Return Track turn sharp left.
After another 45 m come to the end.
A side trip taking you to Horseshoe Falls. Keep in mind that this trip includes steps, so it is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Horseshoe Falls Track & Russell Falls Return Track Start heading along Horseshoe Falls Track (a steps).
Then head up the steps (about 345 m long)
Then pass a seat (on your right).
After another 275 m continue straight, to head along Horseshoe Falls Track.
After another 30 m come to the end.
About 20 m past the end is "Horseshoe Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 370 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Smooth & flat
30 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -3 m back from the start.
Seat: There is one 750 m (plus an extra 70 m along side route) from the start.