We ventured into the Mount Field National Park on the promise of seeing some awesome tall trees, a couple of water falls, and the possibility of glow worms. The staff in the Information centre were beyond happy and helpful, and even though much of the National Park was closed due to fires, we could explore the walks we really wanted too.
We set out to walk to Russell Falls, and on the way we made ourselves familiar with where the glow worms could be seen if we returned that night – who would give up an opportunity to see glow worms?
The Russell Falls were stunning, and we had them all to ourselves for a short time. There is something magical about a waterfall. The sound of the rushing water, watching the water fall over the top and spotting the rainbows that the spray makes. No wonder people sit and watch waterfalls for hours
We moved on, and walked to the top of the falls – a few steps were involved, but still an easy walk. Further on we found ourselves on a boardwalk at the Horseshoe falls, and gee what a magnificent water fall it was. I was starting to understand why the walk can take up to four hours – they include the time you spend marvelling at the water falls.
Now, at this point you can turn back to the information centre, but we chose to continue on to the Tall Trees walk and then onto Lady Barron Falls.
We learnt about measuring trees, using angles and maths (love a good maths lesson) and we found one of the tallest tress in the forest. It was close to 80 metres high, standing tall, straight and proud. We learnt about the smaller trees, and how they get a real opportunity to grow when a larger tree falls and take a chunk of the canopy with it.
We got to the Lady Barron Falls, and explored the area a little. We marvelled at the beauty of the falls and the surrounding bush landscape. I think, if nothing else, we have learnt to stop, listen and observe when we go on these walks. Not only so we can catch our breath, but so we can truly experience what we are seeing, appreciate it and embed in into our memories.
We left the Lady Barron falls and followed the path through more tall trees. We saw a few Paddymelons, heard a lot of birds calling and spotted a few lizards. We were feeling quite happy with our walk and the beauty we had seen, until we saw THE STAIRS…..yes, we have since called this walk the Stair Master.
Now we lost count of the stairs, but when they offer a number of platforms with a bench on them, you know that you are in for a climb. Now, let the stairs scare you, but be prepared. The majority of the walk is easy, but I think we felt the stairs more than we normally would, as we had walked a million stairs the day prior – now there is a story for another day!
We returned to the park at about 8.30pm that night to meet up with one of the Rangers and to explore the inhabitants of the park after hours. We saw possums, we saw paddymelons and best of all we saw glow worms. It was so exciting, exploring the national park, in the dark, and to be greeted with the green glow of the worms. To have possums watching us, at eye level, as we walked past them, some carrying their babies on their backs and to see Paddy-melons in large numbers. We were hoping to spot a quall, or even an owl, but we did get to pat a Tassie Devil. Put this place on your list of places to explore.