Platypus Tarn, Mt Field

(12 photos, Part 1) – On Sunday I headed off early with my wife and youngest daughter on a day trip and walk at Mt Field, about an hour’s drive north of Hobart.

River Derwent wetlands above Bridgewater Bridge

Established in 1916 it is Tasmania’s oldest National Park and the most diverse, home to some of the world’s tallest eucalypt forests, as well as a unique array of alpine vegetation.

View over Glenora and Bushy Park hop fields on the way

With perfect walking weather, we took the 30 minute drive to Lake Dobson which takes you through rainforest, past towering swamp gums and up to the high country of snow gums, alpine moorlands and glacial lakes. This area includes longer day walks and skiing areas. Dramatic mountain scenery and alpine plant communities are a feature of the higher parts of the park.

The start of the walk from Lake Dobson.

It was decided to walk into Platypus Tarn, then continue on to Lake Seal and see how we’re travelling.

The track is not well formed but easy to follow.
Plants growing between tree roots.
Mount Bridges
Part of Platypus Tarn
Gnarled tree beside Platypus Tarn
Banksia beside the Tarn
Reflections on the beautiful Platypus Tarn
The weather in this alpine region is not always this kind.
Tasmanian Snow Gums and endemic heath berries – Cyathodes petiolaris.

Visit back in a day or three for the next post in this series, as we continue on to Lake Seal.

11 thoughts on “Platypus Tarn, Mt Field

    1. It is a beautiful park and very diverse, I really should go up there more often! We used to stay in public huts up there once a year when I was kid for a “snow weekend” with extended family and friends. Fond memories, back then you could have a roaring bonfire, not allowed to nowadays. 😦

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