3 Day - Mt Field and Hartz Mountains
Hike through varied and endemic environs whilst discovering the valleys and peaks of Mt Field & Hartz Mountain National Park.
Explore a variety of Tasmanian landscapes from mountain streams and rain forested valley's to awe inspiring alpine panoramas. Look into the south west wilderness whilst traversing remote off the map bush roads between the Derwent and Huon Valley and discover the pioneering past of some of the earliest settled areas of Australia. Stay in comfortable country style, farm house accommodation and sit down to fine homestyle meals prepared with the Derwent & Huon's freshest & finest produce.
A truly varied & indulgent walking experience!
Departs & returns Hobart
2 nights - Private country farm house accommodation
Price $1150 per person, twin share. (Single occupancy room upgrade available for an additional $140)
DAY 1 - 12 km walking
Commencing our hotel pick ups at 8 am we are on the road shortly after. By 10am we will have arrived at Mt field National Park where we will enjoy a scrumptious morning tea. You will have time to explore the interpretation centre to get a better understanding of the area before our first walk of the day.
The loop walk explores Lady Barron falls, Horse Shoe falls and Russell falls and gives a great in site into the ecology of Tasmania's endemic temperate rain forests. This area of the park is often called the land of the giants where towering Eucalyptus Regnans, the tallest flowering plants on earth; stand well above the rainforest below.
We settle down to a nice lunch beside the tranquil Tayenna river before a short 15 min drive to the start of the picture perfect and rarely visited Marriott Falls. This walk has some soft and muddy sections as we approach the falls but it is entirely worth while as we often have this hidden place entirely to ourself.
Meals: L, D
For the next two nights we settle into the our farm stay accommodation beside the Tyenna river at Maydeena. Our home away from home consists of two renovated and very comfortable 4 & 5 bedroom farm houses which are very close to one another. We dine for the next two nights at the Giants Table where we have great homestyle meals made with a variety of fresh Derwent Valley produce. Vegetarians and vegans along with meat eaters are extremely well catered for in this homestyle restaurant.
Our accommodation is set up with a mix of twin & double rooms. Both houses have bathrooms and showers which are shared amongst the guests staying in each house. Most often we have 4 – 6 guests in each house.
You can upgrade to a single occupancy room for an additional $70 per night ($140 total)
DAY 2 - 15 - 17 km walking
Today we venture into a vastly different area of Mt Field National park. Driving up a narrow dirt track to Lake Dobson see's the change in lanscape where we arrive in the sub alpine area of Mt Field National Park where our walking begins.
The walk starts in a sub-alpine forest along moraine-dammed lakes, and finishes with a high altitude ridge-top traverse of the Rodway Range with awe inspiring panoramic views. In the afternoon we descend below the tree line to discover botanical variety of the Urquhart Track before finishing this fantastic walk back where we started. On this walk you will witness examples of all of the parks environs including sub-alpine forests, stands of ancient pencil pines, the remarkable cushion plants, glacial moraines, alpine moorlands, exquisite small tarns and lakes, monolithic dolerite boulder fields, dramatic cliffs and peaks, along with stunning views.
In the afternoon we have a little gem in-store for you with a short but exquisite rainforest walk to the entrance of Junee cave where you will witness the crystal clear waters of the Junee river re surface from it's underground journey through one of Australia's largest cave systems.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 3 - 12 km walking
Today starts with traversing off the map bush tracks in our 4wd coach over the western end of the Mt Wellington range. We soon descend into the Huon Valley where we cross the Huon River and journey further into the south west forests before arriving at the Hartz Mountains National Park. Time for morning tea before readying ourselves for our final walk of the trip. Hartz Pass and Hartz peak are in our sights today. It's a great walk on well formed tracks past the pretty lake Esperance before we start the more challenging section of the walk. Hartz Pass and Hartz peak offer sensational views over the South West world heritage area along with some of the best coastal panoramas over the D'Entrecasteaux channel, Bruny island and the distant Tasman Peninsular. There are less challenging options too for those that feel a more relaxing walk is in order.
In the afternoon we travel back to Hobart via the historic port towns of Franklin and Huonville. If time permits we will stop at the apple shed museum where you can buy a great coffee or indulge in a cider tasting while looking through the array of historical apple industry artefacts.
Meals: B, L
On completion of this tour we will drop you at your accommodation of choice in Hobart. For those flying out on the last day please book flights departing after 7 pm. Taxi from the city can be booked and takes approx 25 min and costs is generally between $40 - $50.