Mission #5: Mount Wellington & Mount Field
Ah so I am finally back from this super holiday…and yet I have so much to write! I’ll be recapping my adventures for a while – sorry for dragging it out, but I really had no energy to write during the trip and I really want to share these adventures with you!
So after Bruny Island, we thought we couldn’t drive past Hobart without visiting the popular Mount Wellington summit. We could see the summit from our caravan park in Snug and the Bruny Island crew sometimes used it as a navigation point – demonstrating what an icon it is even to locals.
The most daunting thing for us was taking the campervan up the roads there. But with slow, careful driving we managed to get there with no trouble. The roads are windy but most of Tasmania’s roads are, these roads just a little busier because of visitors and subject to extreme weather changes.
True to expectations, it was a measly 5 degrees in the midst of summer but at least a little sunny despite the clouds.
At the summit lies the tall, white Pinnacle, which some people like to go up and touch just because. We were content on climbing some rocks to admire the view. Whilst we were up there, I saw some fluff fly into my friend’s hair and pointed this out.
In the next few moments we realised we were experiencing snow and it suddenly became chillier with snow/rain coming down. Having read about it snowing on Mount Wellington during summer before this trip, I can now confirm that this does indeed happen. And at least we can say we experienced it!
Mount Field National Park
Our next stop was Mount Field National Park. I found Tasmania’s iconic destinations had comprehensive road signs so the drive was straightforward. Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time so quickly went to see the popular Russell and Horseshoe Falls.
If you are visiting more than one national park in Tassie, I highly recommend a Holiday Parks Pass. You can buy it at any national park for one vehicle for $60, much cheaper than the individual admission fees. It also allows you to take the Cradle Mountain shuttle bus.
The walk to Russell Falls was quite short, about ten minutes, and had some luscious, moss-covered trees. I wasn’t expecting much but the falls were beautiful and calming. I don’t think pictures will do it justice!
The walk from there to Horseshoe Falls was also not far but involved many steps, which we powered through. This waterfall was a lot smaller but still had its own beauty. Unfortunately we had to make a 200km+ drive to Strahan, so no time to linger.
Otherwise I would have happily explored other parts of the park, but glad we decided not to skip this stop and that we managed to see both waterfalls! This is something we were quite happy about – we fit in everything on our list, didn’t failwhale and miss anything and even managed to squeeze in some extra adventures.
Stay tuned for my next post on the Gordon River and the serenity of the west coast’s World Heritage area.
Photos taken by me and the.adventouriist