One of the most accessible, and beloved, waterfalls in Tasmania is Russell Falls, situated within the Mount Field National Park, 30 minutes past New Norfolk. The path to the Falls is sealed and suitable for wheelchairs or strollers, only taking 20 minutes to complete the 600m circuit. 10 minutes further past Russell Falls, via a steep track, are the gorgeous Horseshoe Falls, a fantastic highlight of the Mount Field National Park.
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|Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls are located 70km north-west of Hobart, within the Mt Field National Park. From Hobart, head north-west on the Brooker Highway (A10) to New Norfolk. Once at New Norfolk, follow winding road of B61/B62, turning into Mt Field National Park on your right.|
Well signposted from the Mount Field National Park main car park, Russell Falls is an easy going 400m walk, following a well maintained, wheelchair accessible, walking track. Straight away you are surrounded by towering swamp gums, myrtle and dogwood trees, situating you within some of the most beautiful landscape Tasmania have to offer.
Russell Falls themselves are utterly stunning, demanding your entire view once positioned in front. Tremendous streams of water rush out, even spraying visitors with mist from 20m away during late winter.
From here you can make your way up a steep, but short, climb to Horseshoe Falls. Through much smaller in size to Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls perhaps overwhelms it in terms of majestic beauty, becoming perhaps even more photographed and recognised part of the Mount Field National Park.
Returning to the car park follow the same path or return via a track on the other side of the river below Russell Falls. For those wishing for a more demanding hike, the Tall Trees circuit is also available, leading off from Horseshoe Falls.
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania