Mt Field – Tarn Shelf to Rodway Range Circuit.

For a small island Tasmania is blessed with more than its fair share of natural beauty, challenging walks and climbs, and easy access to tranquility and isolation.

Just over an hour’s drive from Hobart is the Mt Field National Park. In winter there is enough snow for skiers and snowboarders to use the established ski slope or head off into the higher ranges and discover their own adventure.

This circuit walk takes in some fabulous wilderness scenery. There was still some snow around in early Summer to add a bit of extra fun.

We met just one other couple during our eight hour hike. They were tackling a shorter circuit, which seemed like an attractive option to me after the climb up to the shelf. But my daughter had the day planned!!

This hike was my most challenging full day endurance test in preparation before heading off on the Overland Track. I needed a long soak in the bath when I got home.

It took me two or three attempts to climb this modest but very slippery incline.

Gnarly tree clinging to its rocky perch. I thought this looked “alien’, but I’d been out in the sun for a whole day,

A few short sections of the track have been duck boarded to protect fragile mosses and slow growing sponge plants.

The Cairn at the summit.

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3 thoughts on “Mt Field – Tarn Shelf to Rodway Range Circuit.

  1. The landscape in Tasmania looks so beautiful, what an amazing place to explore. It does look very challenging though, well done both of you. I agree, that tree is definitely an Ent and very alien looking 😉

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    1. It’s a long time since I saw the word Ent!! I’ve met several hikers who think Scotland and Tasmania have a lot in common. My most vivid memory of camping in Scotland was my legs and arms providing an evening meal to a swarm of biting midges. When I return I’ll be better prepared😀

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      1. I love finding character trees, I see faces and creatures in everything these days for some reason. This year the midges were really bad when I was over on the Isle of Arran, couldn’t sit outside at all or stand still for any length of time 😂 I agree, your photos do remind me of Scotland. It’s nice to see other beautiful landscapes at the other side of the world.

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