Thursday, 15 June 2017

Mount Field Waterfalls Circuit

Thursday 15th June 2017

Russell Falls
I did the touristy thing today and walked to a few waterfalls in the Mount Field area, but to add a little section of bush walking, I included Sharpes Falls, which was off track. I had previously been to Russell, Horseshoe and Lady Barron Falls.
I started out from the visitor's centre at National park and walked up to Russell Falls first. I had been waiting for some decent rainfall to do this walk, but became impatient, and decided to do it anyway. The creeks were flowing so it wasn't too disappointing.
Russell Falls

Russell Falls
From Russell Falls it was a short walk up to Horseshoe Falls.
Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls
 After Horseshoe Falls the track led to Lady Barron Falls via the Tall Trees walk.

Lady Barron Falls

Lady Barron Falls

Lady Barron Creek
From Lady Barron Falls I crossed the creek and made my way steeply up hill to a forestry road and then along this for a short distance, onto another track, and then in to the scrub. In hindsight I probably could have kept going on the track as I would have ended up at the same place. I encountered another track which I followed down to a good forestry road. I came to a junction and should have turned right but went straight ahead and then walked into the pine plantation in the direction of Sharpes Falls. It was fairly easy going and I soon arrived at the falls. They were a pleasant surprise.
Sharpes Falls

Sharpes Falls

Sharpes Falls

Bottom Sharpes Falls

Sharpes Creek
There were a few tapes at the bottom of the falls which I followed but they soon petered out so I just made my way to the road that I mentioned before. From here it was a easy walk downhill to the Tyenna River and the railway line.

Tyenna River

Derwent Valley Line
I then walked back along the railway line to National Park Station and then to the car.
Weir on Tyenna River

National Park Station

Railtrack Rider Transport
This was a really interesting walk and by starting early I did not see any people until I arrived back at the car.
Distance: 13.4 kms.
Time: 4'27"
Ascent: 360 metres
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