Tyenna River, on the border of Mount Field, has been called “the most platypusey river in Australia” (probably by locals). The Russell Falls walk alone provides great chances to spot one, or if you have someone like Gail in your party, to prove they exist in the wild.
The temperate rainforest at this level also has mature tree ferns and some lovely waterfalls.
A bit further up the mountain there are walks through tall-tree territory, filled with bird song and in the winter months a fantastic place to hunt fungi.
At the top of the park, the walk round Lake Dobson is one of our favourite spots in Tasmania, with astonishing endemic flora like Telopea tasmanica (pepperberries) and the fantastically unlikely richea pandani, the world’s tallest heath plant. It sounds boring put like that, but to walk the path underneath this alpine palm-like plant is to wonder if a dinosaur will turn up just round he corner.
Halfway up the Lake Dobson road, the Block Stream is great for intrepid rock-hoppers, with huge rocks forming hollows in which grow bonsai gardens of some of Tasmania’s most interesting endemic flora, including king billy and pencil pines, alpine yellow gums and snow gums and a range of exciting prickly plants from ankle to thigh, for which Tasmania is renowned. It’s also a spectacular place to see the fagus turning.