You always imagine the rainforest, untouched by people, a blooming world all on its own, to be silent. In the absence of people it might feel silent, but if you listen, really listen, it's incredibly loud. Listening to the rainforest feels like the first few moments when you wake up in the morning. When every sound is amplified, every movement exaggerated, every emotion noted. the crunch of a stray leaf underfoot, the constant whisper of the rain falling on the canopy above, the sound of a breath of air moving the ferns. Everything is gentle and purposeful, yet everything is loud and alive.
That's what it's like visiting Mount Field.
In May, I took Jacques to Tasmania for his birthday. We had three days, and having been to Hobart before, we wanted to see something new, something in the wilderness. So on landing in Hobart, we rented a campervan, stocked up on supplies, and hit the road heading north out of Hobart. Our first stop: Mount Field.
Normally rain is less than ideal, if not disastrous for photographing landscapes, but when you're headed into the rainforest, it couldn't be more perfect. Mount Field National Park, which is only an hour's drive north of Hobart, is home to not one, not two, but three epic waterfalls. And you can walk the loop trail to them all in 2.5-3 hours.
The track winds through dense rainforest, where mushrooms grow in dark corners, slithers of light create shadows across logs blanketed in thick moss, and pademelons bounce across your path. The soft sound of the rain on the canopy above makes it ever more ethereal.
Russell Falls is a short 20-minute walk from the carpark, however the full circuit track, which takes in Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls, takes about 2 hours and includes a second of about 270 stairs at the end back to the carpark.