South West National Park
Sue and Robert from Brisbane enjoyed a private day tour into Tasmania’s rugged South West National Park. It was a fairly early start from Hobart and we headed straight to Mt Field National Park. Here I completed the paperwork required and we enjoyed a coffee at the café before continuing on to Maydena.
At Maydena we took the turnoff to Junee Cave. The short walk out to the cave was very interesting, though quite damp, from all the recent rain. Robert and Sue took the opportunity to photograph many of the different fungi along the route. The cave entrance was a sight to behold with water from an underground stream gushing out of the cave into the open air. We continued on our way toward Lake Pedder taking note of the beautiful snow-capped peak of Mt Field West rising some 1439 metres above sea level.
Creepy Crawly Nature Trail
We took another detour along the way and headed down Scotts Peak Road few a couple of kilometres until we came to the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail. It is a short walk through a lovely section of cool temperate rainforest. The fully-boarded track weaves its way around moss-covered trees and over giant logs. From there it was onto Pedder Wilderness Lodge at Strath Gordon for lunch. We all enjoyed a substantial lunch and a warm by the log-fire before venturing forth to visit Gordon Dam.
Gordon Dam & Russell Falls
Gordon Dam is the largest arch dam in the southern hemisphere and was constructed by the Hydro Electric Commission between 1969 and 1975. My father had his last job here before retirement. He was in charge of paying the workers, an important job indeed! Robert took a stroll along the top of the dam while Sue and I took a few happy snaps and breathed in the fresh air. It was then straight back to Mt Field for a walk out to Russell Falls.
I thought with all the water about, and the high level of the rivers we had seen along the way, that the falls would be impressive. And they were spectacular with a huge amount of water gushing over the falls and causing a fine mist to rise up from the water below. It was the perfect way to end the tour. The icing on the cake was seeing a pademelon on our way out to head back to Hobart.