Derwent Valley, TAS

After leaving Gordon in the smoke we parked up at New Norfolk for a rest by the river.  The next day we visited Mt Field NP for the Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls.  There was a reasonable flow of water considering how little rain they have had.

And then decided to add on the Tall Trees and Lady Barron Falls.  All up it was only 2 hours walking through pretty fern forests with a few pademelons (small wallaby).    There are 239 steps up from Lady Barron falls to the carpark, so if you prefer steppng down do this walk clockwise.
Tasmainian Swamp Gum is the tallest flowering plant in the world, up to 98metres.  California  Redwoods reach 111metres, but have cones.
We had planned on a drive up to Strathgordon but the smoke was too much, so headed north to Derwent Bridge and The Wall.  This is an amazing wood sculpture, still in production so you can see the way the shapes are formed.   It tells a pictorial story of early times, from aboriginal, european settlement and development. The detail is amazing, you really want to touch the carving of the clothes to see if its leather. If you arrive late in the day they record your name so you can return free the next day.  Unfortunately photography is not permitted so we cant show you, but it was worth the $15 entry fee.  You can also buy wine beer or cider to sip while you walk the sculpture, which is what we did the following afternoon as we were still in the area – can recommend the Riesling.
We parked up at Lake King William, an eerie place – did we change planets at the turn off? Smoke haze didn’t help, but it was flat and quiet so a good nights sleep.
Across the road is Lake St Clair, start of the 7 day Overland Trail, but we settled for the 1.5 hour loop trail.
Next day we journey to Queenstown stopping at the small trails along the way until the smoke got too thick.
Franklin River Nature Trail
Donaghys Hill
Nelson Falls – one of our favourites.
The smoke was too much for Iron Blow Lookout and Horsetail Falls.
Queenstown, a copper mining town, is nothing like its namesake in NZ so just continued to Strahan.

You know it’s not good when the Tasmania Fire Service start txting you…

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2 thoughts on “Derwent Valley, TAS

  1. Marie Zammit

    Goodness, smoke, waterfalls and walks. Interesting mix. Plenty of information on our news about Tasmanian bushfires. Hope you continue to keep ahead of the fires – either that or they die out.

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  2. Louise

    Omg beautiful 😀

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