Russell Falls: Discovering my own backyard

Discovering my own backyard

It’s embarrassing to say that I have lived in Tasmania for all bar 4 and a half years of my life.  What’s embarrassing about that you ask?  Well, I’ve barely seen any of it.  My boyfriends parents who are from country Victoria have seen more of this state than I probably ever will and they only visit once a year.

I started to feel guilty that I have spent so much of my time dedicated to seeing or planning holidays to visit various parts of the world when I have barely spent any time exploring my own backyard.  People comment to me all the time about how much Tassie has to offer so I thought it was about time I took their advice and went to see for myself.

So today we jumped in the car and headed about an hour North West of Hobart to Mt Field National Park.  Within the park is Russell Falls which has some amazing walking tracks varying from 30 minutes in length all the way up to full day hiking trips.

Russell Falls
Russell Falls

It was absolutely beautiful.  We went for the 2 and a half hour track so we could see Russell Falls, Lady Barron Falls, Horse Shoe Falls, and the Tall Trees Walk.

Russell Falls only takes about 20 minutes to walk to but then the track leads you through various walks to get to Lady Barron Falls.  Having the different tracks means it’s easier to go back to the starting point if you’re too exhausted.  It was hilly in parts, and the track on the way back to the car had 200+ steps at the end of it which made me want to pass out.. it did warn me that some fitness level was required.  I didn’t realise how serious it really was.

 

Russell Falls
Not even half of the stairs

After the walk we had a well earned snack at their cafe which was a bit overpriced for what it was, but that’s to be expected at a tourist attraction like that I guess.

Horse Shoe Falls
Horse Shoe Falls

It was such a nice way to spend a day off.  I often get way too involved in Netflix or uni work that I never really see the outside world let alone get fresh air and exercise.

I’m so excited to see the other gems I’m sure are just around the corner from my house.  Jerome and I enjoyed today so much more than we expected.  We’ve decided for our next adventures we’re going to try driving an hour in a different direction and see where it takes us.  Now I’ve got even more to look forward to on a day off 🙂

 

Russell Falls

 

 

 

 

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