Russell Falls
Russell Falls
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  • Niccers16
    Bundaberg, Australia377 contributions
    Worth visiting!!
    Great falls to visit with an easy 10-15 mins walk starting behind the visitors Centre. Able to cater for prams, wheelchairs and walkers. Falls are spectacular and so much higher than I was expecting. Great photo opportunities.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, Hawaii169 contributions
    Easy walk to the falls
    The walk to Russell Falls in the Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania’s oldest national park, was easy and reasonably flat. Along the Tall Trees Trail you pass swamp gums, the tallest trees in Australia (80m high), as well as many temperate rainforest species like dogwood, musk myrtle, tree ferns and eucalyptus regnans. There is parking, bathrooms, and a visitor center and gift shop
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2023
  • Liisa and Dave B
    Adelaide, Australia2,505 contributions
    Well worth the short, easy walk
    One of my favourite waterfalls in Tasmania. The walk to the falls is easy and pleasant. We continued on further from there but if you only want to see the falls it’s about a 25 minute round trip. We had lunch at the cafe first before commencing our hike. Easy to read signs are posted for clear directions. Ample parking available. Toilet facilities are clean. So many fascinating trees to see along the way.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
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Derek T
Sydney, Australia36 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Just beautiful. The walk up to the falls on a well maintained track. We spotted wallabies on our way up by walking and talking very quietly. The Russell falls were just beautiful. We then made our way up to horse shoe falls, a short walk. Just magic. We returned to the car park along the track on the other side of the river and saw two amazing platypus!
That made our day!
Written November 22, 2020
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bubbles135
Greater Melbourne, Australia146 contributions
Mar 2021
On the advice of a review read here, my sister and I decided to do the Lady Barron Loop walk in reverse, that is in the opposite direction suggested by the Visitors Centre. And boy, were we glad we did! Doing it this way means doing the steep climb first, while you are fresh and you tackle both staircases by going DOWN rather than up! That was certainly easier for these two semi-fit 60+ year olds. To start, head towards the camping area on the road. You will then pass a residence on your left. By then you will see the sign for Lady Barron Falls to the right of the house. You will ‘climb’ steadily for about 10 -15 minutes but once you reach the 239 stairs leading down to the forest floor, you’ve tackled the worst. Doing the walk in this direction took us about one hour and fifty minutes, with lots of stops for photos and chatting to people on the way! The Visitor Centre says the walk should take over 2 hours. A younger, fitter couple we met at the beginning of our walk had taken 2 hours and 15 minutes. I’m glad we went in the directions did!
Written March 24, 2021
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,873 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Russell Falls is about an hour’s drive from Hobart. The falls are accessible along a well-formed and flat path which is short 10 to 15 minutes walk from the car park. The falls are stunning, with the backdrop of ferns, trees and other vegetation. Don’t forget your camera.
Thanks for your vote.
Written February 1, 2021
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Kim B
Newnan, GA1,021 contributions
Mar 2020
These are likely the most scenic single falls I have ever seen. ( Not to be compared with Victoria falls or Iguazu). They are plenty wide and come down and break off into sections. Trying to get a photo to really show how pretty they are is not likely to happen.

It is a nice scenic mossy trail ( paved ) to get there. I think they may be about half a mile in or so.
You can elect to go up to the top and see more large trees, but compared to the falls themselves that is a bit disappointing.
We did not have a blue shy day, but they were lovely anyways.
They are definitely worth the walk in.
The park cost $12 each or $24 for a car. You put the pass on car window. They walk around and check.
There is more to do there than the falls but we were on a time table.
There were lots of people staying for the day which was evident.
Written March 22, 2020
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,355 contributions
Jan 2022
Located in Mount Field National park, about an hours drive from Hobart Russell falls is possibly Tasmanians most famous waterfall.

I must emphasise that if you are visiting Mount Field National Park you NEED A PARKS PASS. This can be purchased within the office itself. There are various options from a day pass to a 8 week pass (good for tourists as it covers freycinet, Hartz, cradle mountain). While visiting we noted a parks officer fining cars which didn't have a parks pass displayed on their cars.

The walk to Russell falls begins direct behind the visitors centre. The pathway is paved all the way through and suitable for wheelchairs and/or prams. My all trails app suggests it is 2.1km, 88m elevation.

The walk itself to the falls is very nice- passing through temperate rainforest with a large display of fern trees. If you look closely enough you should also be able to spot juvenile trout in the adjacent stream.

Overall a great spot to visit and would recommend it to others.
Written January 7, 2022
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Jos-C
Perth, Australia407 contributions
Feb 2021
Another well maintained national park! Would recommend the three falls walk which is a 6km loop around the three different waterfalls at this park including Russell falls, horseshoe falls, the tall tree walk and lady Barron falls. If you go left from the car park and head up the sealed driveway alongside the house this will take you the opposite direction starting at Barron falls, the benefit of this is that you go downhill and down the 100 or so steps, you see these falls then you cross the road to the tall trees loop, make your way around to the horseshoe falls and then once again go down a set of 50 or so stairs to Russell falls. Slightly easier if you don’t want to climb up stairs.

Clearly identifiable path all the way through with pretty easy terrain, other than the stairs no climbing required.
Written February 21, 2021
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Owen Thesaints
Kent653 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
My wife and I were travelling from Hobart to Strahan. Our first stop was at the Russell Falls National Park. We opted to take the longest walk - 6km in 2.5 hours. The first falls we reached was the Russell Falls. This was an easy stroll along level paths. It was a spectacular sight, with water cascading over several tiers. There was an excellent viewing platform at the bottom of the falls providing an unimpeded sight over their full height. From here we were soon climbing steps to walk up past Russell falls to view Horseshoe falls. These were much smaller, but very attractive nonetheless. From Horseshoe falls we walked through thick forest, admiring the tall trees. There was some ups and downs and it was muddy in places. After about 30 minutes we arrived at Lady Barron falls, with a small viewing platform provided to get a clear sight. There was a very pleasant stretch of the trail which ran beside a stream before we encountered a daunting series of wooden steps - it was quite hard work to reach the top. There was a further climb before we descended through a stretch of Eucalyptus trees, many of which had charred trunks. On completing the walk we enjoyed a simple lunch of soup and a toasted sandwich in the visitor centre cafe. The sustenance was most welcome after completing the walk.
Written November 27, 2022
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,217 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
It is very hard to tire of Russell Falls: it is a stunning waterfall. Just an easy 20-30 minute walk from the Visitors Centre, the forest track itself is very pleasant with birdlife generally easy to spot. There is an alternate return track.

Go early or late, especially if you are staying nearby to avoid the crowds and get that shot you want.
Written November 5, 2022
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Ian L
Perth, Australia542 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Little gem, takes a bit of driving (1.5hrs) from Hobart but worth the effort if you’re on the way to stay somewhere north or west.

We walked up from the visitors centre - where we purchased a national park pass valid for a few weeks. (Much more economical option than buying one off passes, if you plan on visiting a few great parks). The jungle was luscious and relaxed environment, really soothing. Our cameras worked overtime.

The Russell Falls waterfall was easy to access at ground level. We decided to continue the 10001 steps up to the Horseshoe Falls, which was also very spectacular.

Suggest walking back along the inland dirt trail to the Visitors Centre. It is also really scenic and quiet. Final tip - drive to the washroom facility if needed - it’s a fair hike after 10001 steps!
Written December 13, 2022
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Schlepper1939
Brisbane Region, Australia893 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
These falls are only a short walk from the Visitor Information Centre at the Mt Field National Park. It's an easy walk through trees and tree ferns, all covered in moss etc. Magic.
The falls themselves are well worth the effort and are a haven of peace.
Mt Field NP is only a short drive from Hobart- include it in your itinerary if visiting Hobart.
Written February 28, 2021
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