In between two of Tasmania’s immense National Parks, Mount Field National Park and Southwest National Park, lie two lesser-known gems; Marriot Falls and The Needles.
My partner and I are usually exhausted after week of the daily grind and are constantly looking to escape the city for the weekend.
Although Summer is over, the weather is Tasmania has been fantastic and after working half a day on Saturday we packed the van and headed off. With no definite plans we headed towards the Southwest National Park in the search of waterfalls and mountains.
We arrived at the Marriot Falls late Saturday afternoon. Located on the outskirts of the Mount Field National Park, Marriott Falls is one of the lesser known waterfalls in the area. Anticipating a 3-hour return walk we were presently surprised to reach the falls in under an hour. The sun was out and the temperature was 24 degrees (nearly unheard of in Tasmania!) so we cooled off underneath the waterfall.
We set up camp in the car park at the base of The Needles. Alarms were set for 5:00am with the ambitions of reaching the summit by sunrise.
The Needles is a stunning mountain range just after the town Maydena in the Southwest National Park. We have hiked The Needles twice before and it is one of our favourites.
After starting off in darkness underneath the clouds, we gained altitude and could tell we were in for stunning sunrise. We set up and watch the sunrise light up the low-lying clouds in the valley. With our stomachs grumbling, we descended into the cloud and back to the van for breakfast.
- Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots (both tracks can get very muddy)
- Swimmers (we forgot…)
- Suitable clothing for all weather conditions
How To Get There
From Hobart, head north through New Norfolk. Take the Gordon River Road to the junction of Tyenna Road (about 10kms after the Mt. Field National Park entrance). The car park is signposted at the end of the road just after the bridge over the Tyenna River.
Continue on the Gordon River Road until you reach a car park on the right hand side which is signposted ‘Highest point on Gordon River Road’ about 15kms after Maydena. The walk starts on the opposite side of the road which is marked with a cairn.
- Russell Falls (additional points of interest)
- Gordon River Dam (additional points of interest)
Low to medium level of general fitness. Marriott Falls was only 5km and very easy. The Needles is only a short 3km hike but very steep in sections. It is also quite overgrown, muddy and slippery.
Marriott Falls – 5km
The Needles – 3kms (about 400m vertical)