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Mt Fields & New Norfolk

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Mount Field
Just down the road from Fentonbury is Mount Fields National Park. The landscape ranges from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland, rising to 1,434 metres (4,705 ft) at the summit of Mount Field West. Founded in 1916, it is Tasmania's oldest national park.
There are a range of walks, from the visitor centre: Russell Falls is an easy, 20-minute return walk on asphalt and boardwalks.

Horseshoe Falls is a 30-minute walk.

Tall Trees Walk is an easy thirty-minute walk through the tall swamp gums.
Tasmania's swamp gum (Eucalyptus regnans) is the tallest hardwood - and the tallest flowering plant - in the world. The tallest recorded in Tasmania was 98 metres high.

and there's lots of wallabies
When French explorer Bruni D'Entrescasteaux first saw this island in 1792 it was the forests which impressed him. He wrote... "trees of an immense height and proportionate diameter, their branchless trunks covered with evergreen foliage, some looking as old as the world"

New Norfolk
New Norfolk is the nearest town for groceries and any other amenities. It's about a 30minute drive from Fentonbury. There's not much to note, except a rather interesting Antique shop, held within the old Nurses Quarters.
The beautiful and historic Willow Court & Barracks precinct is a not to be missed opportunity to explore and learn about Australia’s oldest continually run mental hospital and Military Barracks that pre-dates Port Arthur.
If the walls could talk. Spacious grounds and gracious buildings waiting for a benefactor to restore their grandeur. A nice café and a really interesting (and vast) antique business. The patients are long gone. What will be the next chapter?

Some idea of what's available inside

Even the old toilets are used for displaying items...

Bible anyone...?

'Fur Thing' anyone...??

And on the outside, even these poorly classics are for sale...

Bus anyone...?

Steam Engine perhaps...?

How about a rustic cell door?

Posted by charlystyles 01:47 Archived in Australia Tagged mount_fields new_norfolk nurses_quarters

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