Twilight Tarn camping area (walk-in camping)
At the northern end of the exquisitely beautiful Tarn Shelf are a few small camping sites near the Twilight Tarn hut. Campers must be fully equipped, prepared for alpine weather and carrying water and a gas/fuel stove. In autumn, this area is especially popular with admirers of the ‘fagus’ – a deciduous alpine shrub which turns bright golden orange as the season changes. Moderate to steep tracks lead up from Lake Dobson to Twilight Tarn via Lake Webster or Tarn Shelf (6 hr circuit).
Who to contact: PWS Mt Field National Park (03) 6288 1149 Camping fees: payable by self-registration Permits: Parks Pass is required to enter national parks (03) 6233 2621 www.parks.tas.gov.au Road conditions: road to Lake Dobson subject to snow (03) 6288 1319
This campsite is located in Mount Field National Park
Ever since the 1860s, when the area attracted its first tourists, visitors to Mt Field National Park have been captivated by its sublime grandeur. The park’s entrance is in its lower section: here you’ll find forests of swamp gums – the world’s tallest flowering plant – and rainforest walks through moss-covered fern glades leading to multi-tiered waterfalls. The alpine region of the park is reached via a 15 km narrow, unsealed road winding to Lake Dobson, a pretty lake surrounded by snow gums. There is a day shelter here and nearby are 4 huts offering basic accommodation, which can be hired. For the hardier bushwalker or skier, tracks lead to the ski runs above Lake Dobson and then out along Tarn Shelf, or higher still to the glacier-carved crags and peaks of the park’s mountainous heart.
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