Sure, you can whiz up Mt Field in a car, but you’ll miss the subtle and magnificent changes as you transition from Gum tree and fern forests, through sub-aline woodlands and then unfolding to alpine lakes at the top. All in a beautiful up and back of a few thousand feet.
The ride starts in the little town of Westerway, just a few miles from the entrance to Mt Field National Park. This extra mileage provides a nice warm up before you start the climb. The paved road winds its way out to the Visitors Center. Stop in to pay for your entrance to the park.
Then, start up the narrow gravel road, stopping at the various viewpoints and information stops. The climb remains consistent and not overly steep in terms of Tassie level climbs.
You’ll finish the climb 12.5 miles (20 Km’s) up, then roll a few more miles with a smidge more climbing to reach Lake Dobson. There’s a lovely viewing area to see the lake just a short hike of ~ 100 meters from the end of the road. Read More
On the descent back down, keep your speed in check as you may encounter cars coming up the road. It would be easy to find yourself planted as a hood ornament on upcoming vehicle.
Now before you dash back to Westerway, stop at the Visitor Center again. Stash your bikes and hike out to the famous Russell Falls. The hike is stunning and short; an easy stroll through fern trees and along the creek. (We even spotted a platypus!). The falls are well worth it…. even for you Tassie locals who yawn at the thought of another waterfall.
After the Falls, spin back to Westerway and stop in at the Farm Gate Shop at the Westerway Raspberry Farm. Great ice cream, fresh raspberries, and coffee …. We picked up some Raspberry Liqueur which was delicious.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Out & Back : 29 miles (47 Km) / 3800 ft gain (1158 meters)
– Mixed route: ~ 65% gravel
– Location: ~ Hobart, Tasmania
– Rideable: Spring through Fall
– Route Author: Captain “O” and Gravel Girl
– Published: January 2019
Moderate. Due to sustained climb beginning at mile 5 (Km 8), 2900 feet (884 meters) of gain over 7.5 mile (12 Km’s).
At the intersection of B61 and C608 at the Westerway Community Hall.
Food / Water
Mt Field Visitor Center at mile 5 (Km 8).
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road