Set among a beautiful pine forest, overlooking Mt Field in the National Heritage area. Abundant fish and bush hiking. Local swimming pool in summer months. Overland ski-ing in the winter.
Mt Mawson, Mt Field National Park
A great place to visit and enjoy your next winter skiing holiday, Tasmania is one of the prettiest places on earth. While the facilities are basic, the price makes up for it and it is never crowded. Mount Mawson is located within the Mount Field National Park. It is minutes from the Chalet. A short drive to the top of the mountain.
You will find the skiing areas are at an altitude of about 1250m and the area regularly receives reasonable consistent snow cover. There are three 'nutcracker' rope tows and one small surface lift in the beginner's area, which is free, beginners are well catered for here. Tow belts for use with the rope tows can be hired on the mountain. The tows can be accessed from the car park.
Two of the rope tows are intermediate standard, one is advanced standard. Rodway tow is the steepest serviced ski area in Tasmania.
Everyone is catered for, intermediates and the more advance or expert skiers and snowboarders. Cross-country skiing is excellent, with beautiful high-level routes around tarns to huts. There are spectacular views over the south-west Tasmanian wilderness and you will find one of the steepest runs in the country there.
There is a dryer for your your ski gear in the Chalet.
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Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania's most loved national parks. The park has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife and offers a great range of facilities for day visitors. Few other national parks in Australia offer such a diversity in vegetation, ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns at the base of the mountain, through rainforest along the Lake Dobson Road, to alpine vegetation at the higher elevations.
The park essentially has two visitor sections. The first, near the park entrance, includes picnic facilities and the famous Russell Falls. Stunning walks through enormous fern forests and some of the tallest trees in the world are available in this area.
The second visitor section is centred at Lake Dobson and includes the long day walks and skiing areas. For the latest snow reports during the ski season, see . Dramatic mountain scenery and alpine plant communities are a feature of the higher parts of the park.
Mt Field - Tyenna Valley
The causeway across Lake Meadowbank leads to the diverse Tyenna region, the home of the tallest hardwood trees in the world. Photograph the old shingle-roofed hop kilns on the way to Westerway – gateway to the Tyenna region. Ellendale, the view of an often snow-capped Mt Field East appears before you.
The Tyenna River is abundant in feisty stream trout and it's an ideal place to spot a platypus before travelling on to the renowned Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park, where Tasmania's eco-systems are easily accessible.
One of the area's treasures is the Junee cave at Maydena. Rainforests flourish in the Florentine and other nearby valleys. Enclose yourselves in wet myrtle forests, and explore the "Eagle Eyrie" at Abbott's Peak.
Before you leave the area, experience the unforgettable scenery of Lake Pedder and the South-West Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Did you know?
The last Tasmanian Tiger was caught in the Florentine Valley near Maydena
The Tasmanian South West Wilderness Area comprises 1.38 million hectares of pristine wilderness.
Lakes Pedder and Gordon form the largest inland freshwater storage in Australia - 27 times the volume of water in Sydney Harbour .
The tallest tree in the Styx Valley is over 86 metres high.
The highest commercial abseil in Australia is at the Gordon Dam.
The Junee cave system contains the deepest caves in Australia
Russell Falls is lit up at night by glow-worms
Mount Mawson is located within the Mount Field National Park and about 1½ hours drive from Hobart in southern Tasmania. The ski areas are at an altitude of about 1250m and the area usually gets fairly consistent snow falls during winter resulting in sufficient cover for downhill skiing from mid July to mid September.
Mount Mawson is a small club field operated by the Southern Tasmania Ski Association STSA. The area is open to the general public for downhill skiing. The STSA is formed from members of the seven ski clubs with lodges on the mountain the area, the Ski Club of Tasmania, Oldina Ski Club, Wellington Ski Club, Hobart Walking Club, Mount Mawson Ski Club, Alpine Club of Southern Tasmania and the University Ski Club. Members of these ski clubs help to maintain and operate the tows.
There are three 'nutcracker' rope tows and one small surface lift in the beginners area. Tow belts for use with the rope tows can be hired on the mountain. The tows are accessed from the car park via a scenic 20 minute uphill walk through alpine forest. This can often be skied on the way home. The area caters for beginners, intermediates and expert skiers and snowboarders and has one of the steepest runs in the country. Trainer ski patrollers are on duty whenever the tows are operating.
There are numerous cross country skiing possibilities from Mount Mawson including the Rodway Range, the Tarn Shelf and Mount Field West. A number of public shelter huts are located in these areas.
ZooDoo Wildlife Park
Richmond Family Attractions Website
Zoodoo has Tasmania's largest range of exotic animals including a variety of monkey species, tigers, white Lions and many many more. Lion Cub feeding and keeper's tours run daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Launceston Family Attractions Website
Tasmania Zoo the ultimate wildlife attraction in Tasmania boasts the largest collection of species. Enjoy your time exploring and discovering species from all over the world, including 8 species of primates, crocodiles and alligators.
Launceston City Ghost Tours
Launceston Tours and Sightseeing Website
A 90 minute walking tour around the inner city; back alleys & lane-ways - departing at nightfall. The tour focuses on Launceston's convict history - of stories of murder and intrigue including the unique architecture.
World Heritage Cruises
Strahan Cruises Website
Cruise Tasmania's world famous Gordon River, deep into one of the last great temperate rainforests. Our ultra-modern cruiser departs the Strahan Wharf daily for an awe-inspiring journey into the World Heritage listed South West Tasmanian...
Top Gun Australia
Hobart Family Attractions Website
Top Gun is Australia's Premier Adventure Flight Company and offers flights in both high speed military jets and classic warbirds. Live your dreams with adrenaline pumping speeds and high G forces, previously reserved for real Top Guns
East Coast Cruises
Triabunna Family Attractions Website
Escape to Maria Island with East Coast Cruises. Choose from 3 unique wilderness adventures taking you on a tour of Tasmania's best-kept secret, while enjoying the comforts of our 45ft tour vessel MV Encounter. Tours include half day.
Old Hobart Town Model Village
Richmond Family Attractions Website
Just 20km from Hobart en route to Port Arthur is Tasmania's famous outdoor model village, Old Hobart Town. Winner of multiple awards since opening in 1991, the village is a large scale 1:16 model of Hobart as it was in the 1820s.
Hollybank Treetops Adventure
Launceston Family Attractions Website
Experience the Hollybank journey, Tasmania's newest tourism venture. Visitors fly or glide across the treetops in this award winning and unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Tasmania's beautiful forests.
Tamar River Cruises
Launceston Cruises Website
Time is precious, spend it wisely and discover Launceston's best kept secrets. See scenery like you've never seen before, live historical tales you will never forget, taste local wines and fresh produce, sense tranquil life on the Tamar.
Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania, Australia. Port Arthur is one of Australia's most significant heritage areas and an open air museum.
The site forms part of the Australian Convict Sites, a World Heritage property consisting of eleven remnant penal sites originally built within the British Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries on fertile Australian coastal strips. Collectively, these sites, including Port Arthur, now represent, "...the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts.
Port Arthur is officially Tasmania's top tourist attraction. It is located approximately 60 kilometres 37 mi south east of the state capital, Hobart. In 1996 it was the scene of the worst mass murder event in post-colonial Australian history.
Cool Climate Wine
Tasmania is the ‘cool climate’ wine growing state of Australia. Divided into smaller sub-regions, each micro-climate is suitable to specific cool climate grape varieties.
Tasmania won its first international wine award at the Paris Exhibition in 1848. The wine came from a small vineyard in Hobart and to this day around 120 bottles are produced each year from the remnants of those original prize-winning vines.
Tasmanian wine production all but disappeared until the middle of this century - 'too far south, too cold, the grapes will never ripen’, was the generally accepted view. However, in the 1950s two visionaries, Jean Miguet at Providence near Pipers River in northern Tasmania and Claudio Alcorso at Moorilla Estate in Hobart, proved otherwise.
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Tasmania’s cool climate and long autumn days are now recognised as a virtue, closer to the climatic conditions of Europe’s famous wine regions than to those of continental Australia. The Tasmanian climate provides grapes with a long gr