Sights & Activities

Russell Falls
Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls

Explore all the treasures on offer in this diverse area with its many walking tracks and waterfalls, rain forests, mountain lakes, ski fields and tarns.

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Tyenna Fishing
Tyenna River Fishing

Inland fisheries rate the Tyenna River (Tyenna, meaning bandicoot in aboriginal) as the best trout fishing river in Tasmania and you can wet your line just 30 metres from the cottage (you will need a licence).

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Junee Caves
Junee Caves

A 15 minute walk through lush rainforest, will bring you to the mouth of a cave. This cave has a waterfall emerging from it which has travelled 30km underground, through 295 caves.

The Junee Cave is part of a 30km series of limestone caves which are said to be the deepest in Australia and are still being mapped and explored. The Junee Cave is the only part of the system that is safe and easy to visit unless you are a cave diver.

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Marriotts Falls

Beautiful Marriott Falls. The falls lie just outside the Mt Field National Park between Maydena and the township of National Park.  Turn right about 5 kilometres west of National Park.  There is a sign on the left which is easily missed.  Turn right again just over the bridge a few hundred metres from the turn off.

The track passes along the Tyenna River and is in very good condition.  After a few hundred metres the track turns left up into the forest. It is a little wet in places.  It is an awkward descent to the base of the falls with a couple of logs to negotiate.

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Lake Pedder
Lake Pedder, Lake Gordon, Gordan Dam and Southwest National Park World Heritage Area

A majestic wild, rugged landscape that contains the tallest flowering plants in the world, alpine meadows, temperate rainforest, deep limestone caves and raging rivers.

The South West is the place for experienced walkers with a range of challenging climbs from a five hour return to Mount Wedge, a 10 hour return walk up to the top of Mount Anne, or a 10 to 12 day trek along the Western Arthur traverse.

If you prefer your wilderness to be a little more accessible, there is an excellent road straight through it from Maydena, which has the Styx Forest to the left, the Florentine to the right and Lake Pedder and the Gordon Dam an hour and fifteen minutes in front of you. About halfway to Strathgordon is a road to Scott’s Peak Dam, with a spectacular view of Lake Pedder. (This road is unsealed)

The Gordon Dam is also the site of Australia’s longest vertical abseil.

Styx Forest
Styx Forest

A  drive towards Strathgordon along the Gordon River road, and you will be at the entrance to the Styx Forest, the home of the Giant Trees from which our place takes its name.

18km further on will bring you to the Big Tree Reserve. These trees are the tallest flowering plants in the world – the Eucalyptus Regnans.

These trees are truly awe-inspiring and are a must-see while you are here. Some of these trees tower as much as 32 storeys and are more than 400 years old. They are the world’s tallest hardwood trees, known as swamp gums or mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans). There is a Boardwalk at the Forestry Big Tree Reserve where you can see examples of these trees, where they show you the Big Tree and the even Bigger Tree!

Download - Wilderness Society Map of the Styx
Rail Track Riders
Rail Track Riders

Pedal your way 2km to the end of the Railway line and back! Great fun for all ages and all fitness levels. Book on-line at  or phone o427 206 864.

Every Sunday 1 May to 30 September

Saturdays & Sundays 1 October to 24 December

Daily from 26 December to 28 February

Saturdays & Sundays 1 March to 30 April

Further details and bookings can be found on Forestry Tasmania’s website: or by telephoning 1300 720 507 or

Gordon Rive Kayaking
Kayaking and Guided Walks

Gain exclusive access to the hidden secrets of the World Heritage Upper and Lower Florentine Valley and the South West National Park. Liam and his team from Tassie Bound offer guided kayaking and walking tours to areas not normally accessible to the everyday traveller with a gourmet lunch included. Contact: Liam on 0417 008 422 or take a look at the website:


Why not try the world’s highest abseil – 140 metres.
Aardvark Adventures abseil the Gordon Dam.

or telephone: (03) 6273 7722