Nestled in Mt Field National Park, Waterfalls Café & Gallery has to be one of Tassie’s most gloriously set eateries. Not only is Mt Field Tasmania’s oldest national park, alongside Freycinet, it is also one of the most diverse. It’s home to some of the planet’s tallest eucalypts as well as some epic alpine vegetation, from pandanis and pencil pines, found only in Tasmania, to gorgeous highland tarns. Then there’s the thundering waterfalls including famed Russell Falls just a short walk from the café. All this, about 70 minutes from Hobart.
Step inside for a warm welcome and a hearty meal whipped up from local ingredients. Fuel up before a walk or wander in after a day in the wilderness for one of Waterfall’s signature burgers or soup with crusty bread. There are always seasonal specials reflecting a national park well known for its diverse personality across Tassie’s distinct seasons.
Beside the café is a photographic gallery that brings the outdoors in. Imagery of Mt Field’s beauty lines the walls alongside other Tassie wares, from handmade knits to the work of local artisans. The friendly team is always happy to share insider tips on where to find glow worms and fungi or tiny native orchids.
Don’t forget, Mt Field is one of the best places for fagus (the deciduous beech) that delivers a riot of colour across the Tarn Shelf during autumn. Golds, reds and fiery oranges blanket the hillsides, while in winter, Mount Mawson ski field is often dusted with snow.
90 Lake Dobson Road, Mount Field
(03) 6288 1526