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Forest

Nowadays Primary Forests and ancient trees are rare. There are still spectacular forests with a huge biodiversity or ancient trees to discover.

Always worth to visit but in summer avoid the crowds at midday to enjoy this magic forest. Mostly people make a stop around midday when driving the Great Ocean Road. Summer more crowded, best visited in the morning or late afternoon.

Weather
High rainfall throughout the year deep in the heart of the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April anyway rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest season.

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Mount Field National Park is a year-round destination and every season is different:

Spring (Sep. – Nov.):
The waterfalls; Russel Falls, Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls are at their peak, especially beginning of spring. Very impressive are Russel Falls after heavy rainfall.

Oct./Nov. the hibernation of echidnas ends depending on the temperature,

Summer (Dec. – Feb..):
High chance to spot echidnas until end of summer (March/April).
Best time for hiking. These are the “driest” months although even during summer high precipitation occurs.

Autumn (March – May):
During autumn, mostly in April the Tarn Shelf hike is a great highlight with a riot of colors from orange to red and gold.

Winter (June – August):
Skiing at Mount Mawson from mid-July to mid-September.

Climate:
The Mount Field area has a high amount of rainfall each year. The wettest months are from May until October. Even in summer high precipitation occurs. The “driest” and warmest months are January and February with an average temperature of less than 15 degrees. The alpine areas e.g. Lake Dobson are even colder.

It’s only 1 1/2 hours drive from Hobart to Mount Field N.P. the reason that it gets more crowded at weekends and holiday.

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