What is a Tarn? A tarn is a small lake. Why not call it a small lake? Who knows but in Tassie they love their tarns and there are plenty of them.
The Tarn shelf walk is in the Mt Field National Park less than a two hour drive from Hobart. Mt field is popular because of the very tall gum trees, the rainforest and waterfalls. I love the alpine section of Mt Field which is perched high above the rainforest and tall trees. The Tarn shelf is literally a shelf that juts out of a mountainside and because of its table top position it collects runoff from the mountain forming a large number of beautiful lakes that dot the shelf. Surrounding each lake is beautiful flora. One of the lakes has an amazing collection of what I think of as giant bonsai trees: Twisted and shaped by the harsh weather and stunted by the conditions but still ancient and strong.
This walk starts from the Lake Dobson carpark and takes a solid 6 hours. It is well worth it. One caution – make sure you do the full lake circuit including Lake Webster, do not head up to K Col. This loop involves a lot of tedious and frustrating boulder hopping with not much to see!