Tyenna Valley

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DISTANCES: Maydena 17Km

The Tyenna Valley is a largely undiscovered area of Tasmania. It is a valley of mountains, waterfalls and forests lost in time.

Your journey begins with the drive along the magnificent Tyenna River through Westerway, a small hamlet featuring excellent fishing and riverside picnic spots. There is local self-contained accommodation, grocery store, post office and a lovely riverside tea gardens and craft shop.

Just past Westerway the road winds along the river towards Mt Field National Park. Mt Field features a wide variety of beautiful waterfalls and temperate rainforest walks, including the magnificent Russell Falls. Lake Dobson, at the top of Mt. Field shows a unique alpine lake system featuring unusual flora and fauna and trout filled mountain lakes.

Continuing up the Tyenna Valley towards Maydena, you are heading into a unique wilderness area in Tasmania. The area of Fitzgerald, just before Maydena, holds historical value as the place where the last Tasmanian Tiger was caught many years ago. This is an area steeped in natural beauty and history. Maydena is nestled in the Tyenna Valley featuring magnificent views of the towering peaks Mt. Field West, Tyenna Peak and Mt. Mueller.

Maydena is a progressive little town that grew from the humble beginnings of a forestry town and now caters increasingly for visitors. It features modern supermarket facilities, excellent restaurant and accommodation facilities ranging from lodge style to self-contained.

There are many attractions which are accessed with an easy drive from Maydena, firstly beginning with the Junee Cave resurgence. This cave system is the longest cave system in the southern hemisphere. This system begins at the Growling Swallet where the river progresses underground into the rock and continues for 16km through underground cave openings until it reappears at the entrance to Junee cave.

The Styx Valley and Florentine Valley are both spectacular attractions featuring the world’s tallest Hardwood trees and the world’s tallest flowering plants, Eucalyptus regnans. A short drive from Maydena, 17km, will bring you to this area featuring ancient trees up to 93 metres tall. Lovely walks wind throughout the forest with excellent viewing platforms to get the best vista of these giants. The Styx and river wind its way through this valley and is a lovely short walk from the road. The Styx River is a pristine tea coloured river with excellent local trout fishing.

Lake Pedder is a wonderful expanse of water by which to spend some time. It features great fishing which can be accessed by boat or you can throw a line in from one of the beaches dotted along its coastline. Scotts Peak Dam is situated at one end of Lake Pedder and has excellent camping facilities, a great place to while away a few pleasant hours or even days.