Tasmanian Waterfall Map

 

This is not a guide on how to get to waterfalls in Tasmania. For that please visit https://waterfallsoftasmania.com.au/waterfalls.

This is map I’ve worked on over the last year that I believe is the most complete map of Tasmanian waterfalls on the internet. I believe the majority of the locations are accurate but I can not guarantee that their locations are 100% correct. If you notice any mistakes please let me know.

This map is a work in progress. Over time, more waterfalls are likely to be added, and details about listed waterfalls will be updated.

Important notes:

Do not attempt to reach any waterfall that does not have a designated track unless you are experienced with bushwalking off track in Tasmania.

Please do not take the access notes I have attached to the waterfalls as definitive methods of accessing them. I have attached them in hope that they provide some assistance to waterfall baggers like me, but they shouldn’t be used as instructions.

Some waterfalls that are listed as public property are actually situated on private property, I am currently working on updating this.

Some waterfalls are not included on this list. Their locations have been kept secret for good reason, as they are situated near highly populated areas and if their locations were publicly exposed they could be at a high risk of being over-loved. Secret Falls on kunanyi/Mt Wellington is a perfect example of this happening.

Falls not included on map:

  • Fairy Falls (kunanyi)
  • Fortunate Find Falls
  • Pineapple Falls
  • Swimming Hole Falls
  • Gibson Creek Falls
  • Glorious Falls
  • Coalminers Falls
  • Dovetail Falls
  • Rememberance Falls
  • Skull Rock Falls
  • Untouched Falls
  • Calmful Falls
  • Archangel Falls
  • Concert Creek Falls
  • And many many more…

 

Map key:

Confirmed-Official – Official Name, Public Property, Unvisited

Confirmed-Official-Found – Official Name, Public Property, Visited

Confirmed-Official-Private – Official Name, Private Property, Unvisited

Confirmed-Official-Private-Found – Official Name, Private Property, Visited

Confirmed-Unofficial – Unofficial Name, Public Property, Unvisited

Confirmed-Unofficial-Found – Unofficial Name, Public Property, Visited

Confirmed-Unofficial-Private – Unofficial Name, Private Property, Unvisited

Confirmed-Unofficial-Private-Found – Unofficial Name, Private Property, Unvisited

Unconfirmed-Unofficial – Unofficial Name, Public Property, Existence Unconfirmed

Unconfirmed-Unofficial-Private – Unofficial Name, Private Property, Existence Unconfirmed

Waterfalls on the eastern slopes of Mt Wellington

O’Grady’s Falls

O'Grady's Falls
O’Grady’s Falls

O’Grady’s Falls is probably my favourite waterfall in Wellington Park. It can be easily accessed from many different starting points and is an excellent place to escape from the city below. I have walked past O’Grady’s Falls countless times over the last few weeks when searching for other waterfalls and every time I have to stop for a moment to admire it. O’Grady’s Falls was advertised in the Mercury paper as ‘A Pretty Waterfall near Hobart‘ in 1931 when a large number of walking tracks in Wellington park were opened. These included a track to O’Grady’s Falls from Strickland Avenue, which is now known as the Rivulet Track. A fact about O’Grady’s Falls that I find quite humorous, is that there was once a stall nearby to the falls that offered refreshments on weekends.

Personally I think the most enjoyable way to walk to O’Grady’s Falls is to park at Shoobridge Bend on Pinnacle road and walk down the Betts Vale Track. To get to the falls this way, follow the Shoobridge track from the carpark for about 5 minutes, turn right onto the Circle track and follow it until you come across a small bridge and a sign to your left pointing towards the Betts Vale Track. Follow this track downhill for about 30 minutes until you reach O’Grady’s Falls. This route hugs the Hobart Rivulet for almost the entire journey and allows you to be surrounded by beautiful forest for the entire walk.

Myrtle Gully Falls (turikina truwala)

Myrtle Gully Falls
Myrtle Gully Falls

Myrtle Gully Falls is one of the more well known waterfalls on Mt Wellington, however it isn’t recognised as an official waterfall by the Tasmanian Nomenclature Board. This is odd, as the main drop is about 6 metres in height and the falls can be very impressive in high flow. Myrtle Gully Falls along with Secret Falls can be found only a short walk through damp rainforest from the end of Old Farm Road in South Hobart. The track is very easy walking and appropriate for kids. Myrtle Gully is a great place to visit on a nice day after heavy rain or snow to see two of Mt Wellington’s most picturesque waterfalls.

Secret Falls

Secret Falls is another unofficially named waterfall just downstream from Myrtle Gully Falls on the Guy Fawkes Rivulet. It can be accessed down a small path to the left off of Myrtle Gully Track when walking from Old Farm Road. If the creek is flowing well you will be able to hear it easily from the main track.

Secret Falls is a bit of a misnomer as it is certainly one of the least secret waterfalls in Wellington Park (it is clearly marked on Google Maps as a tourist attraction). Despite this, when visiting this waterfall alone on a calm day it does feel as though you have come across a special, secret place. The mossy, rock cliffs with the thin stream of water flowing out of a small gap between them makes for an immersive, almost fairy tail-esque setting.

I have visited Secret Falls a few times yet for some reason have never taken a photograph.

– Visit Luke O’Brien’s website for some pictures of and some more info on the falls

New Town Falls

New Town Falls
A section of New Town Falls

New Town Falls is quite a large waterfall. However, its size is split up amongst many many drops and it is difficult to say which section is actually the main falls. The picture above is one of the larger drops along the creek between the Lenah Valley Fire Trail and the Lenah Valley Track. LISTmap actually marks two waterfalls along this section, with only one being officially named ‘New Town Falls.’  The lower of these two marked waterfalls is quite difficult to get to the base of however. I believe the drop pictured above is the waterfall marked further upstream on the map, with the most commonly photographed ‘New Town Falls’ (pictured below) lying between these two marked falls.

If I am wrong on this please do not hesitate to correct me.

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What is commonly referred to as New Town Falls

To access New Town Falls, park at the end of Lenah Valley Road and follow the Lenah Valley Fire trail until you reach the signposted Lenah Valley Track turnoff on your right. Follow this for a short while until you reach a ruins site which marks the start of the Old Hobartions Track, to get to New Town Falls, continue on the Lenah Valley Track to the left, crossing a fire trail, until you reach the falls. Once at the Falls, there are rough and steep tracks that lead to the different drops in the waterfall. It is worth spending a lot of time here to fully explore all of the drops and cascades of New Town Falls.

Silver Falls 

Silver Falls
Silver Falls

Not to be confused with the many other waterfalls named Silver Falls in Tasmania, this small waterfall on Browns River is one of the most popular waterfalls on Mt Wellington. Despite the remnants of when Silver Falls was used as a water source, this waterfall is still picturesque and on a not too busy day, quite peaceful. The walk to the Falls begins in Ferntree and follows a flat section of the Pipeline Track all the way to the base of the Falls.

Strickland Falls

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Strickland Falls

Strickland Falls is a small waterfall only a very short distance off of Strickland Avenue in South Hobart. It is situated on Hobart Rivulet, downstream from Betts Vale Falls. The Cascade Brewery once used Strickland Falls as a water intake and ruins from this time still remain. The ruins and it’s closeness to the road doesn’t make Strickland Falls feel like a very wild place, unlike many of the other falls, but is still a pretty waterfall nonetheless.

To access Strickland Falls, drive along Huon Road from Hobart, before turning right onto Strickland Avenue. Once on Strickland Avenue you will soon come across a large bend in the road and a small dirt car park. Park your car here and head about 200m into the bush along the creek right in front of you.

It is possible to walk to O’Grady’s Falls from here by following a steep rough track on your left near the carpark. This track connects to the Rivulet Track and O’Grady’s Falls is a 30 minute walk further up.

Betts Vale Falls

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Betts Vale Falls

Betts Vale Falls is a small waterfall on the Hobart Rivulet that flows underneath a bridge on the Betts Vale Track, about 5 minutes further away from O’Grady’s Falls. This waterfall is rarely photographed and information on these falls is basically non-existent. This is odd considering they are easily found and a quite clear sidetrack off of Betts Vale Track leads directly to the base. Betts Vale Falls is an unofficial name but it is the only name that I am aware of, however the name seems appropriate.

Betts Vale Falls Lower
Small drop below Betts Vale Falls

Betts Vale falls is quite a pretty waterfall, particularly the small drop a tiny bit further downstream, despite the many branches that have fallen over the top of it. This waterfall is well worth a visit if you’re walking to O’Grady’s Falls.

Featherstone Falls

Featherstone Falls
Featherstone Falls

Featherstone Falls is one of the lesser known falls on the eastern slopes of Mt Wellington. However if you know that it exists, directions on how to get there are fairly easy to find. A popular track once led to these falls but it is now very overgrown and nearly impossible to follow, especially with recent flooding. What is left is a maze of tags, with many attached to fallen trees. If you do wish to follow the track, please only do so if you are an experienced walker and are confident in following tagged routes.

Featherstone Falls Lower
Cascades below Featherstone Falls

Compared to some of the other falls, Featherstone Falls has a quite a short drop. But what it lacks in height it makes up for in beauty. It’s fractal-like steps give it a very distinct appearance, and the surrounding almost untouched rainforest and mossy rocks make for a very serene setting.

If you do visit Featherstone Falls, please be careful where you tread for your sake and the environment’s, and try to leave very little trace of your journey. As in order to preserve Featherstone Falls’ beauty, the area around the falls should remain as untouched as possible.

Fairy Falls

This waterfall is an unofficially named waterfall which should not be confused with the falls of the same name in Geeveston. I have only seen two pictures of Fairy Falls, one by John Grist in a document detailing the history of some of the waterfalls on Mt Wellington written by Maria Grist (which is certainly worth a read). And the other from Tasmanian photographer Gary Tew. Both of these are linked to below.

I have attempted to find Fairy Falls multiple times to no avail. However I am now fairly certain that I know the creek it is located on, and it is just a matter of scrambling up a slippery and steep slope to find it. Hopefully I can update this post soon with an image of my own.

Maria Grist’s A brief history of the waterfalls of Mount Wellington

Gary Tew’s Photograph

Update: I found it!

Fairy Falls

Pineapple Falls

Pineapple Falls
Pineapple Falls

This small waterfall is one of Mt Wellington’s best kept secrets. The only knowledge I have of Pineapple Falls is a couple of photographs from other waterfall hunters that have been published online. I had first learned of its existence from photographer Gary Tew’s pictures the morning that I set out to find Fairy Falls and I stumbled upon this waterfall completely by accident on the very same day. I never found Fairy Falls that day, but I wasn’t bothered as finding this waterfall was equally as rewarding. In order to keep this waterfall a secret, I won’t post any information on how to find it, but perhaps you’ll also accidentally stumble across it one day!

Fortunate Find Falls

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Fortunate Find Falls

Of all the waterfalls in Wellington Park, this is the waterfall I could find the least information on. The only proof of its existence is a small set of photos by photographer Gary Tew. I have been aware of it’s existence for a while, however had had no leads on how to find it. So I figured if I spent enough time wandering I would eventually encounter it. And so I did! This waterfall is definitely the most challenging to reach out of all the Wellington Park waterfalls I have attempted to reach so far, with countless fallen trees, slippery rocks and spiderwebs to deal with.

Fortunate Find Falls is an incredibly peaceful location and I certainly felt quite fortunate to come across it.

Upper Strickland Falls

upper strickland falls
Upper Strickland Falls

This lesser known waterfall is not far from Strickland Falls but can be quite treacherous to reach, especially in wet weather. Please only attempt to find it if you are an experienced bushwalker. However this waterfall has one of the best swimming spots I’ve seen on the mountain and is certainly worth searching for if you are capable.

Other cascades and small waterfalls

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Cascades further upstream from Featherstone Falls
Ogrady's Falls Lower
Cascades on Hobart Rivulet

If you’re now inspired to learn more about the waterfalls on Mt Wellington, as well as some of the Mountain’s post-settler history, I recommend giving the paper A Timeline for the Track Network of kunanyi/Mt Wellington by Maria Grist a read.

Thanks for reading!

Balfour Track – 25/07/18

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Sun shining through onto Stephens Rivulet. It is hard to do this scene justice with a picture.

The Balfour Track Forest Reserve is perhaps the most beautiful area of rainforest I have ever walked through. There’s something magical about this place. The combination of the thriving fungi life and the gentle rushing of Stephens Rivulet alongside the track fully immerses you in this incredible forest. The weather on the day I walked through switched between showers and clear skies which only added to the experience, as the occasional sun rays that broke through the roof of the rainforest shone onto the rivulet and lit up the track in front of me.

The Balfour Track is an easy, 2 hour return walk that starts on Blackwater Road C214. The track is a section of an old track that originally continued through to the old township of Balfour. This walk should not be confused with the track a few kilometres north which is also named ‘Balfour Track’ on Google Maps, or the popular 4WD track with the same name.

Driving from Smithton or Arthur River, the road is sealed and in good condition the entire way. The northern entrance of the walk is signposted and there is a fairly large parking area on the opposite side of the road. The track has another access point at the southern end with room to park 1 or 2 cars on Blackwater 6 Road, which is unsealed but at the time of writing looked 2WD accessible, however this road is deteriorating.

From the northern entrance the track has a short, slippery descent down into the rainforest where from this point onwards you follow a fairly straight and level track, which makes for very easy walking. At the bottom of the small hill I was already stopping to photograph fungi, an activity which easily added an extra hour to my trip. Not long after the start of the track I soon come across two creek crossings, one which had a nice wooden bridge and the other which once had a log bridge that was unfortunately washed about 60 degrees to the left so that it now leads directly into the middle of the creek. It was an easy jump across this creek though, but I soon realised once across that it might not be so easy on the way back… But oh well, onwards for now.

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Stephens Rivulet

The track continues to follow Stephens Rivulet and there are a few points where you can stop and admire the sun poking through the treetops onto the water. I eventually came across a big pile up of small trees that had fallen over the track. This pileup was rather dense but I managed to climb through with some difficulty. I continued onwards, stopping every few minutes to photograph fungi, my favourite being a small green fungus growing on a fallen tree that looked like a smiling frog!

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The Smiling Frog Fungus! If anyone knows what type of fungus this is please let me know.

 

The track continued fairly flat with only a few ups and downs until I reached a large tree that had fallen over onto the track. I clambered over the tree and realised once on the other side that there was quite an easy way to go around it instead…

Not long after this tree, I walked out onto Blackwater 6 Road, which is the southern entry point for the Balfour Track. I wasn’t quite finished with walking at this point and as the rain seemed to had stopped for a while, I decided to head up Blackwater 6. I followed the spur uphill until I reached a large open muddy area to the right and a warning sign about an apiary site to the left. Now with the disturbing image of being attacked by a swarm of bees in the rainforest filling my mind, I headed further along the road, where clearly no vehicle had gone in a long time. The road very soon reached a fork, with a pink tag attached to a tree in the middle.

I decided I would wander down the left path, but I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to continue after a point where the overgrowth became very dense. So I backtracked and headed down the right, only to find this road was similarly overgrown. However on the right path, a few pink tags led off to the right into the forest, which I followed for a short distance until no further tags could be seen.

I now know from that the path to the left is a trail described in Phill Pullinger’s Tarkine Trails book, however what lies at the end of the right path, or the marked route off the right of it remains a mystery. Attempting to follow any of these routes would require some good navigation skills as well as a GPS and map, as it is incredibly easy to get lost in dense rainforest like this.

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More fungi

I decided to head back and save exploring for a later day. Walking back was a much faster journey as I wasn’t stopping to photograph any more fungi. This time I walked around the large tree and crawled back through the pile of fallen trees until I reached the creek crossing I had quickly forgotten about and attempted the jump back, only to just miss and land in the murky water to discover the hard way that this creek was waist deep…

I climbed out, thankful that my phone was in my jacket pocket and that I had polyester pants on. I soon reached my car.

After this I drove further along Blackwater Road and onto Sumac Road to the Julius River picnic area, where I had lunch, before driving further onto the Lake Chisholm Forest Reserve. Lake Chisholm is a limestone sinkhole that filled with water over time. The lake is protected from all sides by forest and there are no streams running in or out of it. Because of this, it often sits perfectly still, making for some impressive reflections.

The weather was clear the entire time since leaving Balfour Track, only to pour down as soon as I pulled into the Lake Chisholm carpark. I decided to wait out the rain and it soon cleared up again so I grabbed my camera and headed along the short, clear cut track.  The stillness of the lake and ambience of the forest made for a very peaceful atmosphere. You could easily spend hours here absorbing and admiring the beauty of this place.

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Lake Chisholm
Lake Chisholm Tasmania
Forest at Lake Chisholm shore

The Balfour Track and Lake Chisholm walk are two accessible introductions to the beauty of the Tarkine. And given that there are countless areas of native forest that have been heavily logged all around this area, doing these walks are a great way to see just how threatened the Tarkine is and exactly why it needs to be protected.

There’s much more to be explored in this area and I’m sure I will be returning soon.

To reach the Northern entrance to the Balfour Track Follow Trowutta Road out of Smithton before turning right onto Roger River road which eventually becomes Sumac Road. When you cross the Kanunnah Bridge, turn right onto Blackwater road and approximately 4.6km’s from here you will see a large parking area to your right and the entrance to the track on your left. The Lake Chisholm Forest Reserve is a left turn from Kanunnah Bridge, following Sumac Road for 12km’s before turning left at the signposted Lake Chisholm Road and following it to the carpark.