Waterfalls of North West Tasmania


Arms River Falls
The Falls are a 10 minute walk from the Forest Education Centre just off the Mersey Forest Road, south of Lake Parangana.
Location: via Arm River Track off Maggs Road, which provides access to Mt. Pillinger and Lake Ayr on the Overland Track.


Westmoreland Falls
Lobster, Montana and Westmoreland Falls are all in the Mole Creek limestone cave area on the Mersey River. Several waterfalls and pools are enclosed by 100 metre cliffs. Spot the freshwater lobster.
Location: Westmoreland Track off Wet Caves Road near Mole Creek.


Split Rock and Shower Cave Falls
The Split Rock track commences at the Meander Falls car park. There is a suspension bridge across the Meander River, a hundred metres from the car park. From here, a very steep track leads up to Split Rock, about a 45 minute walk. At Split Rock a track branches to the left to Shower Cave Falls and Split Rock Falls.
Location: Meander Falls Road, Meander, south of Deloraine.


Dip Falls
Unusual falls where 152 steep steps descend to the bottom of the cubic-basalt formed falls. These falls are very picturesque, particularly during the winter months. The track to the accessible viewing platform is beyond the falls.
Location: 10kms east of the Stanley turn off, head south to the Dip River Forest reserve.


Pencil Pine and Knyvet Falls
Pencil Pine is a very attractive falls, a mere 100 metres downstream from the bridge, at the entrance to the Cradle Mountain National Park. Further down Pencil Pine Creek, is Knyvet Falls, a small fall of possibly 5 metres or less. A short stroll of about 30 minutes return, can take in both falls. Just follow the nature track.
Location: off Cradle Mountain Development Road, Middlesex, Tas.


Forth Falls
The moderate walk to Forth Falls, about 3km from Wilmot, is through native bush and starts at the Garden Cafe. The walk takes 30 minutes to the Lower Falls and 40 minutes to the Upper Falls, returning via the cafe.
Location: the walk to the falls starts near the visitor centre just inside the Cradle Mountain National Park, 3km from Wilmot.

Bridal Veil Falls
These falls are one of two lovely waterfalls at Moina, near Cradle Valley. The falls tumble 15-20m into Bulls Creek and when flowing well, look like a rectangular curtain of water. In lower flows, the wall of water becomes columnar strands draping the underlying rock wall. Combining this waterfall with Champagne Falls, below, makes for an excellent half day walk.
Location: near Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat at Moina, near Cradle Valley section of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Tas.


Meander Falls
A one hour drive from Launceston or Devonport is the start of the popular Meander Falls Walk. The falls are in two distinct tiers as they drop through a rocky chasm. The best time to visit is following snow or frost in winter, when sections of the falls can freeze and form large icicles. This 5-6 hour walk is very popular.
Location: off Meander Falls Road, Meander, south of Deloraine, Tas.


Detention Falls
At the end of a 10 minute bushland walk through the Detention Falls Conservation Area is an excellent viewing platform high above the river. The picturesque falls are at full capacity in winter.
Location: 9kms south of Sisters Creek on the C229, just beyond Myalla.


Dodd's Creek Falls (Beckett's Falls)
A 1.2 kms return walk leads to these small but attractive falls. The falls are sometimes referred to as the Wes Beckett Falls, after a well-liked, long time chief forester at Smithton.
Location: Wes Beckett Reserve, 61 kms south of Smithton via Mount Bertha Road.


Philosophers Falls
Previously closed to the public, the track has recently been upgraded and leads to a viewing platform near the falls. Good fitness is required as the downhill gravel walk takes 40 minutes each way and descends 240 timber steps. Well worth the effort, it is well signposted from the turnoff at the road and impossible to become lost.
Location: the upper reaches of the Arthur River, 10km from Waratah.


Guide Falls
An easy walking track leads from a picnic area just south of Burnie, near Ridgley, to the base of the two-tiered falls. The road continues to the top of the falls and the viewing platform. Barbecues with picnic tables are located at both the top and bottom of the falls. There are many falls in the Ridgley area and a few kilometres further on, are the Sanderson Falls and St Georges Falls.
Location: Guide Road, West Ridgley, Tas

Liffey Falls
Access is down a steep narrow road to a large, secluded picnic area with information booth, picnic shelters, gas barbecues and disabled access toilets. The 40 minute return walk through wet eucalypt forest and tall ferns has viewing points for the upper falls and cascades. A steep descent allows access to the base of the Western Tiers' most well known and majestic falls.
Location: off the Lake Highway along Riversdale Road



Champagne Falls
Take the track past the manager's residence of Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat, as previously mentioned, for Bridal Veil Falls, and follow the signs to Champagne Falls. The 15m high falls are in a shady area of Bulls Creek. Allow 3 hours to comfortably take in both waterfalls.
Location: near Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat at Moina, near Cradle Valley section of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Tas.


Prestons Falls
Preston Falls is a tall and slender 25m high waterfall which plunges over an alcove into the shady depths of the gorge. It is a short walk down steps to the overlooking platform.
Location: 15 minute drive from Ulverstone via Gunns Plains.

Enchanted Falls
The appropriately named Enchanted Falls is a beautiful little cascading waterfall, deep in the forest and easily viewed from the bridge on the walk from the Cradle Mountain National Park.
Location: the walk to the falls starts near the visitor centre just inside the Cradle Mountain National Park, 3km from Wilmot.


Tarkine Falls
There are several spectacular and little known waterfalls within the Tarkine rainforests, in the far north west, including Panorama Falls, McGowan's Falls and the Tarkine Falls. These falls are in remote locations, we recommend joining an organised tour, accompanied by experienced guides, to visit them.


Winterbrook Falls
Access is via a 5 to 6 hour walk follows the footsteps of the early timber fellers. The walk passes through swampy areas and various types of rainforest, before finally reaching alpine vegetation near the falls, which can be spectacular in winter.
Location: south of Nietta at the northern end of Black Bluff Range, and close to the Leven Canyon.

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