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Ultimate Guide to Waterfalls of Southern Tasmania

Waterfalls of Southern lutruwita/Tasmania

Southern Tasmania is home to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Australia, from Russell Falls in Mount Field to Secret Falls tucked away in kunanyi/Mt Wellington’s foothills.

Your Guide to discovering some of the most spectacular waterfalls of southern Tasmania.

Russell Falls. Image Credit: Jason Charles Hill
Russell Falls. Image Credit: Jason Charles Hill

Hobart and Beyond have hand-picked our favourite wet and wild waterfalls for you to visit.

Hobart & Surrounds

You don’t need to roam too far from Hobart to get your waterfall fix – there are plenty of beauties to fall for on and around the foothills of kunanyi / Mt Wellington.

Secret Falls. Image Credit: timfromtasmania
Secret Falls. Image Credit: timfromtasmania

1. Off Strickland Avenue in South Hobart, a short walk will take you to the popular Strickland Falls (map), a small waterfall on the Hobart Rivulet.

2. Nearby, you’ll find the pretty Myrtle Gully Falls (map) behind the historic Cascade Brewery, which is, appropriately, a series of cascades!

3. About 10 minutes into the short walk along the Myrtle Gully Track, have a little sniff around for Hobart’s worst kept secret, Secret Falls (map) (if it’s not signposted, does it really exist?).

4. At Fern Tree, a short walk along the Bracken Lane Fire Trail takes you past a top-notch view of the Organ Pipes to the beautiful O’Gradys Falls (map) (alternatively, access it from the Betts Vale Track). A bridge across the Rivulet, directly facing the waterfall, offers the best views!

5. From O’Gradys Falls, 15 more minutes of walking will deliver you to the very pretty Featherstone Falls.

6. Another good one at Fern Tree is Silver Falls (map). The track is a short and enjoyable stroll in the shade of lush eucalypts and ferns, beginning opposite the Fern Tree Tavern.

Wellington Falls. Image Credit: @djanglepics
Wellington Falls. Image Credit: @djanglepics

7. For something longer, trek out to witness the impressive Wellington Falls (map) cascade down onto the North West Bay River (5hrs/16km return).

8. Out in the suburbs, New Town Falls (map) (90 mins / 3km return) is a multi-tiered waterfall that can be accessed from the Lenah Valley Track (your calves will get a workout).

9. Near Collinsvale, a short meandering steadily uphill will take you to the lovely tiered Myrtle Forest Falls (map).

Snug Falls. Image Credit: Jess Bonde
Myrtle Gully Falls. Image Credit: @0dansmith
Tarraleah Falls. Image Credit: Stu Gibson
Horseshoe Falls. Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Lee Henley
Horseshoe Falls. Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Lee Henley

Derwent Valley & Central Highlands

This picturesque region of rolling hills and distant peaks is home to some superstar waterfalls. The Mount Field National Park is a must-visit!

10. The star attraction is Russell Falls (map), one of the state’s most treasured places – it was even featured on a postage stamp to promote tourism way back in 1899! The track is an easy short circuit, and glow worms can even be seen among the vegetation at night (turn your torches off).

11. Continue along from Russell Falls (up a lot of steps) to find the magical Horseshoe Falls (map).

12. To get eyes on a third waterfall in Mt Field National Park, spend an enjoyable two hours walking the Lady Barron Falls Circuit (map).

13. Near the township of Tyenna, take the lovely short walk to Marriotts Falls (map), wandering through groves of tree ferns and immense swamp gums, the tallest flowering plants on earth.

14. The secluded Adams Falls (map) cascades into Lake Gordon at Adams Bay. These falls are a hidden gem – access is via kayak or a locked Forestry Tasmania track (keys are available via the Mt Field National Park Visitor Centre).

15. In the Central Highlands, cross the big pipes and take the short and sweet Tarraleah Falls Track through lush bush to the impressive Tarraleah Falls (map) (officially called Wilson Falls, but they usually put ‘Tarraleah Falls’ as their preferred name when filling out forms).

Marriott's Falls. Image Credit: @janeytravelstheworld
Marriott's Falls. Image Credit: @janeytravelstheworld
Russell Falls. Image Credit: travellers_three
Russell Falls. Image Credit: travellers_three
Adamsons Falls. Image Credit: duckie.jpeg

It goes without saying that the waterfalls are most impressive after rain, but be careful, as tracks can get muddy and slippery.

Please note, any waterfalls situated within Tasmanian National Parks require a Parks Pass.

Snug Falls. Image Credit: @jknibbsphoto
Snug Falls. Image Credit: @jknibbsphoto

The South

The South incorporates the Channel, Bruny Island, the Huon Valley, and the Far South, and is home to some of our favourite waterfalls.

16. If you haven’t been to Snug Falls (pdf) (map), grab the family and the dog and spend an hour adventuring through the bush to the magical fern-lined gully beneath the impressive waterfall.
17. Near Judbury, a pleasant short walk through some very tall trees and rainforest will take you to Billy Brown Falls (map), which hypnotically cascade down into a rocky pool.
18 & 19. For a longer walk, the track to Pelverata Falls (map) (2hrs/6km return) will reward you with a spectacular 114m high waterfall (along the way, keep an eye out for a glimpse of Slippery Falls on a distant hill).
20. In the Southwest National Park, check out the impressive Adamsons Falls (map) near Dover (3hrs/6.5km return).
21. In the Hartz Mountains National Park, an easy short walk past the Arve River picnic area will take you to the lovely Arve Falls (map).

Arve Falls, Hartz Mountains National Park. Image Credit: Stu Gibson
Arve Falls, Hartz Mountains National Park. Image Credit: Stu Gibson
Russell Falls. Image Credit: Dearna Bond
Russell Falls. Image Credit: Dearna Bond
Russell Falls. Image Credit: Places We Go
Russell Falls. Image Credit: Places We Go

Tasman Region

If you’re after that wow factor, the Tasman Peninsula won’t disappoint.

22. Home to some of the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, the impressive Waterfall Bay Track offers spectacular views and is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks (1-1.5hrs return / 1.7km one way). Gaze in awe across the cliff-lined bay to a waterfall that, after rainfall, plummets dramatically over a cliff into the sea.

23 & 24. Along the way, you’ll come across the pretty Camp Falls and Shower Falls, which are part of the same creek.

Waterfall Bay. Image Credit: @camblakephotography


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