Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service rate the St Columba Waterfall as a grade 2 walk: no bushwalking experience required; walking on a solid track surface with maybe some gentle slopes or occasional steps involved. It’s widely regarded as a 20-30 minute return walk… a 600m downhill stroll from the carpark will see you on the viewing platform at the base of the waterfall.
Tasmanian Falls: St Columba Waterfall
Photos by Dan Fellow
If the walk sounds like too much exertion, you can see (and even photograph!) the impressive falls right from the car park. There’s a small picnic area provided; that’s convenient for those arriving at the St Columba waterfall after a visit to the nearby Pyengana Dairy factory outlet. Cheese and bikkies by a waterfall… nice one!
The St Columba Falls State Reserve is a picturesque 25km drive to the west of St Helens, on the east coast of Tasmania. Locals proudly claim their beloved waterfall to be the most beautiful in the state. That’s open to conjecture, so we won’t make any bold statements about that here. It is definitely one of Tasmania’s highest, multi-tiered waterfalls standing at more than 90 metres.
Georges River Feeds the Falls
Water from the Georges River catchment area cascades over ledges of granite. The waterfall is a pleasant tourist attraction all year round. The creek feeding the falls rarely runs dry, even during the summer months.
The track down to the St Columba waterfall leads visitors through cool temperate rainforests. The canopy comprises giant tree-ferns, myrtles and sassafras. To reach the viewing platform at the bottom of the falls, hikers must walk across the bridge spanning the creek.
All the outdoor fun and adventure will probably make you hungry, or at the very least, thirsty. Besides the Pyengana Dairy, the Pub in the Paddock is a stone’s throw away. After a few refreshments, you might like to tackle Ralphs Falls as well.
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