Why mention Tasmanian waterfalls? Inspiration this morning came from the friendly team at the Southern Design Centre in Geeveston. They mentioned on Facebook that Arve Falls would be spectacular after good rains. A great spin on a rather wet week, and I think they’re spot on. If it is going to rain a bit, why not focus on the positives? At least we haven’t been completely devastated like the poor folk in Queensland.
Far South: Tasmanian Waterfalls
Arve Falls are beautiful, as we mentioned in our Tasmanian Adventure article about the Tahune Forest AirWalk. Part of the Hartz Mountains National Park in the Far South* of Tasmania, you can walk through alpine woodland having only a moderate level of fitness. One of the easiest to access from the choice of Tasmanian waterfalls, the walk is leisurely and follows the Arve River. Signage outlines the significance of the vegetation and landscape.
There’s also Lake Osborne, a picturesque glacial lake nearby, which has a well-defined pathway and boardwalk. With only a gentle incline to navigate, children can easily manage the 40 minute return journey. Walkers can learn from signs about the formation of the landscape, ice ages and the effects of fire on the vegetation.
The path winds through immature rainforest trees of myrtle and sassafras; through the moorland of the Hartz Plateau; and then on to an icy Lake Osborne edged by King Billy pines. Large rocks (called Devils Marbles) were lodged on the plateau by ancient glaciers and make another bold statement in the environment.
Tasmanian Waterfalls: Weather Channel
Also south of Hobart, this time in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel* region, walkers looking to experience a Tasmanian waterfall can choose Snug Falls. Bush-walking guides grade the walk as easy, and the path does have a sturdy surface, but… Viewing a waterfall usually involves both a walk up AND a walk down to complete a round trip. At Snug Falls, you enjoy the descent first: through the forest to the enchanting and secluded rock pools. You then face an uphill return to the car park!
One more point I would make about visiting the Snug Falls: the signage to the recreation area is not that brilliant. Snug Tiers Road intersects the main Channel Highway in the township of Snug, and can easily be missed. Once on the right road though, you can’t go wrong. A narrow, gravel track leads right to the entrance, and has passing bays to negotiate oncoming traffic. And it’s definitely worth taking the effort to find.
* Falling within the tourism zone of Hobart and Surrounds is an area promoted as the Huon Trail. In turn, this region at the southern end of the state, is divided into four main categories: D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Bruny Island, Huon Valley & Far South
Full of Falls: Mount Field National Park
Still within day-trip distance of Hobart, but to the north-west of the Tasmanian capital, is another option. Mt Field National Park via New Norfolk actually has several waterfalls, the most famous being Russell Falls. Horseshoe Falls can be accessed from the same track. You can reach the Lady Barron waterfall from a different path leading from the Mt Field Visitor Centre. Including a stroll through the magnificent swamp gums of the Tall Trees Walk is a good idea, making the most of your national park pass (purchase required) and the great outdoors.
Only a few of the fabulous Tasmanian waterfalls are mentioned here obviously, and we know there’s lots more. Just offering a little incentive to get out and get amongst it, despite (or perhaps because of) the rain. Judging by the amount of spectators at the Trevallyn Dam watching the South Esk River flood over the wall, we’re not the only ones fascinated by nature’s moods.
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