Last month we had the opportunity the explore beautiful Tasmania and among the several natural attractions we visited some of the wildest waterfall we’ve ever seen.
Hidden in the deep rainforest, far from urbanisation and included within the protected boundaries of National Parks, waterfalls in Tasmania are nothing short of concealed gems.
In this post we list 5 of the best waterfalls in Tasmania and how to reach them.
READ ALSO: TASMANIA 2 WEEK ITINERARY GUIDE
1. DIP FALLS
Dip Falls are located in the north west of Tasmania, a couple of hours by car from Devonport or from Cradle Mountain.
The overall drop over the two levels of the waterfalls measures roughly 30 metres, however the peculiarity of this place is the surface where the falls flow on. We are talking about cubic-basalt formed rocks, originated from magma which became solid quickly when reacting with air or water.
Dip Falls are relatively easy to get to. You can either choose whether to follow the easy path to the base of the waterfalls, the one to the top, or both.
2. MONTEZUMA FALLS
Travelling towards the west coast of the island along the A10 highway leading to Zeehan, you’ll find the track to the Montezuma Falls, the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania with an impressive 104-metre-drop!
The 4-km-hike requires 3 hours return, but the ascent is not too hard. You’ll be left speechless in front of the massive drop of Montezuma Falls, which do justice to the powerful Aztec emperor whom they are named after.
If you are visiting these waterfalls in winter season or after a heavy rain, be sure that it will take just a few seconds for you to be completely soaked by the fresh water coming up from the impetuous drop.
3. NELSON FALLS
A peaceful stroll starting from Lyell Highway, not fat from Queenstown, allows travellers to walk up the stream all the way to the gorgeous Nelson Falls. Here the lush rainforest is home to a variety of myrtle trees, sassafras and ferns.
The boardwalk leading to Nelson Falls is roughly 800 metres long. It takes less than 20 minutes to enjoy this nice short excursion in the heart of Tasmania.
4. RUSSELL FALLS
Among the waterfalls we list in this post, Russell Falls are definitely the easiest to reach and therefore the most popular. But this doesn’t mean they’re less beautiful, in fact it’s quite the opposite! They spread across three levels as wide as a huge staircase, one photography alone can’t do justice to the beauty of this place.
Russell Falls are easily accessible via a short walk from the visitor centre at Mount Field National Park, one hour drive from Hobart.
Keep your eyes open on the stream running next to the path as you might spot the elusive platypus!
Besides, if you spend the night at the camping area by the National Park, we strongly recommend to come back here in the dark to see the incredible glow worms, tiny organisms able to sparkle at night thanks to bioluminescence.
5. HORSESHOE FALLS
Since you’re already within Mount Field National Park, don’t miss the chance to visit two waterfalls in one go. As a matter of fact Horseshoe Falls lies just a bit more up of Russell Falls.
The boardwalk leading up to Horseshoe Falls takes about half an hour of fairly easy hiking, with some stairs shielded by railings. You can also admire the upper levels of Russell Falls while heading up.
As one can deduce by their name, the waterfalls remind the shape of a horseshoe, which can be particularly appreciated after a copious rain filling the space with water.
If you aren’t satisfied yet, complete the 6-km-loop around Mount Field NP to include a third waterfall, Lady Barron Falls.
You are now officially ready to explore some of the best waterfalls in Tasmania. Don’t forget sturdy shoes, supplies of drinking water and a raincoat in case of bad weather.
You can read more about Tasmania in our related blog posts:
TASMANIA 2 WEEK ITINERARY GUIDE
WHAT TO SEE IN HOBART, CAPITAL OF TASMANIA
BEST STAYS IN TASMANIA
- You can book all accommodation in Tasmania with free cancellation here.
- Cradle Mountain Discovery Parks: Don’t miss the chance to sleep within the boundaries of Cradle Mountain NP, at walking distance from the park’s visitor centre and free shuttle bus stop. Book here for camp sites.
- Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel: stay in the wilderness, halfway between Strahan and Hobart. Support this beautiful family run hotel, they offer great food too!
- Macq 01 Hotel Hobart: perfect waterfront location in the centre of Hobart, cityview and superior seaview rooms.
- Tasmania Parks overnight camping: browse here to book your camping in any National Park in Tassie.
HOW TO GET AROUND?
- A car is a must in Tasmania, take advantage of the ferry to bring yours. Alternatively, rent a private car to be free to reach any place in Tassie. The cheapest options start from 39€/day, and fuel in Australia is less than 1€ per litre! (1.50AUD).
- Check your best rental car options in Australia here.
- Tours: Gordon River Cruises, Strahan. Starting at 140$ for a 6-hour tour. West Coast Wilderness Railway, departing both Queenstown and Strahan, prices from 115$ for a 4-hour tour. Pennycott Wilderness Journeys, boat trips around Hobart and Freycinet, 140$, 3-hour tour.
- Airplane: daily flights to Hobart, Launceston from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide. 1h15min from Melbourne.
- Ship: Spirit of Tasmania ferry. 8-9 hour crossing. Night sailings year round, plus day sailings on weekends and September to April. Fares from 200$ pp, vehicles 99$.
WEATHER&SEASONS – WHEN TO GO TO TASMANIA?
Tasmania does get really cold in winter, snowfalls are common too. Australian summer months (nov-mar) are the warmest and ideal time to visit, although it might be crowded. Avoid school holidays time in December and January if possible. The average temperature will be around 15°C, but we did get 3-4°C at night at Cradle Mountain in early February. Wind is often blowing and it’s rare to get a full day of clear sky or a whole rainy day. Bring a raincoat, sturdy shoes and some warm clothes for the evenings.
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