I’ve never been one of those hikers where reaching the top of a hill or mountain was the inspiration for lacing up my boots.
Yes I reached the summit of Africa’s mighty Kilimanjaro, though I haven’t climbed a mountain purely for the sake of it since. Now, give me a waterfall to look forward to and I’m game for whatever walk it takes.
Thankfully, living in Tasmania means I have well over 200 waterfalls to choose from that are scattered all across this wild and rugged island state.
While they may not be as massive or notable as Iguazu, Niagara, or Victoria Falls; the many cascades of Tasmania can be enjoyed in peace without the mass attention and tourism more popular waterfalls are flooded with.
Many of Tasmania’s most loved waterfalls are easily accessible and can be reached by short easy hikes. Others require a bit more stamina and navigation to reach, while some are just plain secretive and a bit of a challenge to experience.
Here are the top falls you’re sure to fall in love with.
Waterfalls to Visit in Tasmania
Located in Tasmania’s north, Liffey Falls is one of the state’s most beautiful.
Roughly 30km south of Deloraine, Liffey Falls is best accessed by parking at the Upper Liffey Falls Picnic Area. From here, a well maintained natural path takes you under a canopy of tree ferns and passed several smaller beautiful cascades before the main attraction about a 45 minute hike down the path.
There are a number of observation platforms that allow for great photography of the falls and spots where you can access the rocks and river for a different perspective.
An hour and a half walk downstream from the carpark is a campground where you can witness massive 50m tall Eucalyptus trees via a short path leading from the toilet block back at the main upper car park.
Keep an eye out for the adorable pink robins and possibly even a quoll or Tasmanian devil.
Video From Liffey Falls
Located 90 minutes south of Burnie on Tasmania’s west coast, you’ll find the island’s tallest waterfall. Measuring in at over 100m tall, the falls require a hike that takes about 3 hours return.
The falls were named after the local Montezuma Silver Mining Company, the name Montezuma most likely being named after the emperor of the Aztecs in Mexico who were known for their riches of gold and silver.
Access to the falls is off Murchison Highway near Rosebery. The walk to the falls includes a really cool old tram road through the rainforest as well as a suspension bridge.
One of Tasmania’s most beautiful walks if you ask me and relatively flat going. Avoid drinking the water as thirsty as you may be, since it has been contaminated from historic mining. Avoid swimming as well.
Competing against Liffey for Tasmania’s prettiest waterfall is Russell Falls. You’ll find the falls in Mt Field National Park about an hour outside Hobart.
In addition to being one of Tassie’s top waterfalls, it is also one of the easiest to see. An easily managed 20 minute walking circuit allows even small children and older visitors to take in these truly stunning falls.
For added excitement, a visit during the night allows you to experience the magical glow worms. Simply turn off your flashlight and use the guard rail to guide you along the approach to the falls to see countless twinkling lights.
If you have extra time, extend your hike to take in Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and the Tall Trees Walk which are all found within the park.
Image: JJ Harrison (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons
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Bridal Veil Falls
If you plan on checking out Cradle Mountain on your Tassie adventure, think about spending a day at the Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat about 30 minutes before you reach the National Park.
The Lodge is located in Moina and offers the chance to be surrounded by bushland filled with semi-tame wildlife such as pademelons, possums, and echidnas. The best part of staying here is having easy access to several great waterfalls.
The single drop Bridal Veil Falls along with Champagne Falls can be seen by taking the trail leading from the lodge. The 2.5 hour roundtrip hike forces you to go up some steep grades, so be prepared to huff and puff a bit (or maybe I was just out of shape!).
Nelson Falls & Hogarth Falls
If you’re head way over to the island’s west coast to take in Strahan and Queenstown, there are two must see waterfalls to make time for.
Nelson Falls are located 30km east of Queenstown on the Lyell Highway. No need to even put on hiking boots for this easy walk, as it is just 700m away from the parking area.
After exploring all the must see attractions in Strahan including the Gordon River Cruise, West Coast Wilderness Railway, and always windswept Ocean Beach, check out Hogarth Falls.
Although the falls aren’t overly impressive, the 1 hour return walk is quite scenic as you cut through the rainforest. Note that the trails can be quite wet so wear waterproof shoes. Access the falls via the trail beginning at People’s Park.
Image: JJ Harrison (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons
Other Notable Tasmanian Waterfalls
Burnie: Guide Falls are just a short drive south from the city. Check out the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden for a lovely walk as well.
Deloraine: Meander Falls is 30 minutes south of the lovely town if you’re looking for an alternative to Liffey Falls.
Cradle Mountain: Pencil Pine Falls are very easy to reach, located just a short stroll from the visitor centre. You can also take in the Rainforest Walk and Enchanted Walk, both just steps away.
Best Time to See Waterfalls in Tasmania
The best time to go chasing waterfalls in Tasmania is June – October when maximum rainfalls sees them at their fullest.
Winter is June, July and August, and while reasonably cold (remember to rug up), waterfalls around the State are most impressive at this time of year.
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These waterfalls are just, just, breathtaking.
Didn’t know Tazmania had that many waterfalls.
Might head to Aust sometime soon, not fixed yet……..
Love your blog tho, esp the content.
Thanks Rumah, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! I hope you do have the opportunity to visit Tasmania soon :)
200 waterfalls is amazing Meg. You live in paradise. On the list for sure. We will be there.
We do indeed :D! Let us know when you’re able to swing through :)
Yes it is great being at such a beautiful place With all the dancing waters their are sufficient to inspire some one from his sole.I myself being from Kashmir India do also enjoy The delicate fregnance of Kashmir valley’s valleylets they all will leav you astonished.
Kashmir also known as janatie bainazeer(paradise on earth)is filled with natursl charms its stunning scenic wonder,biosphere reserves quit famous for its lush alpine medows,bluepines ,and wildlife which includes musk deer,leopard,red fox,hangul(Kashmir is tag)himalian brown bear ,snow leopard and many more.
Kashmir sounds absolutely incredible, thankyou for sharing with us. I’ll have to put it on my list and hopefully will have the chance to travel soon. So glad you enjoyed our post!
Thank you for providing these details.
You’re welcome Rohit, glad you enjoyed the post :)
I love waterfalls. Their sound is amazing. And they all look wonderful. I’d love to be able to see up close Liffey Falls and Russel Falls. :)
You’ll love Tasmania then Lori, there are so many fabulous falls to choose from! I hope you have the chance to visit soon :)
Those waterfalls look amazing <3 I really want to visit Tasmania to see those beautiful sights!
I hope you have the chance to visit soon :)
I’ll confess to being a bit of a waterfall nut. :-)
You’ll LOVE Tasmania then!
Amazing job! Love it ?
Thanks Sophie! We moved here last year so I’m trying to scamper around as many waterfalls as I can :D
@MegJerrard there are plenty to see and so much fun to photograph!
Glad you enjoyed the post! What’s your favorite?
I can’t quite decide yet. I have visited several around Tasmania. Usually taking foreign visitors because I am multilingual. Hoping to visit more.
Thank you for info around each fall, some of whom I still need to visit.
Hope you have the chance to visit more of them soon :)
One I really want to do is Montezuma. Trying to find a willing friend to accompany me. Hope to do it this summer.
Montezuma is stunning :) You’ll have a fab time!
Have you been to Meander falls yet? If not we should plan a walk.
Mike has but I haven’t, definitely up for a walk at some point :)
I was just happy to photograph the summit of Africa’s mighty Kilimanjaro – so now you want me to go to Tassie to see waterfalls?
Exactly :D A constant source of inspiration! How was Kilimanjaro? X
Mt Kilimanjaro was pretty special.
Thus far, my favorite country for waterfalls is Iceland.
True! Iceland has some incredible falls :)
I’ve seen some amazing shots of falls in Guyana too. It’s on the list!
I haven’t been yet I’ll Google Guyana now :D