Guide Falls

Braddon Division / Ridgley / near Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Guide Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Guide Falls was one of the more satisfying waterfalls of trip to Tasmania in November 2006. Even though we happened to see it pretty low flow, it was said to have year-round flow. That said, I'm sure the best times would be in the Winter and Spring when the area would get most of its precipitation. Our experience reflected more of a Summertime flow even though we were here in the late Spring, yet as you can see from the photo above, we were still able to see segmented strands of the Guide Creek spanning most of the breadth of the rock walls that would give the waterfall its shape. In addition to its block-type appearance, we also noticed there were smaller tiers further upstream as well as further downstream of the main drop.

The infrastructure surrounding this waterfall (i.e. picnic tables, benches, railings, developed walking track, etc.) meant that this was indeed a popular place. Julie and I took advantage of the short walking paths that allowed us to experience the waterfall from the lookout platform above the gorge as well as within the short gorge itself after descending some stairs that took us to the bottom. We explored a little further downstream within the gorge where we saw wildflowers blossoming near the base of the falls. There was also a smaller cascade further downstream.

It looked like we could have kept going further downstream as the track kept going. I'd imagine that conceivably we could have walked all the way to the Alpaca Park, which we noticed on the way up to the car park. We didn't prolong our stay long enough to check out that park. Alpaca, by the way, were similar to llamas or guanacos or yaks in that they were taller than sheep but were grazers that also yielded wool or other things that would be useful for fabrics.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Context of the top two tiers of Guide Falls before the Guide Creek twists and flows further downstream in its narrow gorgeContext of the top two tiers of Guide Falls before the Guide Creek twists and flows further downstream in its narrow gorge
Looking upstream towards the base of Guide Falls from inside its small gorge with some flowers in bloomLooking upstream towards the base of Guide Falls from inside its small gorge with some flowers in bloom
Not far from Guide Falls towards the northern coast of Tassie was the seaside town of BurnieNot far from Guide Falls towards the northern coast of Tassie was the seaside town of Burnie
Embarking on the short walk to Guide FallsEmbarking on the short walk to Guide Falls

Me approaching the overlook of Guide FallsMe approaching the overlook of the falls

Looking down at the profile of the main tier of Guide FallsLooking down at the profile of the main tier of the falls

Looking directly at the top two tiers of Guide Falls from the overlookLooking directly at the top two tiers of the falls from the overlook

Closer look at the base of Guide FallsCloser look at the base of Guide Falls

View from the base of Guide FallsView from the base of the waterfall

Julie checking out Guide Falls from within the gorgeJulie checking out the falls from within the gorge

As Julie and I explored a little further downstream, we saw this small cascade though it seemed like it was far narrower than what it would normally beAs Julie and I explored a little further downstream, we saw this small cascade though it seemed like it was far narrower than what it would normally be

One of a handful of picnic tables near the main lookout for Guide Falls illustrating that this was also a nice place for a picnicOne of a handful of picnic tables near the main lookout for the falls illustrating that this was also a nice place for a picnic


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Devonport, we drove west along the Bass Hwy (Hwy 1) for about 46km into the town of Burnie passing through the towns of Ulverstone, Penguin, and Heybridge along the way. We then left the Bass Hwy and turned left at its intersection with Mount St (B18). Going south on Mount St, it eventually joined with the Ridgley Hwy (about 4.3km from the Bass Hwy exit though still on B18). Keeping right to go onto the highway, we followed this road for about 9.5km through the town of Ridgley where we then turned right onto West Ridgley Rd (signs also indicated to turn here for Guide Falls and Alpaca Park).

After about 2.3km on West Ridgley Rd, we made another left turn to the car park for the falls. Overall, it was about 15km from the Burnie town centre.

To provide you with some context, Devonport was 102km (over an hour drive) north of Launceston and 282km (nearly 3.5 hours drive) north of Hobart.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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