Liffey Falls

Tasmanian Wilderness WHA / Great Western Tiers / Meander Valley / Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 2
Liffey Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Liffey Falls was really a series of four distinct cascades where each of them had distinct characteristics as well as their own names. I believe it was the last waterfall that people tend to refer to when discussing this falls because it was the tallest and widest of them all. We came to this waterfall with some expectations because it seemed to be compared with Russell Falls as Tasmania's prettiest waterfall. Whether it was by bad timing or bad circumstances (due to the drought during our November 2006 visit), it wasn't much of a contest as a result of the low flow of the Liffey River or the bad positioning of the afternoon sun (as we were consistently looking against the sun). We definitely need to come back under more normal conditions so Liffey Falls would fare better in this comparison.

We took a well-established and popular track that brought us close to all four sections of the falls while passing through temperate native forests of the Great Western Tiers. The waterfalls were increasingly larger and more impressive the further we went on the track. There were also interpretive signs along the way to keep us educated and on a deliberate pace. As a result, Julie and I spent about 90 minutes away from the car, which was way more time than the 40 minutes return that the signs suggested.

A few minutes from the start of the track brought us to the first pair of waterfalls called Alexandra Falls and Hopetoun Falls. Both of these waterfalls were very short and were merely an introduction to the waterfalls further downstream. After a few more minutes of gently meandering along the Liffey River, we then encountered the third waterfall called The Leap or Spout Falls. From what we could tell, these names were pretty descriptive of this tier because the Liffey River channeled into a narrow chute before plunging into the shadowy depths below. We also noticed later that this tier was also called Albert Falls.

After a few more minutes of meandering further downstream along the Liffey River, we finally arrived at the fourth and final cascade, which was called Victoria Falls. As mentioned before, this was by far the biggest of all four falls. The track brought us right up to the base of the falls, but we were also able to scramble to the middle of the river (given its low flow) so we could look directly at this most impressive of the Liffey Falls. Unfortunately, we were looking right at the afternoon sun as we were gazing at the falls. In hindsight, we should have come in the morning for the best lighting.

On the way back to the car park, we got to take our time to experience all the waterfalls once again. Despite the suboptimal conditions, it was still a pretty pleasant experience all around.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the direct view of Liffey Falls in low flow and against the afternoon sunThis was the direct view of Liffey Falls in low flow and against the afternoon sun
We came back from Liffey Falls to Launceston (about an hour's drive) just in time to explore to Cataract Gorge after dinner where there was a memorably atmospheric performance echoing withinWe came back from Liffey Falls to Launceston (about an hour's drive) just in time to explore to Cataract Gorge after dinner where there was a memorably atmospheric performance echoing within
There were quite a few historical-looking buildings in both the CBD and Cataract Gorge areas of LauncestonThere were quite a few historical-looking buildings in both the CBD and Cataract Gorge areas of Launceston
Continuing further to the northwest of Deloraine (probably the nearest town to Liffey Falls) was the town of Devonport, which seemed to be where the ferry from the Australian mainland connectedContinuing further to the northwest of Deloraine (probably the nearest town to Liffey Falls) was the town of Devonport, which seemed to be where the ferry from the Australian mainland connected
Signage at the start of the track suggesting the Liffey Falls Track was 40 minutes return.  We took way longer than thatSignage at the start of the track suggesting the falls track was 40 minutes return. We took way longer than that

Some kind of monument near the start of the track possibly having to do with this place being part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage AreaSome kind of monument near the start of the track possibly having to do with this place being part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Looking down at the first two cascades - Alexandra and Hopetoun FallsLooking down at the first two cascades - Alexandra and Hopetoun Falls

Profile of the second cascade - Hopetoun FallsProfile of the second cascade - Hopetoun Falls

Looking down at the third cascade - Albert Falls or Spout Falls or The LeapLooking down at the third cascade - Albert Falls or Spout Falls or The Leap

Closer look at the third cascadeCloser look at the third cascade

The last cascade - Victoria Falls - as seen from the viewing deckThe last cascade - Victoria Falls - as seen from the viewing deck

Direct view of Liffey Falls using Julie's cameradirect view of Liffey Falls using Julie's camera

Focused look at the last of the Liffey FallsFocused look at the last of the waterfalls

Looking back at the last Liffey Falls from the other side of the Liffey RiverLooking back at the last falls from the other side of the Liffey River


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Profile view of the second cascade


Profile view of the main cascade


Direct view of the main cascade


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the city of Launceston (200km or 2.5 hours drive north of Hobart), the most direct route to the Liffey Falls Reserve would be to take the Midland Hwy then Bass Hwy (Hwy 1) towards Deloraine. After about 48km on Hwy 1, take the A5 (Meander Valley Rd) into the town of Deloraine and then continue onto the Lake Hwy (still on the A5). After about 26km on the A5, exit onto Riverdale Rd and follow it for about 6km to the Liffey Falls car park. The entire route was well signposted and should be pretty straightforward.

However, during our visit, we were misled by a sign that told us to get to Liffey Falls via the Bracknell Rd cutting directly to the falls. But in all honesty, I don't think it saved us any time given the narrow and curvy nature of the road despite the shorter overall distance driven.




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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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