Lilydale Falls

Lilydale / near Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 1.5
The Lower Lilydale Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Lilydale Falls allowed Julie and I to have an easy and relaxing stroll, which took us to both of its waterfalls. The first (lower) waterfall looked to be about 10m tall. The falls segmented into a pair of columns next to a fallen tree that was just as tall. I'd imagine under more normal rainfall years (our visit happened to be during a drought-stricken time in late November 2006), the falls would appear much thicker than what was shown in the photo at the top of this page. The second waterfall seemed to be shorter but was fronted by a fairly large plunge pool and was a bit more open to the sun than the lower falls. In any case, with the waterfalling experience here, it was more about the scenery and the ambience than it was about the size of the falls, I reckoned.

The track was said to be 20 minutes return though Julie and I took our time and did the whole thing in about 30 minutes. Near the car park (within Lilydale Park; see directions below) was a kid-friendly playground with some picnic tables and facilities. After rounding a corner, the track then proceeded alongside the Second River in a more forested environment as it ultimately reached the First Falls. Barely a few minutes afterwards, the track ended at a viewing deck for the Second Falls. With the last waterfall, I was able to use the platform railings to try to steady the camera for long exposure photos.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the small but serene and pretty Upper Lilydale Falls at the end of the short trackThis was the small but serene and pretty Upper Lilydale Falls at the end of the short track
Launceston had a pretty charming CBD with some historical or at least important-looking buildings. This was where we stayed after visiting Lilydale FallsLaunceston had a pretty charming CBD with some historical or at least important-looking buildings. This was where we stayed after visiting Lilydale Falls
Within the city of Launceston was the Cataract Gorge.  Our twilight visit to the gorge happened to be during some kind of atmospheric performance or festival (Tas Dance?)Within the city of Launceston was the Cataract Gorge. Our twilight visit to the gorge happened to be during some kind of atmospheric performance or festival (Tas Dance?)
At the car park for Lilydale FallsAt the car park for the falls

It looked like there were some facilities in the Lilydale ParkIt looked like there were some facilities in the Lilydale Park

Looking directly at the First Falls and the fallen tree that was about as tall as itLooking directly at the First Falls and the fallen tree that was about as tall as it

Another look at the first fallsAnother look at the first falls

As we continued to the Second Falls, we looked back at the First Falls which was now hard to see at this pointAs we continued to the Second Falls, we looked back at the First Falls which was now hard to see at this point

Julie checking out the second fallsJulie checking out the second falls

Another look at the Upper Lilydale FallsAnother look at the Upper Lilydale Falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


The first waterfall


The second waterfall


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the Launceston CBD, take the East Tamar Hwy (A8) north to George Town Rd on the right (B81). Follow this road for about 2.7km to Lilydale Rd on the right. Then follow Lilydale Rd for about 21km north through the town of Lilydale to the car park for the Lilydale Park on the right. This drive was about 20-30 minutes.

We actually visited the park from Ralphs Falls via the Tasman Hwy (A3) and then Lilydale Rd (B81).

For further context, Launceston was 200km (nearly 2.5 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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