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.
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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