Mathinna Falls

Break O'Day / Fingal Valley / near St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Mathinna Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Mathinna Falls impressed Julie and I with its relatively thick flow, especially compared to the other waterfalls we had seen in Tasmania to this point. It was said to be 20-25m tall though I had seen various trip reports saying that the falls consisted of four 17m drops or that it was 80m in cumulative height. However, when we walked the fairly straightforward 30-minute return track to its official end, we only saw the main drop, which you see pictured at the top of this page. The rest of the falls seemed to be hidden from us. We weren't aware of the other waterfalls at the time so we didn't try to do any additional exploring. And from reading about other peoples' experiences, perhaps it was a good thing we didn't know about them.

Even though the track was fairly straightforward to follow, we did have to navigate around a pair of fallen trees that made us do a little awkward climbing and scrambling up and over them. But other than that, we took a little over 45 minutes away from the car, and it was a very pleasant bush walk all around.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Closer look at the impressive Mathinna Falls from its plunge poolCloser look at the impressive Mathinna Falls from its plunge pool
About 29km south of the Chain of Lagoons (where we made the shortcut on Grays Rd to the Ersk Hwy towards Mathinna), we stopped by Bicheno and its blowhole on our way northAbout 29km south of the Chain of Lagoons (where we made the shortcut on Grays Rd to the Ersk Hwy towards Mathinna), we stopped by Bicheno and its blowhole on our way north
It was a very long drive from Hobart to Fingal, then ultimately to St Helens, but we managed to experience the East Coast of Tassie along the way as shown in this photoIt was a very long drive from Hobart to Fingal, then ultimately to St Helens, but we managed to experience the East Coast of Tassie along the way as shown in this photo
After Mathinna Falls, we ended the long driving day at the very pretty bayside town of St HelensAfter Mathinna Falls, we ended the long driving day at the very pretty bayside town of St Helens
Although the literature said Mathinna Falls was 30 minutes return, this sign said it was only 20 minutes returnAlthough the literature said the falls was 30 minutes return, this sign said it was only 20 minutes return

Julie on the walk to the Mathinna FallsJulie on the walk to the falls

Somewhat distant view of Mathinna Falls as Julie was approaching its plunge poolSomewhat distant view of the falls as Julie was approaching its plunge pool

Closer more direct look at the Mathinna FallsCloser more direct look at the Mathinna Falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Hobart, we made the long drive north about 207km on the Tasman Hwy (A3) towards the Chain of Lagoons where there was a little shortcut leading to Gray Rd on the left and eventually turning left onto the Esk Hwy (in hindsight, the more official way was to continue another 22km beyond the Chain of Lagoons along the Tasman Hwy and then going west on the Esk Hwy [A4]).

Anyways, once we were on the Esk Hwy, we went west for another 20km to the turnoff onto Mathinna Rd (B43). Turning right onto Mathinna Rd, this mostly sealed road leading north from the township of Mathinna went for about 35km to the car park for the falls (at 20km from Mathinna, we stayed left at the fork to remain on Mathinna Rd; the path on the right was what we took to get to Evercreech Falls).

To break up the long drive from Hobart to Tasmania's northeast forests, we made a stop at the Bicheno Blowhole about 178km north of Hobart along the Tasman Hwy.

Even though we didn't approach the falls this way, the closest city to the falls was Launceston (200km or 2.5 hours drive north of Hobart), which was about 93km (said to be 2 hours drive) west of Mathinna Falls.




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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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