Oldaker Falls

Braddon Division / Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 1.5
Oldaker Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Oldaker Falls was a pretty waterfall (even though it had very light flow during our visit in late November 2006) sitting right in the upper slopes of Burnie Park, which was a city park in the coastal town of Burnie on Tasmania's northwest coast. From its well-defined car park, Julie and I walked past a few crayfish signs and through a picnic area with some kid-friendly jungle gyms onto a paved walking path that followed the Stoney Creek (most of it channeled with concrete borders) up to the base of the falls. Even though the falls wasn't doing so well, there were some pretty flowers in bloom which added to the lovely scene.

The look and feel of this waterfalling experience was a bit different to Julie and I because it really felt more like we were strolling through a suburban residential park. The difference here, however, was that this park was more like an isolated part of Nature surrounded by developments. We got the feeling that Burnie residents could really get to enjoy the park and the waterfall in all the seasons in a setting that we tended to associate with the city parks that might show up in suburban areas of developed countries like in the outskirts of Greater Los Angeles County and Orange County in the US.

In any case, Julie and I spent about 25 minutes away from the car doing this little suburban waterfall stroll.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Another look at the Oldaker Falls in low flow under cloudless skiesAnother look at the Oldaker Falls in low flow under cloudless skies
We had spent a night at the town of Devonport as a stopover on the way to Burnie, but it soon became clear to us that Devonport was the main ferry town linking with Australia's mainlandWe had spent a night at the town of Devonport as a stopover on the way to Burnie, but it soon became clear to us that Devonport was the main ferry town linking with Australia's mainland
Burnie Park was close to the Bass Hwy in the western end of Burnie, which was close enough to see the oceanBurnie Park was close to the Bass Hwy in the western end of Burnie, which was close enough to see the ocean

Picnic area at the Burnie ParkPicnic area at the Burnie Park

A kid-friendly jungle gymA kid-friendly jungle gym

After going through the picnic area and playground, we then followed this signposted path to Oldaker FallsAfter going through the picnic area and playground, we then followed this signposted path to the falls

This gravel path was an alternate entrance to Burnie Park from the residences above.  Clearly, there were many ways besides our route to reach Oldaker FallsThis gravel path was an alternate entrance to Burnie Park from the residences above. Clearly, there were many ways besides our route to reach the falls

Looking through the foliage up ahead at Oldaker Falls and its lower tiersLooking through the foliage up ahead at the falls and its lower tiers

The stream was channeled by retaining walls that also acted as railings marking the boundaries of the walking pathThe stream was channeled by retaining walls that also acted as railings marking the boundaries of the walking path

The well-developed walkway alongside Stoney CreekThe well-developed walkway alongside Stoney Creek

Julie checking out Oldaker FallsJulie checking out Oldaker Falls

Last look at Oldaker Falls before we headed back to the car parkLast look at the falls before we headed back to the car park


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Devonport, we drove west about 47km on the Bass Hwy (Hwy 1) into the town of Burnie passing through the towns of Ulverstone, Penguin, and Heybridge along the way. Once we were within Burnie, we continued on the Bass Hwy west until we turned left onto Park St (towards the western end of town). Park St shortly became Maydena Pl right before the car park for Burnie Park on the left.

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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In Winter I visited Oldaker Falls , a beautiful little Waterfall with heaps of flowing water . May I suggest the Burnie Council eradicate the annoying …

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