Pelverata Falls

near Huonville / Kingborough Council / near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 3.5
Pelverata Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Pelverata Falls was one waterfall that I had to earn a viewing for. I almost missed this falls completely as I almost prematurely turned back before getting to the end of the trail thinking another waterfall that I saw on the way was this falls (when in fact it was merely Slippery Falls). Instead, it was a good thing I persisted on the hike even when it got a little rough. The reward for the perseverance was the view you see at the top of this page where the other waterfall ended up being a bonus waterfall instead of a disappointing mistake. As you can see, the 114m falls was in a bit of a lighter flowing state, but it was still pretty nonetheless. The light flow seemed to suggest that it had a small catchment so it could easily go dry, but then again, it could very well be on the lighter flowing state due to the drought that really affected the southeast of the country during our November 2006 visit.

From the pre-trip research, we knew that the track to the best view of Pelverata Falls was a bit long so Julie opted to stay in the car while I hiked solo. As a result, I managed to do the hike in a little over 2 hours, but this included some trail running. I'm sure at a more leisurely pace, it would probably be more like 2.5 to 3 hours return.

The track started off wide and pretty open as it skirted the boundaries of a private farm. I did recall there were a pair of unsigned junctions where there were some false trails that could've easily led me astray. The general rule of thumb was to stay on the wider trail at these unsigned forks unless there was a sign to direct me. Then, the trail narrowed with some slight overgrowth much of the way. It was in this stretch that the area seemed full of either small kangaroos or big wallabies (couldn't totally be sure but there were a bunch things hopping about then disappearing just before I got near the source of the noise).

As the track started to get even narrower while it hugged a mountain slope, I noticed a fair-sized waterfall in the distance across the canyon that the track skirted. This was the waterfall I had almost mistaken for Pelverata Falls, especially considering that the main track got even more difficult as I found myself on a loose rocky stretch that was both narrow and seemingly dangerous with dropoffs. I had to slow down and exercise caution to get through this part, but once I got through this, I reached the viewing platform looking up at the Pelverata Falls.

Once I had my fill of the falls, the hike was mostly downhill with views back towards the farmlands and forests that I had traversed earlier to get here.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This waterfall way in the distance was the so-called Slippery Falls.  Good thing I kept going on the track because Pelverata Falls wasn't much further on the rocky part of the trackThis waterfall way in the distance was the so-called Slippery Falls. Good thing I kept going on the track because Pelverata Falls wasn't much further on the rocky part of the track
Contextual view of Pelverata Falls in somewhat low flow in November 2006Contextual view of Pelverata Falls in somewhat low flow in November 2006
We had based ourselves in Hobart when we visited the Snug Tiers area that included Pelverata Falls so I'd imagine quick day trips from there on the weekends might be commonWe had based ourselves in Hobart when we visited the Snug Tiers area that included Pelverata Falls so I'd imagine quick day trips from there on the weekends might be common
Roughly 90 minutes drive to the southeast of Hobart was the Tasman Peninsula, where we were treated to vistas of rugged coastlines (like what's shown here) full of blowholes and sea archesRoughly 90 minutes drive to the southeast of Hobart was the Tasman Peninsula, where we were treated to vistas of rugged coastlines (like what's shown here) full of blowholes and sea arches
At the car park for Pelverata FallsAt the car park for the falls

A potentially confusing fork that I kept right onA potentially confusing fork that I kept right on

Sign says to go into the overgrowth instead of the wider track on the leftSign says to go into the overgrowth instead of the wider track on the left

On the Pelverata Falls Track, which was now much narrowerOn the Pelverata Falls Track, which was now much narrower

Start of that rocky last stretch before Pelverata FallsStart of that rocky last stretch before the falls

The narrow track on the left with Slippery Falls way in the distance amongst the dry trees towards the top of the photoThe narrow track on the left with Slippery Falls way in the distance amongst the dry trees towards the top of the photo

Finally, the Pelverata FallsFinally, the Pelverata Falls

Looking back towards civilization from the exposed rocky sectionLooking back towards civilization (and this is relative) from the exposed rocky section


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The most straightforward route from Hobart would be to take the Southern Outlet (A6) towards Kingston for about 10km, then continue on the A6 (now the Huon Hwy) towards the town of Sandfly in just under 11km. Turn left onto Sandfly Road, then take the road to a fork where you keep right onto Pelverata Rd. Follow Pelvarata Rd for about 12km to the signposted turnoff on the left for the Pelverata Falls. The car park and trailhead was just under 1km from the turnoff.

Julie and I actually drove here from Snug Falls so we took the Snug Rd to the Channel Hwy (B68) turning left. Then, we took the highway north to Nierinna Rd where we turned left. Then shortly thereafter, we turned right onto Sandfly Rd. We took this road for 7.5km to the town of Sanfly. Turn left onto Pelverata Rd, then follow this road for about 12km to the signposted turnoff on the left for the car park at the start of the falls.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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