Preston Falls (Delaney's Falls)

Gunns Plains / Central Coast / near Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 1
Preston Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Preston Falls was kind of an exercise in frustration with us because it seemed like everything about our experience with it pointed to bad timing on our part in every which way. As you can see from the photo above, we showed up at a bad time of the day (8am) when the morning sun's shadow had split right across the waterfall thereby making our photos of it pretty terrible. In addition, the falls had a light flow suggesting that it too was a victim of the severe drought that had plagued our visit to the southeast of Australia in November 2006. That was a case of bad timing of our trip though predicting things like droughts when you make advance bookings would require having a crystal ball (in other words, it's hard to predict the future months in advance).

While trying to time a visit to avoid a drought might be wishful thinking, it was conceivable in hindsight that we should have visited this waterfall earlier in the morning (before the shadows would breach this waterfall) or much later in the day when the entire waterfall would either be in light or completely in shadow (if late enough). Of course if it had been cloudy, then it would have been best since we wouldn't be as dependent on the time of day we arrive.

Situated in the Gunns Plains inland from the coastal town of Ulverstone, the waterfall itself was said to be 25m tall. According to the literature, this waterfall should actually be called Delaneys Falls (or at least Lower Preston Falls) despite signage by the car park saying otherwise. The argument was that Preston Falls really pertained to another waterfall further up the hills deeper into the Gunns Plains. In any case, we've gone with the convention according to the signage and we'll leave this issue up for debate.

Julie and I took a short and easy 140m (5 minutes return) track to the overlook yielding the view of the falls that you see pictured at the top of this page. From what we could tell, there wasn't an official or relatively safe way to experience this waterfall in any other way.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Prior to visiting Preston Falls, we had stayed in the port town of Devonport which was one end of the Spirit of Tasmania's Bass Straight Crossing with Melbourne on the mainlandPrior to visiting Preston Falls, we had stayed in the port town of Devonport which was one end of the Spirit of Tasmania's Bass Straight Crossing with Melbourne on the mainland
After Preston Falls, we then continued on to the quaint seaside town of Burnie for a lunch as well as a visit to Oldaker FallsAfter Preston Falls, we then continued on to the quaint seaside town of Burnie for a lunch as well as a visit to Oldaker Falls
The car park and sign for Preston FallsThe car park and sign for the falls

A closer examination of the sign that told us this was Preston FallsA closer examination of the sign that told us this was indeed the waterfall name we thought it was

Following the short well-developed track to the lookout for Preston FallsFollowing the short well-deveoped track to the lookout for the falls

Once we got to the lookout for Preston Falls, we tried to figure out how best to take photos while reconciling the terrible morning shadowOnce we got to the lookout for the falls, we tried to figure out how best to take photos while reconciling the terrible morning shadow

Here was another attempt where I brought in the Preston Falls more with zoom but the light and dark zones were killing meHere was another attempt where I brought in the the falls more with zoom but the light and dark zones were killing me

This was Julie's attempt where her camera resolved the shadowy part but blew out the light partThis was Julie's attempt where her camera resolved the shadowy part but blew out the light part


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

This waterfall was a relatively short drive from Ulverstone (about 20km west of Devonport or 28km east of Burnie on the Bass Hwy [Hwy 1] along the north coast of Tasmania). From the B17 exit off the Bass Hwy in Ulverstone, we drove south on Gawler Rd (B17) which eventually became Preston Rd then Gunns Plains Rd. Once we got into the small town of Gunns Plains, we turned left onto the unsealed Raymond Rd (20km from Ulverstone) where a signpost marked the parking bay and trailhead.

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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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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