Horsetail Falls ("Queenstown Falls")

West Coast Council / Gormanston / near Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Horsetail Falls ('Queenstown Falls')

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INTRODUCTION

Before locals had informed me that this waterfall was actually called Horsetail Falls, I made up the name "Queenstown Falls" to refer to this very attractive waterfall that we stumbled upon when we were driving east out of Queenstown and into the Tasmanian Wilderness. With the way the falls ostensibly revealed itself to us during that drive, there was no way we could ignore it. Once we caught sight of it while driving, we had to slow down and figure out a suitable place to pull over in order to get a better look at it without getting in the way of traffic (see directions below). The picture you see taken at the top of this page was the result of us finding that suitable place to momentarily pull over and take a photo.

As you can see in that picture, the morning sun was rising above the mountains giving rise to the height of this waterfall (I believe one of those mountains was Mt Owen). Clearly, it was a challenging time to take such a photo against the sun, and I'd imagine that this west-facing waterfall would be much better seen during the afternoon. In addition to the timing within the day, this waterfall was also said to have a short life as it was said to only flow immediately after heavy rains or during the rainy months of winter. We just so happened to have seen this falls the morning after an evening of some pretty persistent rains (something that didn't happen often enough during our drought-stricken November 2006 trip to the southeast of Australia).

We weren't sure if there was another way to experience this waterfall by getting closer to it, but we did see a track leading from a pullout with the Iron Blow Open Cut sign. It might have led towards the bottom of Horsetail Falls, but we didn't take the time to explore and do that walk. We were pretty happy with the roadside views that we had already attained.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Nelson Falls is about 23km east of Horsetail Falls (or 'Queenstown Falls' before I knew its real name)Nelson Falls is about 23km east of Horsetail Falls (or 'Queenstown Falls' before I knew its real name)
Roughly 40km west of Queenstown was the quaint town of Strahan, where Julie and I had fresh oysters as well as a pleasant stroll to Hogarth FallsRoughly 40km west of Queenstown was the quaint town of Strahan, where Julie and I had fresh oysters as well as a pleasant stroll to Hogarth Falls
Contextual view of Horsetail FallsContextual view of the falls

A different look at Horsetail Falls; notice the road cutting before itA different look at the falls; notice the road cutting before it

A fully zoomed in look at Horsetail FallsA fully zoomed in look at the falls

This was the Iron Blow Open Cut sign about 1km further up the mountain from where we saw Horsetail FallsThis was the Iron Blow Open Cut sign about 1km further up the mountain from where we saw the falls

Some plaque near the Iron Blow Open Cut sign commemorating someone relevant to this areaSome plaque near the Iron Blow Open Cut sign commemorating someone relevant to this area


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Fixated on the falls with Triple J radio blaring from the car stereo in the background


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We managed to stop the car for this waterfall about 4.4km east of the Queens River (near the centre of Queenstown) along the Lyell Hwy (A10). We managed to notice this waterfall sooner than that, however, and our stopping point was the result of us slowing down and looking for a suitable place to stop for a less stressful view of Horsetail Falls.

Just under another kilometre further was the Iron Blow Open Cut pullout near Gormanston.

For some geographical context, Queenstown was 260km (under 4 hours drive) northwest of Hobart, 245km (3.5 hours drive) southwest of Launceston, and 196km (2.5 hours drive) southwest of Devonport.




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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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Horsetail Falls 
The locals actually call this fall Horsetail Falls , not sure why. It is indeed seasonal. My partner and I have driven past this fall a number of times, …

Horse Tail Falls near Queenstown 
It is called Horse Tail Falls , as it looks like a horse tail whenever flowing. As we rarely get 4 days without rain, it flows every week. It takes less …

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