Ralphs Falls

Mt Victoria Forest Reserve / Dorset / Ringarooma / near St Helens, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Ralphs Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Ralphs Falls was a very tall but thin waterfall that we took a detour to see when we left St Columba Falls and headed towards Launceston. As you can see from the photo above, its tall and slender appearance suggested that it had a limited drainage. We figured that timing would be pretty important, which contrasted with the St Columba Falls experience since that other waterfall touted a more reliable year-round flow. That said, during our drought-stricken November 2006 trip, Ralphs Falls was still flowing despite signs of fire or an imminent fire in the forests of Mt Victoria around the falls. I've seen photos in the literature of this 100m falls being accompanied by a companion waterfall, but with the low flow of our visit, the companion wouldn't show itself.

From the car park (see directions below), we took a very short 20-minute return walk to the falls, which skirted the very tall cliffs before reaching Norm's Lookout. This was the lookout where we were able to see the entirety of the falls as well as a panorama looking towards the expansive valley below. Given the short nature of the excursion, we only spent about 30 minutes away from the car to do both the walk and taking in the vistas.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the gorgeous panorama from Norm's Lookout, which was the same lookout with the full view of Ralphs FallsThis was the gorgeous panorama from Norm's Lookout, which was the same lookout with the full view of Ralphs Falls
About 12.4km east of Ralphs Falls was the impressive St Columba FallsAbout 12.4km east of Ralphs Falls was the impressive St Columba Falls
Prior to visiting both Ralphs and St Columba Falls, we woke up to this gorgeous sunrise over St Helens, which was a short distance to the east of these fallsPrior to visiting both Ralphs and St Columba Falls, we woke up to this gorgeous sunrise over St Helens, which was a short distance to the east of these falls
After visiting both Ralphs and St Columbia Falls (as well as Lilydale Falls later), we then arrived at Launceston, where we also explored the Cataract GorgeAfter visiting both Ralphs and St Columbia Falls (as well as Lilydale Falls later), we then arrived at Launceston, where we also explored the Cataract Gorge
The car park for Ralphs FallsThe car park for the falls

The walking track to Norm's LookoutThe walking track to Norm's Lookout

The view from Norm's LookoutThe view from Norm's Lookout

Looking in the other direction, we were looking right at Ralphs FallsLooking in the other direction, we were looking right at the falls

As much of the context of Ralphs Falls I could get from Norm's LookoutAs much of the context of the falls I could get from Norm's Lookout


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We'll pick up the driving directions from St Columba Falls. After backtracking for about 1.6km, we then turned left and took an unsealed access road leading about 3.6km directly to Forest Lodge Rd (the trees here looked like they were ripe for a forest fire). From there, we turned left and drove another 7km to the signed car park.

From Ringarooma (about 6km from the Tasman Hwy [A3]), the Ralphs Falls track started at about 16km east on Ringarooma Rd to the signed car park on Forest Lodge Rd.

For context, St Helens was 159km northeast of Launceston and 254km (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

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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