Julie and I came to St Columba Falls with some expectations given that it was said to be one of Tasmania's tallest permanent waterfalls at 90m thereby drawing quite a bit of fanfare and literature devoted to it. When we showed up, we saw the impressive waterfall in somewhat of a wishbone shape though its flow looked to be far less than what the signage here had shown as it could very well have been a consequence of the drought that occurred during our November 2006 visit. Speaking of its flow, it was said to be fed by a very large drainage (some 4000 hectares) in an area that would typically get high rainfall. In fact, we read a sign here that said the falls had never been known to run dry since its discovery. That said, Julie and I wondered if that claim would be tested if this drought would persist.
We were able to get distant views of the falls from the limited parking and picnic area across the canyon (see directions below). But there was a walk that went downhill for about 600m to a bridge right in front of the base of St Columba Falls for a closer look. A sign here said that mist would tend to wet onlookers the overlook though the low flow state that we saw the falls ensured that wouldn't happen to us.
Overall, we spent about 30 minutes at the falls. Most of the energy and time was spent on the walk going back up to the car park. That said, the walking track was very well-developed and the walk was very relaxing, shady, and cool.
From St Helens, we drove west on the Tasman Hwy (A3) for about 26km. Then, we exited the A3 and took the Riverdale Rd briefly before turning right towards the town of Pyengana. After passing through the town, the road became St Columba Falls Rd, and we followed this road for about 9km towards the car park for the falls (keeping left at the fork roughly 1.6km before the car park; note that the right fork would lead to Ralphs Falls).
Since the road was completely sealed throughout this drive, I'd imagine we took the most preferred way to get here. There were other roads to get here, I'm sure, but since we didn't do them, we can't say more about them.
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