Victoria Valley Falls

Central Highlands Council / near Ouse / Osterley, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 0.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Victoria Valley Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Victoria Valley Falls (or just Victoria Falls) was kind of an unfortunate follow up act to Nelson Falls as Julie and I were driving from Queenstown in the west towards Hobart out east. As you can see from the photo at the top of this page, there really wasn't much to the waterfall as Kenmere Creek had very low flow. We couldn't tell if this was because we didn't come early enough in the season (i.e. dead smack during Winter or early Spring) or if we didn't come soon enough after a heavy rain or if it was yet another victim of the drought that plagued our November 2006 visit to the southeast of Australia.

Even though the track had signs, as we followed them, we realized that along the way the track seemed to have disappeared and started to meander away from the waterfall. The overgrowth got denser and at some point we decided not to proceed any further and just turn back given the state of the falls. The signage was deceptive in that it got us thinking this was a developed and easier-to-follow track than it really was.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Victoria Valley Falls was about 115km northwest of Hobart, and it was the endpoint on our last day of doing the circle island drive around Tasmania that started and stopped in HobartVictoria Valley Falls was about 115km northwest of Hobart, and it was the endpoint on our last day of doing the circle island drive around Tasmania that started and stopped in Hobart
Of course the hits didn't end there, as we had some time left to do a half-day out-and-back visit to the Tasman Peninsula near Dootown where sights like this tunnel-arched blowhole were seenOf course the hits didn't end there, as we had some time left to do a half-day out-and-back visit to the Tasman Peninsula near Dootown where sights like this tunnel-arched blowhole were seen
At the signposted start of the trackAt the signposted start of the track

Julie on the track to Victoria Valley FallsJulie on the track to the falls

Getting closerGetting closer

This was probably as much of Victoria Valley Falls as we were going to seeThis was probably as much of the falls as we were going to see

One last look at Victoria Valley Falls before we returned to the car park and declared the falls an anticlimactic rewardOne last look at the falls before we returned to the car park and declared the falls an anticlimactic reward


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We drove 140km east of Nelson Falls along the Lyell Hwy (A10) to the town of Ouse (174km or 2.5 hours drive east of Queenstown). We then turned left onto Victoria Valley Rd and followed it for about 24km eventually past the township of Osterley (really just a collection of a few homes) to the little parking bay for the falls just before the township of Victoria Valley.

Coming in the other direction from the east, Ouse was 89km northwest 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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