Oldaker Falls was essentially an urban waterfall that was the centerpiece of Burnie Park, which itself sat within the city of Burnie. The waterfall sat at the top end of the hilly park where Stoney Creek dropped beneath Oldaker Street as the watercourse made its way through the park on its way to the Bass Strait. Julie and I felt that this waterfalling excursion was unusual in that we were strolling through more of an urban recreational park instead hiking in a reserve. That said, the lush surroundings within the park also made it feel like we were in an island of green despite the urban developments of the bustling city itself. Indeed, we sensed that Burnie residents could conveniently enjoy the park and its waterfall in all seasons as part of a morning exercise, a lunch break, or even an after work detox as well as a good place to let the kids have play time at one of the jungle gyms here.
From its well-defined car park (see directions below), Julie and I walked the paved path past the playgrounds, amphitheatres, and picnic grounds for the unpaved walking track that pretty much followed along Stoney Creek. It didn't take long before the track entered more bush settings though the man-modified concrete water channels and retaining walls reminded us of our urban surroundings just beyond the trees around us. After about 250m, we reached a series of steps that climbed above a small channel containing an intermediate man-modified waterfall before continuing further upstream to the base of the Oldaker Falls.
Once at the falls, we could clearly see more evidence of man-modified enhancements to Stoney Creek to ensure the water stayed within the channel while also maintaining a plunge pool pond to sit and relax by. We then went up some steps alongside the cascading waterfall where it dead-ended near the base of the main upper drop and cascade. When Julie and I first showed up back in late November 2006, the waterfall wasn't doing so well though it was flanked by attractive pink flowers. It was hard to tell if the flowers came from invasive weeds, which wouldn't be surprising given all the residences around the park (so introduced species for home and gardening purposes would find their way here to flourish). When we came back here in early December 2017, the falls had much better flow though its volume was aided by a powerful storm that flooded large parts of Victoria across the Bass Strait. Such observations kind of indicated to us the degree of variability in Stoney Creek's flow so I'd imagine the falls would be best seen shortly after a heavy rain.
Overall, Julie and I had spent a very relaxing 30-45 minutes away from the car that included examining the war memorial obelisks on one end of Burnie Park and taking in the waterfall at the other end of the park.
Right by the Burnie Park car park was the Burnie Inn, which was said to be the oldest building in the city of Burnie. From its upkept appearance, it appeared to still be in use
Although the weather wasn't good during our visit to Burnie in 2017, we still got to experience its beach at the Esplanade near the heart of the city's activities
On our first visit, we had spent a night at the town of Devonport as a stopover on the way to Burnie. Devonport was the town containing the Spirit of Tasmania ferry to the mainland at Melbourne
On our second visit, we drove to Burnie from Cradle Mountain, which was one of Tasmania's premiere spots to enjoy stunning landscapes and wildlife
Burnie Park was close to the Bass Hwy in the western end of Burnie, which was close enough to see the ocean
Looking back at the car park for Burnie Park
Looking back over the picnic area in Burnie Park towards the Bass Strait
A kid-friendly jungle gym in Burnie Park
Next to the jungle gym was a pond and this fake waterfall on Stoney Creek
Ducks appeared to be residents of Stoney Creek in Burnie Park
The walking track to the falls pretty much started behind this structure
As we left the picnic area and playground behind, we were suddenly in a lush area almost making us forget we were in a city
The walking path meandered alongside Stoney Creek
The walking path then had to climb these steps. Note the path to the left of the steps led to a dead-end at an intermediate waterfall
This was the dead-end at the intermediate waterfall
Above the steps, this gravel path was an alternate entrance to Burnie Park from the residences above. Clearly, there were many ways besides our route to reach the falls. Note that this photo was taken in late November 2006. 11 years later, this path was now paved
Julie checking out Oldaker Falls from next to the man-modified plunge pool
After climbing up the last of the steps, we got this view of Oldaker Falls
This was what Oldaker Falls looked like on our first visit back in late November 2006
As you can see, Oldaker Falls was a fairly long cascade
Closeup look at one of the flowers blooming next to the falls
Last look at the falls before we headed back down
At the opposite end of Burnie Park were these obelisks which were war memorials
Looking towards the Bass Highway over the white and red roses from the war memorial at the far north end of Burnie Park
Oldaker Falls was just west of the city centre of Burnie off the Bass Highway. From city's esplanade (i.e. waterfront), we found our way to Mount St (B18) then headed south towards its intersection with the Bass Hwy (A2/Hwy 1). Turning right onto the Bass Hwy (A2), we then drove about 1.5km before turning left onto Park St. Shortly after turning onto this residential street, the main car park for Burnie Park was on our left just as Park St was bending to our right. The gates for this car park close between dusk and dawn.
Note that while driving west on the Bass Hwy (A2), there was another entrance with a gate about 100m before Park St. That was actually a short road leading to the front of the war memorial. There was no formal parking there, which was why we'd recommend continuing further to Park St to access the main car park.
To provide you with some geographical context, Burnie was about 101km (under 90 minutes drive) north of Cradle Mountain, 46km (over 30 minutes drive) west of Devonport, 99km (over an hour drive) northwest of Deloraine, and 147km (over 90 minutes drive) west of Launceston.
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