Snug Falls

Snug Tiers / Kingborough Council / Huon Valley Council / near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 2.5
Snug Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Snug Falls was one of the closer waterfalls to the city of Hobart that we encountered. It was where the Snug River fell around 25-30m into a deep and lush gorge filled with low-lying ferns, fallen logs, and fallen rocks. The river itself seemed to have had a dark tannin-like colour to it, which I'd imagine was infused from the soil of marshes further upstream as the river made its way from the tarns and lakes of the Snug Tiers down to the protected waters of the North West Bay near the northern end of Bruny Island. Even though the watercourse was a river by name, it was possible for the waterfall to dry up or be nothing more than a trickle during long spells without rain. Luckily for us, in both of our visits here (once in late November 2006 and once in late November 2017), we managed to see this waterfall flow. That said, on that second visit, we were lucky to have benefited from a couple of days of heavy rains that revived the falls after having been dry just prior to that storm.

In order to access Snug Falls, we took a walking track that started from a parking bay just off the unsealed Snug Falls Rd (see directions below). We had to walk about 150m along the access road before getting to the actual start of the track. Then, after getting by a rusted little turnstile, the track proceeded to make a fairly moderate descent over a dirt track with a few surprise ankle-twisting rocks and roots strewn throughout the walk.

The descent was on a fairly moderate to gentle grade flanked by tall trees and low ferns with some flowers in bloom amongst some of the taller bushes. At roughly 800m from the trailhead, we reached a shelter with a little bench inside to perhaps wait out a rain (though that wasn't the case in either of our visits). Beyond the shed, the track descended some more as we encountered more fallen trees as well as some intriguing cliffs and mini-caves hinting at the geological forces responsible for the formation of Snug Falls. Eventually after about 1.4km from the turnstile, the track dropped right into the Snug River, which was full of slick boulders and rocks allowing us to carefully scramble to the middle of the watercourse for more direct views of the impressive waterfall right across the dark plunge pool.

Whilst enjoying Snug Falls from our bouldery vantage point, we noticed that there was an additional partially-hidden upper tier though we didn't bother looking for a way to improve our view of it. Anyways, after having our fill of the falls, we then backtracked the way we came so the return hike was all uphill making this a sweat-inducing upside-down hike. Although the signage at the trailhead said it was a 2km (1 hour return) hike, according to my GPS logs, the hike was more like 2.8km round trip (3.1km round trip if you count the walk along the road), and we spent around 75-90 minutes away from the car.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The access road to Mt Wellington was somewhat on the way to Snug Falls. This was the place to get a birdseye view of Hobart if the weather cooperatedThe access road to Mt Wellington was somewhat on the way to Snug Falls. This was the place to get a birdseye view of Hobart if the weather cooperated
We had based ourselves in Hobart when we visited the Snug Tiers area that included Snug Falls. Here, we were lucky to catch a sunset rainbow from near Battery PointWe had based ourselves in Hobart when we visited the Snug Tiers area that included Snug Falls. Here, we were lucky to catch a sunset rainbow from near Battery Point
Roughly 90 minutes drive to the southeast of Hobart was the Tasman Peninsula, where we were treated to vistas of rugged coastlines (like what's shown here) full of blowholes and sea archesRoughly 90 minutes drive to the southeast of Hobart was the Tasman Peninsula, where we were treated to vistas of rugged coastlines (like what's shown here) full of blowholes and sea arches
Also on the Tasman Peninsula was the historically important Port Arthur Historic Site, which featured ruins of the old prison where some of the earliest Australians were exiled to do hard timeAlso on the Tasman Peninsula was the historically important Port Arthur Historic Site, which featured ruins of the old prison where some of the earliest Australians were exiled to do hard time
The car park next to the unsealed road about 150m before the Snug Falls trailheadThe car park next to the unsealed road about 150m before the trailhead

This was some old signage at the trailhead back in late November 2006 suggesting that the hike would be a lot shorter than it turned out to beThis was some old signage at the trailhead back in late November 2006 suggesting that the hike would be a lot shorter than it turned out to be

Julie walking towards the trailhead along the unsealed Snug Falls RoadJulie walking towards the trailhead along the unsealed Snug Falls Road

Here's a more recent (as of late November 2017) look at the unsealed Snug Falls RoadHere's a more recent (as of late November 2017) look at the unsealed Snug Falls Road

The signposted trailhead for the Snug Falls TrackThe signposted trailhead for the waterfall track

Just past the trailhead sign, we had to get past this turnstileJust past the trailhead sign, we had to get past this turnstile

Some rest benches were set up along the Snug Falls Track, which might come in handy on the mostly uphill return hikeSome rest benches were set up along the track, which might come in handy on the mostly uphill return hike

Some tall thin trees were growing alongside the Snug Falls TrackSome tall thin trees were growing alongside the track

Another rest bench set up alongside the Snug Falls TrackAnother rest bench set up alongside the track

A closer look at some of the uneven rocky terrain of the grade 3 track to Snug FallsA closer look at some of the uneven rocky terrain of the grade 3 track to the falls

More tall trees alongside the Snug Falls TrackMore tall trees alongside the track

On my second visit to Snug Falls, I encountered some fallen trees though they were fairly trivial to get byOn my second visit to the falls, I encountered some fallen trees though they were fairly trivial to get by

More ankle-busting terrain the further down the Snug Falls Track we wentMore ankle-busting terrain the further down the track we went

Approaching the shelter alongside the Snug Falls TrackApproaching the shelter alongside the track

This was the view looking out from the shelterThis was the view looking out from the shelter

Another fallen tree that was fairly trivial to get by on the Snug Falls TrackAnother fallen tree that was fairly trivial to get by on the track

By this point, we had descended deep enough to skirt alongside some of the cliffs hinting at the geology behind the Snug FallsBy this point, we had descended deep enough to skirt alongside some of the cliffs hinting at the geology behind the falls

Some of the cliffs had alcoves or mini caves like thisSome of the cliffs had alcoves or mini caves like this

Further along the descent to Snug Falls as the scenery became even more lush, damp, and mossy greenFurther along the descent to Snug Falls as the scenery became even more lush, damp, and mossy green

Descending into the boulder-filled Snug RiverDescending into the boulder-filled Snug River

Finally arriving at the Snug FallsFinally arriving at the Snug Falls

A closer look at the water in the Snug River revealed the maroon-like tanin-stained colourA closer look at the water in the Snug River revealed the maroon-like tanin-stained colour

I also noticed some pretty neat spider webs amongst the boulders in the Snug RiverI also noticed some pretty neat spider webs amongst the boulders in the Snug River

Direct look at Snug Falls from across the tanin-coloured plunge poolDirect look at Snug Falls from across the tanin-coloured plunge pool

This was what Snug Falls looked like on our first visit back in late November 2006This was what Snug Falls looked like on our first visit back in late November 2006

Another look across the dark plunge pool towards Snug Falls. Notice the hidden upper tier further upstreamAnother look across the dark plunge pool towards Snug Falls. Notice the hidden upper tier further upstream

Julie chilling out and checking out Snug Falls during our late November 2006 visitJulie chilling out and checking out the falls during our late November 2006 visit

After having my fill of Snug Falls, I started the uphill climb back to the car parkAfter having my fill of the falls, I started the uphill climb back to the car park

Another look at the porous cliffs on the return hikeAnother look at the porous cliffs on the return hike

Finally returning to the car parkFinally returning to the car park


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Right to left sweep following the tanin-colored stream before examining the falls and the surrounding cliffs


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We accessed Snug Falls from Hobart so that'll be the route I'm describing in this section.

From the Hobart CBD, I took Davey St west towards the Southern Outlet (A6). After about 9.5km, I then took the ramp for the Channel Hwy (B86), which then continued for about 13km into the town of Snug. Once in town, I then turned right onto the unsealed Snug Tiers Rd, which reached a fork after about 1.1km. Keeping left to go onto the Snug Falls Rd, I then followed this unsealed road for the next 2.5km before reaching the signposted car park on the left.

Even though the actual trailhead was another 150m further along the road, there was no legal parking area there so I had to park the car here then walk the remaining distance to the trailhead. Overall, it took me about 30 minutes to do this drive without traffic (40 minutes during rush hour when the kids were going to school).

For some geographical context, Hobart was about 39km (over 30 minutes drive) northeast of Huonville, 101km (90 minutes drive) northwest of Port Arthur, and 201km (nearly 2.5 hours drive) south of Launceston.




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