Tasmania Waterfalls (Australia)
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Tasmania (TAS) was the only "Island State" in Australia, but we also noticed from their license plates that it also proudly proclaimed itself to be the "Natural State". After all, it featured some of the largest tracts of contiguous untouched wilderness in the country in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which dominated much of western and southwestern Tasmania. Meanwhile, at the northern end of this wilderness was the iconic and popular Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park featuring the strangely-shaped peak of Cradle Mountain itself.
Situated in the so-called Roaring 40s latitude (similar to New Zealand), we figured that the island would be typically subject to a very wet climate subject to some fairly erratic and variable weather. Given this reputation, it would be a haven for waterfall lovers like ourselves looking for something contrasting the typically dry and arid reputation of the Australian Outback on the mainland. And as you can see from the map above, there was certainly no shortage of waterfalling excursions that Julie and I partook in.
As if that weren't enough, we also complemented our waterfalling with other natural and historical attractions in Tassie such as the Port Arthur Historical Site, Launceston's Cataract Gorge, the peace and quiet bayside town of St Helens, Mt Wellington, and Hobart's waterfront among others.
Given the plethora of waterfalls that Julie and I have encountered in the Island State, we have broken up the state further into the following divisions - Eastern and Northeastern Tasmania
, Southern and Central Tasmania
, and Western and Northwestern Tasmania
What we're calling the Eastern and Northeastern Tasmania Region pretty much consists of the area to the east of Launceston. The lone exception so far is Liffey Falls
, which we felt was close enough to the city to be placed on this division. Among the other waterfalls that we've seen in this division include the tall St Columba Falls
and Meetus Falls
The Southern and Central Tasmania Region was kind of a catch-all area to the west and south of Hobart and to the east of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Included in this division was Tasmania's most popular waterfall in the graceful and curtainous Russell Falls
as well as one of our most adventurous waterfalling excursions in Adamsons Falls
Finally, the Western and Northwestern Tasmania Region covered the wilder side of the island as it included the concentration of National Parks like Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair. So it wasn't surprising that this division had the highest concentration of waterfalls of what Julie and I were able to witness during our time in Tassie. Among the waterfalling highlights here include Montezuma Falls
and Nelson Falls
. Meanwhile, there were waterfalls featured in city or town parks such as Oldaker Falls
and Hogarth Falls
Having made two visits to the state 11 years apart, we got to experience some of the unpredictability and variations in the flows of many of the waterfalls. Our first visit in the Spring of 2006 exhibited many waterfalls in low flow, which we chalked up to the great decade-long drought that really hammered southeastern Australia (including Tassie), but we also saw some waterfalls on that visit that were surprisingly in very healthy flows. And on our second visit 11 years later, the roles were actually reversed on some of the waterfalling excursions. So take our limited sample-size survey for what it's worth. Why not just take a chance and let Tassie win you over regardless of what she reveals to you.
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