Tasmania Waterfalls (TAS) were sprinkled all over Australia’s only “Island State”, 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.
Among the waterfalling highlights in Tassie, we experienced the UNESCO World Heritage Liffey Falls, the state’s most popular waterfall in the graceful and curtainous Russell Falls, one of our most adventurous waterfalling excursions in Adamsons Falls, one of the state’s tallest waterfalls in Montezuma Falls, and the basaltic giant in Dip 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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