Hogarth Falls was our waterfalling excuse to visit the quaint coastal township of Strahan. It was where Botanical Creek fell probably around 15-20m in cumulative height as there were further tiers downstream of the viewing area. Those lower tiers really didn’t lend themselves well to photographs, and we never really were able to get a view of all its drops in one go. That picture you see at the top of this page was only the uppermost tier, which was probably between 5-10m tall. In any case, Julie and I enjoyed a pretty relaxing stroll through Strahan’s People’s Park to reach the falls on a 2.5km return track that we managed to do in 45-60 minutes. Moreover, we were surprised at how popular this modestly-sized falls was considering how quiet and seemingly out-of-the-way Strahan was.
The walk was very straightforward and easy to follow with interpretive signs throughout to keep us informed and educated about the area. There were quite a few signs where kids from the Strahan Primary School lent drawings and descriptions to provide a little bit of a child’s raw perspective of the rainforest scenery here. Throughout the mostly flat walk, we were flanked by some impressively tall gum trees as well as ferns, which suggested that this was a pretty high rainfall area. Botanical Creek was practically always alongside the track, and where we could get a good look at the stream, we noticed that familiar maroon-coloured tannin stain in the water that we had seen in some other Tasmanian streams.
The track climbed noticeably but briefly towards the end. Once there (just before an overgrown lookout with railings), we descended some steps leading to a bench between the upper and lower tiers of Hogarth Falls. With some careful scrambling on the slippery bedrock, we were able to get the frontal views of the falls as pictured above. It could get a little crowded and busy here given the limited viewing real estate, which was the case on our first visit back in late November 2006. However, on our second visit in late November 2017, the falls was actually quite refreshing as we were feeling a little bit of its spray to offset the nearly record heat and humidity during that visit.
After having our fill of the falls, we hiked back to the car park to end the excursion. That said, had we been staying in the esplanade and foreshore area of Strahan, we could have ditched the car and just walked from the town centre, which only would have added about a kilometre in each direction (or further depending on how far from the foreshore the accommodation would be).
From Queenstown at the Driffield Street junction with the Lyell Highway (A10), we turned left onto the Lyell Hwy (A10) and followed it northwest for about 3.3km before turning left to leave the A10 and continue on the Lyell Highway (now B24). We then followed this twisty road for nearly 37km as the road entered a roundabout by the waterfront.
We turned left at this roundabout (1st exit) to go east on the Esplanade, and we followed this road for about 800m before arriving at the entrance for the People’s Park. Overall, this drive took us about 45 minutes.
For some geographical context, Queenstown was 42km (about 45 minutes drive) east of Strahan, 38km southeast of Zeehan, 91km (under 90 minutes drive) west of Lake St Clair, 110km (over 90 minutes drive) southwest of Cradle Mountain, and 260km (over 3.5 hours drive) northwest of Hobart.
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