Hogarth Falls

People's Park / Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

About Hogarth Falls


Hiking Distance: 2.5km round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-11-28
Date last visited: 2017-11-29

Waterfall Latitude: -42.15323
Waterfall Longitude: 145.34862

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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.

Hogarth_Falls_17_070_11282017 - Hogarth Falls
Hogarth Falls

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 above 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.

Hogarth Falls Trail Description – from the People’s Park to Strahan Falls

Hogarth_Falls_17_004_11282017 - From the People's Park entrance, Botanical Creek continued flowing to its output at a very calm part of the Macquarie Harbour
From the People’s Park entrance, Botanical Creek continued flowing to its output at a very calm part of the Macquarie Harbour

The Hogarth Falls 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.

Hogarth_Falls_17_021_11282017 - Looking at the context of some impressive tall gum trees towering over the Hogarth Falls Walk
Looking at the context of some impressive tall gum trees towering over the Hogarth Falls Walk

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.

Hogarth_Falls_17_049_11282017 - The track to Hogarth Falls followed Botanical Creek
The track to Hogarth Falls followed Botanical Creek

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.

Hogarth_Falls_016_11272006 - Context of Hogarth Falls from the end of the official track, where better views could be had by taking the descending path down the left side
Context of Hogarth Falls from the end of the official track, where better views could be had by taking the descending path down the left side

That walk only would have added about a kilometre in each direction (or further depending on how far from the foreshore the accommodation would be).

Authorities

Hogarth Falls resides in Strahan, Tasmania. It is administered by the West Coast Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Hogarth_Falls_17_009_11282017 - Crossing over this footbridge to start on the walk to Hogarth Falls during our visit in late November 2017
Hogarth_Falls_17_017_11282017 - Looking up at one of the towering gum trees along the Hogarth Falls Walk as seen during our late November 2017 visit
Hogarth_Falls_17_020_11282017 - Further along the Hogarth Falls Walk flanked by tall trees as seen during our late November 2017 hike
Hogarth_Falls_17_027_11282017 - Continuing along the mostly flat Hogarth Falls Walk during our late November 2017 visit
Hogarth_Falls_17_032_11282017 - The Hogarth Falls Walk was flanked by big ferns like these, which indicated that this area tended to receive a lot of rainfall
Hogarth_Falls_17_053_11282017 - Julie passing by more thick and tall trees along the Hogarth Falls Walk during our late November 2017 visit
Hogarth_Falls_17_058_11282017 - Taking a closer look at Botanical Creek and its tannin colour during our late November 2017 visit
Hogarth_Falls_17_061_11282017 - This was where the Hogarth Falls Track started to climb a little bit during our late November 2017 visit
Hogarth_Falls_17_063_11282017 - Finally making it the front of the upper drop of Hogarth Falls during our visit in late November 2017
Hogarth_Falls_17_074_11282017 - Broad look at the upper drop of Hogarth Falls during our visit in late November 2017
Hogarth_Falls_17_077_11282017 - Direct look at the upper tier of Hogarth Falls during our second visit in late November 2017
Hogarth_Falls_17_084_11282017 - After having our fill of Hogarth Falls, we returned the way we came back amongst the tall trees again during our late November 2017 visit
Hogarth_Falls_17_088_11282017 - Julie returning to the car park at the People's Park ending our visit in late November 2017
Strahan_002_jx_11272006 - Before arriving at the People's Park, we made a turn onto the Esplanade in Strahan (as seen on our late November 2006 visit)
Hogarth_Falls_017_jx_11272006 - The People's Park as seen during our visit in late November 2006. Somehow this name reminds me of something Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson would come up with
Hogarth_Falls_001_11272006 - On the walking track to Hogarth Falls as seen during our visit in November 2006
Hogarth_Falls_001_jx_11272006 - Signage at the start of the walk for Hogarth Falls as seen during our late November 2006 visit
Hogarth_Falls_005_jx_11272006 - That's me on the lush forest walk towards Hogarth Falls back in late November 2006
Hogarth_Falls_009_11272006 - Julie checking out Hogarth Falls from our first visit back in late November 2006
Hogarth_Falls_012_11272006 - We (and many other people) scrambled a bit to get this frontal view of Hogarth Falls back in late November 2006
Hogarth_Falls_017_11272006 - Looking at the hard-to-see lower tiers of Hogarth Falls during our late November 2006 visit

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Hogarth Falls was near the town of Strahan, but we stayed in Queenstown so we’ll start the driving directions from there.

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.

Hogarth_Falls_17_003_11282017 - Entering the People's Park just south of Strahan
Entering the People’s Park just south of Strahan

Then, we turned 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.

Hogarth_Falls_17_013_11282017 - The car park within the People's Park
The car park within the People’s Park

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.

Approaching the falls while trying to see through the foliage at its lower tiers before fully examining its upper tier towards the end


Fixated on the falls from back in late November 2006

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