Lilydale Falls

Lilydale, Tasmania, Australia

About Lilydale Falls

Hiking Distance: 1km round trip
Suggested Time: 45 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-11-25
Date last visited: 2017-11-24

Waterfall Latitude: -41.23020
Waterfall Longitude: 147.21159

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Lilydale Falls was a pair of quaint but attractive waterfalls that really chilled out Julie and I on each of our visits here (despite these visits occurring in lower-than-average rainfall years).

The excursion allowed us to have an easy and relaxing stroll amongst tall trees and lush fern-filled scenery in addition to the ambience of the Second River gently moving over the two waterfalls.

Lilydale_Falls_17_047_11232017 - Lilydale Falls - the Second Falls
Lilydale Falls – the Second Falls

The first (lower) waterfall looked to be about 8-10m tall, but what was most memorable about it was a fallen log that leaned against the falls that miraculously stayed put over the 11 years between our visits (and then some).

The second waterfall was shorter (possibly 5-7m tall) but wider, and it was fronted by a fairly large plunge pool.

Even though both falls were on the petite side, I’d argue that this place was more about the scenery and the ambiance than it was about the size of the waterfalls.

As a result, we boosted the scenic rating based on these factors.

Hiking to the First Falls

Lilydale_Falls_17_015_11232017 - At the peak of the Lilydale Falls Trail, we reached this junction by some tall trees.  The descending path on the right went down to the First Falls
At the peak of the Lilydale Falls Trail, we reached this junction by some tall trees. The descending path on the right went down to the First Falls

From the car park, we walked on an obvious track that went between a playground and some picnic shelters.

The path meandered towards the Second River in the first 80m, then it went beneath a railroad bridge as the rest of the trail followed the river upstream the rest of the way.

Initially, the lush scenery was more open the path gently followed the southern bank of the Second River, but then after crossing a bridge over the river, the path then followed along its northern banks while the track started climbing.

Towards the top of this climb at about 375m from the car park, there was a trail junction next to some very tall and thick trees.

Lilydale_Falls_17_029_11232017 - Lilydale Falls - the First Falls
Lilydale Falls – the First Falls

We took the spur trail descending on the right, which led down to the banks of the Second River right in front of the Lower Lilydale Falls (which was also called the First Falls).

Hiking to the Second Falls

After having our fill of this falls, we climbed back up the steps, then continued on the other fork of the track in the upstream direction.

The path flattened out and continued for the final 100m or so to the lookout platform at the end of the walking track.

That was where we were face-to-face with the attractive Second Falls or Upper Lilydale Falls right across the plunge pool.

This was the waterfall pictured at the top of this page.

Lilydale_Falls_17_050_11232017 - Finally making it to the second Lilydale Falls
Finally making it to the second Lilydale Falls

This was also our turnaround point, and it took Julie and I a little over 30 minutes to do the whole excursion including taking pictures at both waterfalls.

Even though the signage suggested that it only took 5 minutes to reach the First Falls and 10 minutes to reach the Second Falls, I got the sense that a more reasonable estimate of time to really appreciate this place would be on the order of 45 minutes give or take 15 minutes.

The presence of the playground here also suggested that this was a very suitable hike for families with little ones.


Lilydale Falls resides in the Lilydale Falls Reserve. It is administered by the City of Launceston. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Lilydale_Falls_17_002_11232017 - At the car park for Lilydale Falls
Lilydale_Falls_17_005_11232017 - Julie passing by a playground and this lawn area on her way to the Second River
Lilydale_Falls_17_006_11232017 - We then had to go underneath this railway bridge before the Lilydale Falls Track meandered alongside the southern bank of the Second River
Lilydale_Falls_17_008_11232017 - The Lilydale Falls Track was flanked by ferns and tall trees
Lilydale_Falls_17_011_11232017 - Julie crossing the bridge over the Second River
Lilydale_Falls_17_014_11232017 - Beyond the bridge, the trail started climbing
Lilydale_Falls_17_018_11232017 - We first took the right fork and descended towards the First Falls or the Lower Lilydale Falls
Lilydale_Falls_17_020_11232017 - Julie checking out the Lower Lilydale Falls
Lilydale_Falls_002_11242006 - This was what the Lower Lilydale Falls looked like during our first visit back in November 2006
Lilydale_Falls_17_035_11232017 - The descent to the first falls meant we had to climb back up to continue onto the second falls
Lilydale_Falls_17_039_11232017 - Approaching the end of the track and the lookout for the Upper Lilydale Falls
Lilydale_Falls_030_11242006 - This was the Upper Lilydale Falls as seen on our first visit back in November 2006
Lilydale_Falls_022_11242006 - For a sense of scale, here was Julie checking out the second falls
Lilydale_Falls_17_057_11232017 - Julie heading back along the Second River
Lilydale_Falls_17_063_11232017 - Returning to the car park


Since we had based ourselves in Launceston for each of our visits to the Lilydale Falls, we’ll just focus on describing the driving directions from there.

From the Launceston CBD, we headed north on the East Tamar Hwy (A8) for about 4km north of the North Esk River bridge to the turnoff for University Way / George Town Rd (B81) on the right. We then took the B81 for just under 3km to the Lilydale Road (B81) on our right. Once on the Lilydale Road, we followed it for about 21km to the signed Lilydale Falls Reserve on our right.

It took us around 35 minutes to do this drive.

If you’re coming from the northeast, then the car park would be about 37km west of Scottsdale along the Lilydale Road (B81).

For some context, Launceston was about 103km (over an hour drive) east of Devonport, 167km (over 2 hours drive) west of St Helens, and 201km (nearly 2.5 hours drive) north of Hobart.

Right to left sweep of the first Lilydale Falls

Semi-circular right to left sweep of the 2nd Lilydale Falls

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