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: 147.21318

Lilydale Falls was a pair of quaint but attractive waterfalls on the Second River.

Experiencing these waterfalls was by an easy and relaxing stroll amongst tall trees and lush fern-filled scenery that really chilled out Julie and I on each of our visits here.

Lilydale_Falls_17_050_11232017 - Lilydale Falls - the Second Falls
Lilydale Falls – the Second Falls

The first (lower) waterfall looked to be about 8-10m tall fronted by a large fallen log that had miraculously stayed put over the 11 years between our visits (and then some).

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

Although both falls were on the petite side, we also happened to see them in lower-than-average rainfall years during our visits.

Nevertheless, I’d argue that this place was more about the scenery and the ambiance than size of the waterfalls.

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

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

Lilydale Falls Trail Description – hiking to the First Falls

From the car park (see directions below), 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 as path gently followed the southern bank of the Second River.

Lilydale_Falls_17_006_11232017 - Julie about to follow the southern banks of the Second River as the track curved and passed beneath this railway bridge
Julie about to follow the southern banks of the Second River as the track curved and passed beneath this railway bridge

Then after crossing a bridge over the river, the path 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.

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).

Julie and I had seen this waterfall in November 2006 and November 2017, and in each of those visits, we saw a fallen log leaning against the 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

We’re not sure when that log will fall and become another deadfall, but remarkably it hadn’t budged in all these years!

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.

Lilydale Falls Trail Description – hiking to the Second Falls

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.

Lilydale_Falls_022_11242006 - Context of Julie checking out the second Lilydale Falls from a lookout platform during our first visit back in November 2006
Context of Julie checking out the second Lilydale Falls from a lookout platform during our first visit back in November 2006

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

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.

Note that the signage suggested that it only took 5 minutes to reach the First Falls and 10 minutes to reach the Second Falls.

However, 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.

Lilydale_Falls_17_063_11232017 - Julie returning to the shelters and playgrounds at the Lilydale Park
Julie returning to the shelters and playgrounds at the Lilydale Park

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

Authorities

Lilydale Falls resides in the Lilydale Falls Reserve near Launceston, Tasmania. 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 - Julie starting the stroll to the Lilydale Falls as she left the car park during our November 2017 visit
Lilydale_Falls_17_005_11232017 - Julie passing by a playground and this lawn area on her way to the Second River en route to the Lilydale Falls on our November 2017 visit
Lilydale_Falls_17_008_11232017 - Julie continuing on the Lilydale Falls Track as it meandered alongside the southern bank of the Second River while flanked by ferns and tall trees as seen during our November 2017 visit
Lilydale_Falls_17_011_11232017 - Julie crossing the bridge over the Second River to continue the walk on the northern bank of the Second River during our November 2017 visit
Lilydale_Falls_17_014_11232017 - Beyond the bridge, the Lilydale Falls Trail started climbing (as seen during our November 2017 visit)
Lilydale_Falls_17_018_11232017 - At a trail fork at the top of the climb, we first took the right fork and descended towards the First Falls or the Lower Lilydale Falls during our November 2017 visit
Lilydale_Falls_17_020_11232017 - Julie checking out the Lower Lilydale Falls during our November 2017 visit
Lilydale_Falls_17_035_11232017 - The descent to the First Falls meant we had to climb back up to continue onto the Second Falls (as seen on our November 2017 visit)
Lilydale_Falls_17_036_11232017 - Back at the familiar tall tree at the top of the climb of the Lilydale Falls Track as we pursued the Second Falls during our November 2017 visit
Lilydale_Falls_17_039_11232017 - Julie approaching the end of the track and the lookout for the Upper Lilydale Falls on our November 2017 visit
Lilydale_Falls_17_047_11232017 - Checking out the Second Falls on the Second River during our November 2017 visit to the Lilydale Falls
Lilydale_Falls_17_057_11232017 - Julie heading back along the Second River after having had her fill of the Lilydale Falls
Lilydale_Falls_001_jx_11242006 - Sign at the start of the short walking track to the Lilydale Falls as seen during our November 2006 visit
Lilydale_Falls_003_jx_11242006 - Another sign that we saw at the start of the track to Lilydale Falls during our November 2006 visit
Lilydale_Falls_002_11242006 - This was what the Lower Lilydale Falls looked like during our first visit back in November 2006
Lilydale_Falls_007_11242006 - Looking directly at the First Falls and the fallen tree that was nearly as tall as the waterfall itself (taken back in November 2006)
Lilydale_Falls_010_11242006 - Julie standing before the first of the Lilydale Falls during our November 2006 visit
Lilydale_Falls_017_11242006 - Another look at the First Falls as seen back in November 2006
Lilydale_Falls_020_11242006 - As we continued to the Second Falls, we looked back at the First Falls which was now hard to see at this point of the climb back up to the main track (as seen in November 2006)
Lilydale_Falls_030_11242006 - This was the Upper Lilydale Falls as seen on our first visit back in November 2006
Lilydale_Falls_024_11242006 - Another look at the Upper Lilydale Falls from back in November 2006
Lilydale_Falls_011_jx_11242006 - It looked like there were some facilities in the Lilydale Park for camping as seen during our November 2006 visit

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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.

Lilydale_Falls_17_003_11232017 - The car park for the Lilydale Falls Reserve
The car park for the Lilydale Falls Reserve

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).

Lilydale_Falls_031_11242006 - Context of the Lilydale Falls walking path and the car park as seen during our November 2006 visit
Context of the Lilydale Falls walking path and the car park as seen during our November 2006 visit

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


The first waterfall


The second waterfall

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