Lost Falls

Swansea / Lake Leake, Tasmania, Australia

About Lost Falls


Hiking Distance: 400m round trip (falls only)
Suggested Time: 15 minutes (falls only)

Date first visited: 2006-11-24
Date last visited: 2017-11-26

Waterfall Latitude: -42.04427
Waterfall Longitude: 147.88956

Lost Falls was a truly lost waterfall, so to speak, as it was dry both times that Julie and I had visited it.

As each visit took place in the month of November, I wondered if perhaps we just showed up in the wrong month, or if we just had rotten luck.

Lost_Falls_Tassie_029_11252017 - Lost Falls
Lost Falls

Our first visit took place in 2006 which was during the nearly decade-long drought that really hit the southeastern part of Australia, including Tasmania.

The second visit took place in 2017 following an unusually warm and dry Winter and Spring season (at least in Eastern Tasmania).

From the looks of its bush-fringed cliff, it should have been an impressively tall waterfall, which we should have seen from the furthest of the overlooks.

For a moment, we thought we were in the wrong place because of the silence (i.e. no sound of moving water), but the signs clearly indicated that we were in the right place.

Lost_Falls_Tassie_017_11252017 - Looking downstream towards the scenery downstream of the Lost Falls
Looking downstream towards the scenery downstream of the Lost Falls

In any case, I’d bet that this waterfall would only perform immediately after sustained heavy rains, which meant that serious timing was required.

In addition to the “waterfall”, Lost Creek also featured an interesting rock pool further upstream from the brink of the falls.

There was even a nice view downstream of the falls towards a valley for that edge-of-the-world feeling.

This viewpoint definitely surpassed the other signed “scenic view” (going the other way from the car park) which was very disappointing as it didn’t seem to yield any satisfactory views of anything.

Hiking to the Lost Falls Lookout

Lost_Falls_Tassie_010_11252017 - The signage at the trailhead, which was now blue and more modern looking instead of the old green sign that was here on our first visit
The signage at the trailhead, which was now blue and more modern looking instead of the old green sign that was here on our first visit

From the car park (see directions below), a sign indicated that it was only a 10-minute return walk to the overlook of the Lost Falls.

The track briefly meandered between some thin trees before reaching the rim of the gorge.

After about 150m from the car park, there was a signed junction where the path on the right went to the Rock Pools.

But keeping straight ahead, I wound up at the first of two overlooks, which provided a nice view into the bush-clad valley below.

Lost_Falls_Tassie_021_11252017 - Approaching the lookouts for Lost Falls
Approaching the lookouts for Lost Falls

Lost Falls couldn’t be seen from that first overlook, and after another 25m or so of walking, I reached the second fenced overlook.

This one peered down and in the upstream direction towards the steep cliff where Lost Falls was supposed to be.

Pursuing the Rock Pools

After having my fill of the Lost Falls lookout, I then explored the 130m track leading to the so-called rock pools.

True to the name, there was indeed at least one stagnant pool, where not even the recent rains during our second visit was enough to form a flowing creek.

Lost_Falls_Tassie_044_11252017 - Arriving at the Rock Pools, which were upstream from the brink of Lost Falls
Arriving at the Rock Pools, which were upstream from the brink of Lost Falls

I’d imagine in wetter times, these pools could be swimming holes provided the creek wasn’t overflowing (as the big drop was just a short distance downstream).

When I returned to the car park, I wound up taking around 30 minutes to take it all in.

Pursuing the Scenic View

In addition to the Lost Falls and Rock Pool, I did spend a few minutes to do the additional 200m track (400m round trip) to the “Scenic View”.

However, it was disappointing because the track led me to some kind of plateau with trees everywhere thereby blocking whatever view was supposed to be from there.

Lost_Falls_Tassie_055_11252017 - The Scenic View Track eventually led me to this plateau, but I never found the actual 'Scenic View' itself
The Scenic View Track eventually led me to this plateau, but I never found the actual ‘Scenic View’ itself

So unless I somehow went off track, my advice would be not to bother with it.

The view of the valley along the way to the Lost Falls Lookout was already satisfying enough.

Authorities

Lost Falls resided in Lake Leake vicinity near Lake Leake, Tasmania. It is administered by the Northern Midlands Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Lost_Falls_Tassie_011_11252017 - Following along the short track towards the rim of the gorge on the way to Lost Falls during my November 2017 visit
Lost_Falls_Tassie_014_11252017 - Sign at a trail junction where the path on the right went to the Rock Pools during my visit to Lost Falls in November 2017
Lost_Falls_Tassie_016_11252017 - Approaching the first of two lookouts of Lost Falls at the rim of the gorge in November 2017
Lost_Falls_Tassie_019_11252017 - Following the fencing towards the second lookout of Lost Falls in November 2017
Lost_Falls_Tassie_026_11252017 - Looking down at where Lost Falls was supposed to flow as seen from one of the lookouts during my visit in November 2017
Lost_Falls_Tassie_032_11252017 - Following the narrow trail leading down to the Rock Pools during my November 2017 visit
Lost_Falls_Tassie_033_11252017 - Looking across one of the Rock Pools above the actual drop of Lost Falls as seen during my visit in November 2017
Lost_Falls_Tassie_037_11252017 - Looking downstream from the Rock Pools towards some tiers of Lost Falls during my visit in November 2017
Lost_Falls_Tassie_049_11252017 - Context of one of the Rock Pools with surrounding trees as seen during my visit in November 2017
Lost_Falls_Tassie_052_11252017 - Returning to the car park area for Lost Falls from our most recent visit in November 2017
Lost_Falls_Tassie_053_11252017 - On the Scenic View Track after having returned to the car park for Lost Falls just to see where this other track went to during my November 2017 visit
Lost_Falls_Tassie_063_11252017 - This was the obstructed 'Scenic View', which I'd argue was not worth the extra time during my November 2017 visit
Lost_Falls_001_11232006 - The car park area for Lost Falls from back in November 2006
Lost_Falls_003_11232006 - Sign explaining that Lost Falls Lookout was a short walk during our November 2006 visit
Lost_Falls_013_jx_11232006 - Signage at a trail junction on the way to the Lost Falls Lookouts during our November 2006 visit
Lost_Falls_004_11232006 - Lost Falls was also dry when we first came here back in late November 2006

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Since we drove to Lost Falls from two different directions (one from Launceston and the other from Hobart), I’ll describe our route for each of those options.

I’ll start with the Launceston approach first since that city was closer to the falls.

Driving from Launceston to Lost Falls

From the Launceston CBD, we headed south towards the Midland Hwy (Hwy 1), and then we kept going south in the direction of Hobart to remain on the Midland Hwy.

At around 66km south of Launceston (or 12km south of the Esk Highway [A4] turnoff), we then left the Midland Hwy and turned left onto the Lake Leake Hwy (B34) in Campbell Town.

After about 36km (or nearly 7km east of the town of Lake Leake), we reached a four-way intersection.

A sign pointing the way to Lost Falls had us go right (note that going left went to Meetus Falls.

Lost_Falls_Tassie_009_11252017 - The car park for Lost Falls looking towards one of the blue signs in the area
The car park for Lost Falls looking towards one of the blue signs in the area

At this point, we left the highway and headed south on the unsealed McKays Rd.

We continued south on McKays Rd for roughly 3km as we turned left onto the Crossins Rd (there should be signs pointing the way).

After another 2.5km along the unsealed Crossins Rd, we eventually arrived at the familiar car park for the Lost Falls.

Overall, this drive took us around 90 minutes.

Driving from Hobart to Lost Falls

From the Hobart CBD, we headed east on the Tasman Highway (A3) towards Sorell (after 24km) and then towards the Lake Leake Highway (B34) (about 142km from Hobart or 10km north of Swansea).

Lost_Falls_Tassie_006_11252017 - This wombat crossed the Crossins Rd as we were making our way to Lost Falls, but then it decided to hide and play possum until we left
This wombat crossed the Crossins Rd as we were making our way to Lost Falls, but then it decided to hide and play possum until we left

Once on the Lake Leake Highway, we then drove about 20km to the familiar four-way intersection where the unsealed McKays Rd was on the left (the McKays Rd on the right heading north was for Meetus Falls).

Then, we’d follow the directions as given above.

That drive took us on the order of 2.5 hours.

For some geographical context, Launceston was about 103km (over an hour drive) east of Devonport, 138km (under 2 hours drive) northwest of Swansea, 167km (over 2 hours drive) west of St Helens, and 201km (nearly 2.5 hours drive) north of Hobart.

Sweep starting with the downstream view of a bush clad valley before panning over to the dry or trickling falls


Checking out the rock pool and the trickling falls further upstream from the Lost Falls

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