Oldaker Falls

Burnie Park, Tasmania, Australia

About Oldaker Falls


Hiking Distance: 1km round trip
Suggested Time: 25-30 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-11-27
Date last visited: 2017-12-02

Waterfall Latitude: -41.05014
Waterfall Longitude: 145.89288

Oldaker Falls was essentially an urban waterfall that was the centerpiece of Burnie Park, which itself sat within the city of Burnie.

The waterfall sat at the top end of the hilly park where Stoney Creek dropped beneath Oldaker Street as the watercourse made its way through the park on its way to the Bass Strait.

Burnie_Park_17_051_12012017 - Oldaker Falls
Oldaker Falls

Julie and I felt that this waterfalling excursion was unusual in that we were strolling through more of an urban recreational park instead of hiking in a reserve.

That said, the lush surroundings within the park also made it feel like we were in an island of green despite the urban developments of the bustling city itself.

Indeed, we sensed that Burnie residents could conveniently enjoy the park and its waterfall in all seasons.

And they can do so as part of a morning exercise, a lunch break, or even an after work detox as well as a good place to let the kids have play time at one of the jungle gyms here.

Experiencing Oldaker Falls

Burnie_Park_17_115_12012017 - Looking back at the footpath leading to Oldaker Falls in Burnie Park
Looking back at the footpath leading to Oldaker Falls in Burnie Park

From its well-defined car park (see directions below), Julie and I walked the paved path past the playgrounds, amphitheatres, and picnic grounds for the unpaved walking track that pretty much followed along Stoney Creek.

It didn’t take long before the track entered more bush settings though the man-modified concrete water channels and retaining walls reminded us of our urban surroundings just beyond the trees around us.

After about 250m, we reached a series of steps that climbed above a small channel containing an intermediate man-modified waterfall before continuing further upstream to the base of the Oldaker Falls.

Once at the falls, we could clearly see more evidence of man-modified enhancements to Stoney Creek to ensure the water stayed within the channel while also maintaining a plunge pool pond to sit and relax by.

Burnie_Park_17_043_12012017 - The steps leading up to the main lookout for Oldaker Falls in Burnie Park
The steps leading up to the main lookout for Oldaker Falls in Burnie Park

We then went up some steps alongside the cascading waterfall where it dead-ended near the base of the main upper drop and cascade.

When Julie and I first showed up back in late November 2006, the waterfall wasn’t doing so well though it was flanked by attractive pink flowers.

It was hard to tell if the flowers came from invasive weeds, which wouldn’t be surprising given all the residences around the park.

From having experience doing volunteer work to pull weeds and invasive species in wetlands and reserves, I know that most introduced species come from homes and gardens in built-up areas.

Oldaker_Falls_004_11262006 - This was Oldaker Falls when we first saw it back in late November 2006
This was Oldaker Falls when we first saw it back in late November 2006

They would typically find their way to seed the protected or undeveloped parts and consequently elbow out native species.

When Julie and I came back to Burnie Park in early December 2017, Oldaker Falls had much better flow than it did in 2006.

However, its volume was aided by a powerful storm that flooded large parts of Victoria across the Bass Strait.

Such observations kind of indicated to us the degree of variability in Stoney Creek’s flow so I’d imagine the falls would be best seen shortly after a heavy rain.

Burnie_Park_17_135_12012017 - The Burnie Inn, which was said to be the oldest building in the city of Burnie, which still appeared to be in use as evident from its upkeep
The Burnie Inn, which was said to be the oldest building in the city of Burnie, which still appeared to be in use as evident from its upkeep

Overall, Julie and I had spent a very relaxing 30-45 minutes away from the car.

This included examining the war memorial obelisks on one end of Burnie Park and taking in the waterfall at the other end of the park.

It also included checking out the historic Burnie Inn by the main car park, which was said to be Burnie’s oldest building.

Authorities

Oldaker Falls resides in Burnie Park in the town of Burnie, Tasmania. It is administered by the Burnie City Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Burnie_Park_17_002_12012017 - Looking across the picnic area in Burnie Park towards the Bass Highway during our visit in December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_005_12012017 - At the opposite end of Burnie Park were these obelisks which were war memorials. We noticed these on our December 2017 visit though we didn't notice them on our November 2006 visit
Burnie_Park_17_008_12012017 - Looking towards the Bass Highway over white and red roses from the war memorial at the far north end of Burnie Park as seen during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_011_12012017 - Looking towards more picnic tables, benches, and grassy lawns in Burnie Park during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_019_12012017 - Ducks appeared to be residents of Stoney Creek in Burnie Park as seen during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_021_12012017 - Next to the jungle gym in Burnie Park was a pond and this fake waterfall on Stoney Creek during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_029_12012017 - The walking track to Oldaker Falls pretty much started behind this structure in Burnie Park, which we noticed in our December 2017 visit but didn't notice it on our November 2006 visit
Burnie_Park_17_032_12012017 - Looking towards some of the jungle gyms for kids at Burnie Park as seen during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_035_12012017 - As we left the picnic area and playground behind in Burnie Park during our December 2017 visit, we were suddenly in a lush area almost making us forget we were in a city
Burnie_Park_17_042_12012017 - The walking path to Oldaker Falls meandered alongside Stoney Creek, which was funneled by channels and retaining walls as seen during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_044_12012017 - This was the dead-end at the intermediate waterfall as seen during our December 2017 visit, which was where the false path would take me if I didn't take the steps to go higher
Burnie_Park_17_049_12012017 - Julie checking out Oldaker Falls from next to the man-modified plunge pool during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_061_12012017 - After climbing up the last of the steps, we got this view of Oldaker Falls
Burnie_Park_17_067_12012017 - As you can see, Oldaker Falls was a fairly long cascade, and this was just the top part as seen during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_074_12012017 - Closeup look at one of the flowers blooming next to the Oldaker Falls during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_079_12012017 - Contextual look at Oldaker Falls with some of the lower cascades as seen during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_087_12012017 - Another contextual look at Oldaker Falls with some of the lower cascades as seen during our visit in December 2017
Burnie_Park_17_089_12012017 - Looking downstream from the main cascading part of Oldaker Falls as Julie was headed back to Burnie Park during our visit in December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_095_12012017 - Looking back at the steps climbing alongside Oldaker Falls during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_111_12012017 - Heading back along the familiar walkway between Burnie Park and Oldaker Falls during our visit in December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_119_12012017 - Looking back over the picnic area in Burnie Park towards the Bass Strait as we were back in the main part of the park during our December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_130_12012017 - Looking towards the Burnie Inn at the end of our Burnie Park visit in December 2017 visit
Burnie_Park_17_132_12012017 - Closer look at ducks with chicks at Burnie Park during our visit in December 2017 visit
Oldaker_Falls_001_jx_11262006 - Sign at Burnie Park indicating the opening and closing hours of its car park as seen during our late November 2006 visit
Oldaker_Falls_002_11262006 - After going through the picnic area and playground, we then followed this signposted path to Oldaker Falls on our late November 2006 visit
Oldaker_Falls_003_11262006 - Looking through the foliage up ahead at Oldaker Falls and its lower tiers as seen during our late November 2006 visit
Oldaker_Falls_006_11262006 - The Stoney Creek was channeled by retaining walls that also acted as railings marking the boundaries of the walking path as seen during our November 2006 visit
Oldaker_Falls_007_11262006 - The well-developed walkway alongside Stoney Creek leading up to Oldaker Falls as seen during our late November 2006 visit
Oldaker_Falls_008_11262006 - Julie checking out Oldaker Falls during our late November 2006 visit
Oldaker_Falls_013_11262006 - Broad view of what Oldaker Falls looked like on our first visit back in late November 2006
Oldaker_Falls_015_11262006 - Last look at Oldaker Falls flanked by what appeared to be invasive flowers as seen during our late November 2006 visit before we headed back to the car park
Oldaker_Falls_009_jx_11262006 - Above the steps leading to Oldaker Falls, this gravel path was an alternate entrance to Burnie Park from the residences above.  Clearly, there were many ways besides our route to reach Oldaker Falls. Note that this photo was taken in late November 2006. 11 years later, this path was now paved
Oldaker_Falls_011_jx_11262006 - Picnic area at the Burnie Park as seen during our late November 2006 visit
Oldaker_Falls_013_jx_11262006 - A kid-friendly jungle gym in Burnie Park as seen during our late November 2006 visit

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Oldaker Falls was just west of the city centre of Burnie off the Bass Highway.

From the city’s esplanade (i.e. waterfront), we found our way to Mount St (B18) then headed south towards its intersection with the Bass Hwy (A2/Hwy 1).

Turning right onto the Bass Hwy (A2), we then drove about 1.5km before turning left onto Park St.

Burnie_Park_17_125_12012017 - The main car park for the Burnie Park
The main car park for the Burnie Park

Shortly after turning onto this residential street, the main car park for Burnie Park was on our left just as Park St was bending to our right.

The gates for this car park close between dusk and dawn.

Note that while driving west on the Bass Hwy (A2), there was another entrance with a gate about 100m before Park St.

That was actually a short road leading to the front of the war memorial.

Oldaker_Falls_012_jx_11262006 - Looking back at Park Street, which fronted the car park for Burnie Park
Looking back at Park Street, which fronted the car park for Burnie Park

There was no formal parking there, which was why we’d recommend continuing further to Park St to access the main car park.

To provide you with some geographical context, Burnie was about 101km (under 90 minutes drive) north of Cradle Mountain, 46km (over 30 minutes drive) west of Devonport, 99km (over an hour drive) northwest of Deloraine, and 147km (over 90 minutes drive) west of Launceston.

Approaching the falls at the end of the short track

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Oldaker Falls and Blocking Trees August 15, 2013 7:40 am by Jeff Crowe - In Winter I visited Oldaker Falls, a beautiful little Waterfall with heaps of flowing water . May I suggest the Burnie Council eradicate the annoying blackberries and stinking onion weed . A small tree is starting to block the view of the Waterfall . What a great attraction it could be made if the surrounding… ...Read More

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