Pelverata Falls

Snug Tiers / Huonville, Tasmania, Australia

About Pelverata Falls


Hiking Distance: 6km round trip with some scrambling
Suggested Time: 2.5-3 hours

Date first visited: 2006-11-23
Date last visited: 2017-11-27

Waterfall Latitude: -43.06413
Waterfall Longitude: 147.14036

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Pelverata Falls was an attractively tall waterfall that was said to be 114m tall on the Pelverata Creek.

The main drop didn’t look to be that tall, but the overall height figure might have included the cascading tiers further downstream as the creek raced to the bottom of the steep ravine before eventually draining into the Huon River.

Pelverata_Falls_17_075_11262017 - Pelverata Falls
Pelverata Falls

I must have been lucky on both of my visits to be seeing this waterfall flowing (especially on my second visit, whose state you can see pictured above).

That’s because I’ve been told that this falls tended to not have a long life without significant rains replenishing its creek.

On my first visit in late November 2006, the falls had a more diminished flow as much of Southeastern Australia (Tasmania included) went through a nearly decade-long drought.

Yet, it was still flowing!

Pelverata_Falls_015_11222006 - Pelverata Falls as seen during my first visit in November 2006
Pelverata Falls as seen during my first visit in November 2006

On my second visit, I was told that this waterfall had been running dry until a series of strong storms hit Tasmania and Southeastern Australia during our return visit to Tasmania in November 2017.

Slippery Falls

Adding to the scenic allure of Pelverata Falls was that the same excursion yielded a second waterfall sighting.

This other waterfall was on Slippery Creek, which was aptly called Slippery Falls.

The cascading falls tumbled on the opposite side at the head of the gorge containing both Pelverata and Slippery Creeks.

Pelverata_Falls_17_052_11262017 - This was Slippery Falls, which I'd caution against making the mistake of thinking this was the Pelverata Falls
This was Slippery Falls, which I’d caution against making the mistake of thinking this was the Pelverata Falls

Even though I was only able to get a distant look at it, a good zoom could bring it closer.

Perhaps the only trick about this additional waterfall was to not make the mistake of thinking it was the Pelverata Falls and prematurely turn back (which I almost did the first time I came here).

In any case, given all these impressions, I tended to think of Pelverata Falls excursion as one of Tasmania’s more rewarding ones despite its apparent need for a little luck and good timing.

Hiking to Pelverata Falls

Although Pelverata and Slippery Falls were within about an hour drive from Hobart, this was one waterfalling excursion where I had to earn a viewing for.

Pelverata_Falls_17_006_11262017 - Briefly hiking through a forested path near the start of the track en route to Pelverata Falls
Briefly hiking through a forested path near the start of the track en route to Pelverata Falls

It involved hiking around a private farm before entering a pocket of native old growth forest, then it climbed steeply on rocky terrain before descending steeply to the overlook yielding the view you see pictured at the top of this page.

In each of the times I’ve done this hike, it took me between 2.5 to 3 hours to complete the roughly 6km round trip distance.

That said, there was definitely plenty of time for solitude and tranquility as it didn’t seem like this track saw a lot of visitors.

Indeed, in the two times I’ve done this hike, I only saw one other visitor who was a local going for a morning walk with her dogs.

Pelverata_Falls_035_11222006 - Looking back at the context of the Pelverata Falls Track with a private farm way in the distance as seen during my November 2006 visit
Looking back at the context of the Pelverata Falls Track with a private farm way in the distance as seen during my November 2006 visit

The rest of the time, I was completely alone.

Pelverata Falls Trail Description – skirting private property and passing through native bush

Immediately from the car park (which can be muddy as it was when I did this hike the second time after a rain storm), the track started off wide and pretty open as it skirted the boundaries of a private farm.

For the most part, the track typically was shaded by trees on at least one side since it was practically at the edges of the Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area.

Signs were set up at each fork or trail junction to keep hikers on the path and out of the private property.

Pelverata_Falls_17_132_11262017 - The Pelverata Falls Track skirts private property per this fence
The Pelverata Falls Track skirts private property per this fence

After about 1.3km from the trailhead, I encountered a sign pointing to my right as the Pelverata Falls Track now started to leave the open fields of the farmlands and into the more fitting old growth forest of the Snug Tiers.

At that point, the trail narrowed even more with some slight overgrowth much of the way.

It was in this stretch that the area seemed like it was full of startled wallabies.

After all, I’d hear frantic rustlings in the thick bush upon my approach (they definitely knew about me coming long before I knew about the wallabies’ presence).

Pelverata_Falls_17_021_11262017 - Signed turnoff directing the Pelverata Falls Track deeper into the native bushlands beyond the boundaries of the neighbouring private pasture
Signed turnoff directing the Pelverata Falls Track deeper into the native bushlands beyond the boundaries of the neighbouring private pasture

In any case, the well-shaded forest walk continued gently climbing for the next 1.5km or so.

Eventually, the track started to climb more steeply on rocky terrain while the Pelverata Creek was more audible and close by.

Pelverata Falls Trail Description – rougher loose rock and the elusive lookout

The Pelverata Falls Track transitioned from narrow dirt into loose rocks.

Thus, the hike became even more rugged as there would be dropoffs on one side and I’d never be completely certain about how stable the loose rocks were on the track.

Pelverata_Falls_17_040_11262017 - Traversing a very loose and rocky section of the Pelverata Falls Track as it became increasingly rougher the closer to the falls I got
Traversing a very loose and rocky section of the Pelverata Falls Track as it became increasingly rougher the closer to the falls I got

It was also in this stretch of track that Slippery Falls started to come into view in the distance.

Given the rough nature of this part of the hike, it was easy to think that Slippery Falls was the Pelverata Falls, and then turn back prematurely.

Don’t make that mistake!

So I kept persisting on the rocky part of the track as I even encountered one fairly non-trivial scramble where I had to climb a small rock face as the track was severely eroded.

Pelverata_Falls_17_125_11262017 - Looking back down at a fairly steep and dicey rock scramble where the orange arrow on the tree at the topright of this photo helped provide me the hint I needed to know that I was going the right way to Pelverata Falls
Looking back down at a fairly steep and dicey rock scramble where the orange arrow on the tree at the topright of this photo helped provide me the hint I needed to know that I was going the right way to Pelverata Falls

There was an orange arrow put on a tree up above that assured me that I was not only going the right way, but it provided the hint I needed to know where to go next.

Beyond the orange arrow, the views of Slippery Falls continued to improve.

Shortly after that, the track then started descending steeply just as I was starting to hear the sounds of falling water from Pelverata Creek.

After about 125m of the steep descent, I reached the familiar lookout platform with the view up towards the Pelverata Falls.

Pelverata_Falls_17_070_11262017 - Finally making it to the lookout platform for Pelverata Falls
Finally making it to the lookout platform for Pelverata Falls

I was told that it was possible to continue the descent towards Pelverata Creek, but I didn’t bother as the sanctioned track was already rough enough.

In any case, the lookout platform allowed me to better appreciate the cliffs supporting the tall waterfall, but I was also too far up the gorge to see Slippery Falls anymore.

Since the falls was facing west, it might be better seen in the afternoon if it was sunny.

However, since I came early enough in the morning on each of my visits, the sun either didn’t penetrate through clouds or it still hadn’t breached high cliffs flanking the falls.

Pelverata_Falls_17_130_11262017 - Back within the bushland terrain after traversing through the loose rock section and approaching the private pastures en route to the Pelverata Falls Trailhead
Back within the bushland terrain after traversing through the loose rock section and approaching the private pastures en route to the Pelverata Falls Trailhead

After having my fill of the Pelverata Falls, I then climbed back up to the rocky part of the track.

After some tricky scrambling past the rock obstacles by the orange arrow, the rest of the hike was a straightforward downhill hike all the way back to the car park.

Authorities

Pelverata Falls resided in the Huon Valley near Hobart, Tasmania. It is administered by the Huon Valley Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Pelverata_Falls_17_005_11262017 - The Pelverata Falls Track started off very muddy due to some rains that had occurred prior to my second visit in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_008_11262017 - The Pelverata Falls Track then skirted the private property (the clearing on the right side) with posts keeping me on the correct path to the waterfall during my visit in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_011_11262017 - At a potentially confusing fork that I would keep right on per the sign to continue hiking to Pelverata Falls as seen in my November 2017 visit
Pelverata_Falls_17_013_11262017 - Apparently, the Pelverata Falls Track used to be called the Vincent Trail according to this sign as seen during my November 2017 visit
Pelverata_Falls_17_015_11262017 - Looking back towards the private property shrouded in some clearing fog during my November 2017 visit
Pelverata_Falls_17_017_11262017 - Still following along the Pelverata Falls Track during my November 2017 visit
Pelverata_Falls_17_026_11262017 - After the signed fork on the Pelverata Falls Track, I was now on much a narrower track through native bush as seen during my November 2017 visit
Pelverata_Falls_17_029_11262017 - A muddy section of the Pelverata Falls Track thanks to the rains prior to my second visit in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_034_11262017 - It was still somewhat low light conditions during the morning of my Pelverata Falls hike in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_037_11262017 - Further along the part of the Pelverata Falls Track well past the private property during my November 2017 hike
Pelverata_Falls_17_045_11262017 - Looking in the distance towards Slippery Falls on my November 2017 hike
Pelverata_Falls_17_056_11262017 - Context of the Pelverata Falls Track with the Slippery Falls in the distance as seen during my November 2017 visit
Pelverata_Falls_17_062_11262017 - This was the top of the tricky eroded rock scramble with the orange arrow on the tree at the topleft of this picture. This was when the Pelverata Falls Track was degenerating into more of a scramble in sections during my November 2017 visit
Pelverata_Falls_17_064_11262017 - Looking back towards the private farmlands that I had hiked around earlier on en route to Pelverata Falls in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_068_11262017 - The Pelverata Falls Track remained rough and rocky even beyond the tricky scramble during my November 2017 visit
Pelverata_Falls_17_078_11262017 - Finally, the Pelverata Falls, which was in good flow on my second visit in late November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_083_11262017 - Contextual look at Pelverata Falls from the lookout deck as seen in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_095_11262017 - Another contextual look at Pelverata Falls and the surrounding cliffs as seen during my visit in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_104_11262017 - After having my fill of Pelverata Falls in November 2017, I started the return hike by doing this steep climb
Pelverata_Falls_17_106_11262017 - Looking back at the context of Pelverata Falls with the bush track as seen in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_116_11262017 - Another look back at the Slipper Falls on my way towards the Pelverata Falls trailhead in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_140_11262017 - Back at the part where the Pelverata Falls Track skirted by the private pasture on my return hike in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_17_144_11262017 - Back at the Pelverata Falls Trailhead when I had returned to see that I wasn't the only one parked here at the end of my visit on November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_001_jx_11222006 - Signage at the trailhead for the Pelverata Falls Track as seen during my visit in November 2017
Pelverata_Falls_002_11222006 - During my November 2006 hike to Pelverata Falls, this fork in the trail didn't have the benefit of signs directing the way, but at least it was obvious enough to tell that the track kept going to the right
Pelverata_Falls_003_11222006 - The next fork in the Pelverata Falls Track also had similar signage pointing the way as seen from my November 2006 visit
Pelverata_Falls_004_11222006 - On the Pelverata Falls Track, which was now much narrower as it skirted through native bushlands well beyond the private property as seen in my November 2006 visit
Pelverata_Falls_006_11222006 - Start of that rocky last stretch before Pelverata Falls as seen during my November 2006 hike
Pelverata_Falls_009_11222006 - Context of the narrow track Pelverata Falls Track on the left with Slippery Falls barely visible way in the distance amongst the dry trees towards the top of the photo taken in November 2006
Pelverata_Falls_012_11222006 - Looking way in the distance towards Slippery Falls as seen during our visit in November 2006
Pelverata_Falls_046_11222006 - This was what Slippery Falls looked like on my first visit back in late November 2006
Pelverata_Falls_025_11222006 - This was what Pelverata Falls looked like on my first visit in late November 2006
Pelverata_Falls_029_11222006 - Similar contextual view of what Pelverata Falls looked like back in late November 2006
Pelverata_Falls_037_11222006 - Context of the Pelverata Falls Track and the private farm way in the distance as I was headed back from the falls during my visit in November 2006
Pelverata_Falls_046_11222006 - My last look back at the Slippery Falls during my return hike from Pelverata Falls in November 2006

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To drive to Pelverata Falls, I’ll describe a couple of routes from Hobart since that was how I did it.

I’ll first start with the shortest route, then I’ll discuss the longer approach which involved more highways and less narrow rural roads.

Driving from Hobart to Pelverata Falls – the direct and more rural approach

From the Hobart CBD, I took Davey St west towards the Southern Outlet (A6).

After about 9.5km, I continued following the ramp for the A6 at the interchange (now the Huon Highway).

I then continued another 10km or so before leaving the Huon Highway for the Sandfly Rd (C622) on my left at Sandfly.

Then, less than 200m on Sandfly Rd, I then turned right onto Pelverata Rd.

Pelverata_Falls_17_002_11262017 - The unsealed Crosswells Rd on the final kilometre to the car park for Pelverata Falls
The unsealed Crosswells Rd on the final kilometre to the car park for Pelverata Falls

I continued following narrow and winding Pelverata Rd for a little over 12km before I turned left onto the Crosswells Rd as directed by a Pelverata Falls sign at the turnoff.

This turnoff was roughly over 500m west of the town of Pelverata.

I then drove about 1km on Crosswells Rd before it terminated just before some gate private roads and driveways.

The car park and trailhead for the Pelverata Falls was on the left side of this dead-end against the trees.

Pelverata_Falls_17_001_11262017 - Approaching the car park for the Pelverata Falls Track and the fencing for the private farm next to it
Approaching the car park for the Pelverata Falls Track and the fencing for the private farm next to it

The time it took me to do this drive was about 45 minutes.

Driving from Hobart to Pelverata Falls – the longer but less rural approach

For the more roundabout route from Hobart to Pelverata Falls that involved more highway driving, I’d follow Davey St west towards the Southern Outlet (A6) as before.

Then, I’d follow the A6 towards the Huon Highway and continue on the A6 all the way to Huonville (about 37km from Hobart).

Just before the bridge over the Huon River, I’d turn left onto the Channel Hwy (B68) and take that for a little over 5km to the turnoff for Pelverata Rd on the left at Woodstock.

Pelverata_Falls_001_11222006 - This was what the Pelverata Falls Trailhead looked like back in November 2006 when I first hiked this track
This was what the Pelverata Falls Trailhead looked like back in November 2006 when I first hiked this track

Once on the Pelverata Rd, I’d drive another 8km east towards the Crosswells Rd, where I’d drive the remaining kilometre to the trailhead.

Note that for much of the 8km stretch between Woodstock and Pelverata, the Pelverata Rd was unsealed.

In any case, the time it took for me to drive this route was about 60 minutes.

For some geographical context, Hobart was about 39km (over 30 minutes drive) northeast of Huonville, 101km (90 minutes drive) northwest of Port Arthur, and 201km (nearly 2.5 hours drive) south of Launceston.

Checking out the lookout platform and Slippery Falls in the distance as well as the Pelverata Falls


Looking towards the pastures near Pelverata in the distance before briefly checking out the trail obstacle with the orange arrow, then finishing off with a zoom-in on the Slippery Falls

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