Snug Falls

Snug Tiers / Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

About Snug Falls


Hiking Distance: 3.1km round trip
Suggested Time: 75-90 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-11-23
Date last visited: 2017-11-28

Waterfall Latitude: -43.08366
Waterfall Longitude: 147.21441

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Snug Falls was one of the closer waterfalls to the city of Hobart that we encountered.

It was where the Snug River fell around 25-30m into a deep and lush gorge filled with low-lying ferns, fallen logs, and fallen rocks.

Snug_Falls_17_080_11272017 - Snug Falls
Snug Falls

The river itself seemed to have had a dark tannin-like colour to it, which I’d imagine was infused from the soil of marshes further upstream.

The river made its way from the tarns and lakes of the Snug Tiers down to the protected waters of the North West Bay near the northern end of Bruny Island.

Even though the watercourse was a river by name, it was possible for the waterfall to dry up or be nothing more than a trickle during long spells without rain.

Luckily for us, in both of our visits here (once in late November 2006 and once in late November 2017), we managed to see this waterfall flow.

That said, on that second visit, we were lucky to have benefited from a couple of days of heavy rains that revived the falls after having been dry just prior to that storm.

Hiking to Snug Falls

Snug_Falls_001_11222006 - Julie walking towards the trailhead along the unsealed Snug Falls Road
Julie walking towards the trailhead along the unsealed Snug Falls Road

In order to access Snug Falls, we took a walking track that started from a parking bay just off the unsealed Snug Falls Rd (see directions below).

We had to walk about 150m along the access road before getting to the actual start of the track.

Then, after getting by a rusted little turnstile, the track proceeded to make a fairly moderate descent over a dirt track with a few surprise ankle-twisting rocks and roots strewn throughout the walk.

The descent was on a fairly moderate to gentle grade flanked by tall trees and low ferns with some flowers in bloom amongst some of the taller bushes.

At roughly 800m from the trailhead, we reached a shelter with a little bench inside to perhaps wait out a rain (though that wasn’t the case in either of our visits).

Snug_Falls_17_056_11272017 - At this point in the hike, we descended deep enough to be by harder layers of rock hinting at the geology behind Snug Falls. These cliffs also produced small alcoves and caves like this one.
At this point in the hike, we descended deep enough to be by harder layers of rock hinting at the geology behind Snug Falls. These cliffs also produced small alcoves and caves like this one.

Beyond the shed, the track descended some more as we encountered more fallen trees as well as some intriguing cliffs and mini-caves hinting at the geological forces responsible for the formation of Snug Falls.

Eventually after about 1.4km from the turnstile, the track dropped right into the Snug River, which was full of slick boulders and rocks.

The rocks allowed us to carefully scramble to the middle of the watercourse for more direct views of the impressive waterfall right across the dark plunge pool.

Whilst enjoying Snug Falls from our bouldery vantage point, we noticed that there was an additional partially-hidden upper tier though we didn’t bother looking for a way to improve our view of it.

Anyways, after having our fill of the falls, we then backtracked the way we came so the return hike was all uphill making this a sweat-inducing upside-down hike.

Snug_Falls_17_137_11272017 - Surveying the scene across the plunge pool from Snug Falls
Surveying the scene across the plunge pool from Snug Falls

Although the signage at the trailhead said it was a 2km (1 hour return) hike, according to my GPS logs, the hike was more like 2.8km round trip (3.1km round trip if you count the walk along the road), and we spent around 75-90 minutes away from the car.

Authorities

Snug Falls resided in the Snug Tiers. It is administered by the Kingborough Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Snug_Falls_17_001_11272017 - The car park next to the unsealed road about 150m before the Snug Falls trailhead
Snug_Falls_005_jx_11222006 - This was some old signage at the trailhead back in late November 2006 suggesting that the hike would be a lot shorter than it turned out to be
Snug_Falls_17_004_11272017 - Here's a more recent (as of late November 2017) look at the unsealed Snug Falls Road
Snug_Falls_17_006_11272017 - The signposted trailhead for the Snug Falls Track
Snug_Falls_17_009_11272017 - Just past the trailhead sign, we had to get past this turnstile
Snug_Falls_17_013_11272017 - Some rest benches were set up along the Snug Falls Track, which might come in handy on the mostly uphill return hike
Snug_Falls_17_014_11272017 - Some tall thin trees were growing alongside the Snug Falls Track
Snug_Falls_17_017_11272017 - Another rest bench set up alongside the Snug Falls Track
Snug_Falls_17_022_11272017 - A closer look at some of the uneven rocky terrain of the grade 3 track to Snug Falls
Snug_Falls_17_023_11272017 - More tall trees alongside the Snug Falls Track
Snug_Falls_17_024_11272017 - On my second visit to Snug Falls, I encountered some fallen trees though they were fairly trivial to get by
Snug_Falls_17_033_11272017 - More ankle-busting terrain the further down the Snug Falls Track we went
Snug_Falls_17_041_11272017 - Approaching the shelter alongside the Snug Falls Track
Snug_Falls_17_042_11272017 - This was the view looking out from the shelter
Snug_Falls_17_053_11272017 - Another fallen tree that was fairly trivial to get by on the Snug Falls Track
Snug_Falls_17_054_11272017 - By this point, we had descended deep enough to skirt alongside some of the cliffs hinting at the geology behind the Snug Falls
Snug_Falls_17_061_11272017 - Further along the descent to Snug Falls as the scenery became even more lush, damp, and mossy green
Snug_Falls_17_065_11272017 - Descending into the boulder-filled Snug River
Snug_Falls_17_137_11272017 - Finally arriving at the Snug Falls
Snug_Falls_17_070_11272017 - A closer look at the water in the Snug River revealed the maroon-like tanin-stained colour
Snug_Falls_17_099_11272017 - I also noticed some pretty neat spider webs amongst the boulders in the Snug River
Snug_Falls_17_080_11272017 - Direct look at Snug Falls from across the tanin-coloured plunge pool
Snug_Falls_015_11222006 - This was what Snug Falls looked like on our first visit back in late November 2006
Snug_Falls_17_119_11272017 - Another look across the dark plunge pool towards Snug Falls. Notice the hidden upper tier further upstream
Snug_Falls_004_11222006 - Julie chilling out and checking out Snug Falls during our late November 2006 visit
Snug_Falls_17_134_11272017 - After having my fill of Snug Falls, I started the uphill climb back to the car park
Snug_Falls_17_141_11272017 - Another look at the porous cliffs on the return hike
Snug_Falls_17_155_11272017 - Finally returning to the car park

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We accessed Snug Falls from Hobart so that’ll be the route I’m describing in this section.

From the Hobart CBD, I took Davey St west towards the Southern Outlet (A6). After about 9.5km, I then took the ramp for the Channel Hwy (B86), which then continued for about 13km into the town of Snug. Once in town, I then turned right onto the unsealed Snug Tiers Rd, which reached a fork after about 1.1km. Keeping left to go onto the Snug Falls Rd, I then followed this unsealed road for the next 2.5km before reaching the signposted car park on the left.

Even though the actual trailhead was another 150m further along the road, there was no legal parking area there so I had to park the car here then walk the remaining distance to the trailhead. Overall, it took me about 30 minutes to do this drive without traffic (40 minutes during rush hour when the kids were going to school).

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.

Right to left sweep following the tanin-colored stream before examining the falls and the surrounding cliffs

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A Huon Valley Escape to Snug Falls February 26, 2013 10:10 pm by Paul Dimmick - After staying overnight at Home Hill Beach House at Kingston Beach, take the short drive to the village of Snug. The road to the falls is signed. The bitumen runs out after about 3km so you need to be comfortable with gravel roads. From the car park it is another 500 meters walk to the… ...Read More
Snug Falls, 2009. November 15, 2010 11:02 pm by Sean Farrow - My girlfriend and I visited Snug in October of last year. It was a bit of a hike up through muddy and uneven ground, and it rained a lot. Keeping that much water off a 10mm super wide lens with a 77mm filter diameter is tricky at best. Lovely spot though, would highly recommend. ...Read More

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