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Tasmanian Waterfalls

Liffey Falls, Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Lady Barron Falls and Nelson Falls , Tasmania, Australia


A small collection of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tasmania, Australia. These falls are among top tourist destinations. The list includes Liffey Falls in Liffey Falls State Reserve, Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls in Mt Field National Park and Nelson Falls in Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Liffey Falls, one of Tasmania's prettiest waterfalls, is located in cool temperate rainforest featuring myrtle, sassafras and leatherwood near Mole Creek. The falls are understandably a popular spot among both Tasmanians and visitors alike. A nature walk leads from a picnic area near the carpark down through forests of towering eucalypts and tree ferns to the falls. A number of smaller falls are passed along the way. The Liffey Falls walk trail passes through towering eucalypts and massive tree ferns and there are lookout points along the way at different levels of the falls. The final descent to the base of the falls is quite steep, but generally this is a fairly easy walk, suitable for all ages. Access to the track from Mole Creek is via Deloraine or Western Creek to Lake Highway, turning left into Riversdale Road and following the signs. The road in to the upper carpark is unsealed and narrow, with sharp bends.

Russell Falls is one of Tasmania's most treasured places and the most photographed waterfall in Tasmania. Russell Falls are located on the eastern boundary of Mount Field National Park, in Tasmania, Australia. Its three elegant tiers, framed by lush vegetation, have attracted visitors for well over a hundred years. They were first named the Brownings Falls after the original discoverer, c.1856, but were known as the Russell Falls after 1884, by which time they were already a popular tourist attraction. In 1885 Russell Falls became Tasmania's first nature reserve, while Mount Field was declared a national park in 1916. In 1899 the Russell Falls were selected as one of eight images to be used on a set of pictorial postage stamps, aimed at promoting the then colony's growing tourist industry.

Horseshoe Falls are located 100 metres (330 ft) upstream of Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park, in Tasmania, Australia.

How to get to Russell and Horseshoe Falls. Leave the Lyell Hwy (A10) at Gordon River Rd (B61) about 52km northwest of Hobart. Then follow the Gordon River Rd westbound for about 23km to the Lake Dobson Rd. Once on Lake Dobson Rd, it is a short drive to the car park for Russell Falls.

Lady Barron Falls is a cascading waterfall located within a few kilometres of Russell Falls in the Mount Field National Park. The waterfall is named after Lady Clara Barron - the wife of Sir Harry Barron, Governor of Tasmania from 1909 to 1913. The easiest access is by driving past the Russell Falls Visitor Center and going up the unsealed Lake Dobson Road towards the car park for the Tall Trees Walk.

Nelson Falls are located besides the Lyell Highway, which connects between Queenstown And Hobart. The Falls are about 20 minutes from Queenstown. The track to the falls is well built and maintained, and is a easy 20 minute walk each way. Getting to this waterfall is pretty straight forward as it's right off the Lyell Highway (A10) 27km east of Queenstown and 233km west of Hobart. The car park was well signposted. However, park fees applied through the self-help payment kiosks at the car park.