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Do go chasing waterfalls⁠—there’s something so rejuvenating about finding them! The best time to go is after a bit of rain (be careful of slippery surfaces though).

We’ve listed five wonderful walks to waterfalls south of Hobart.


Before you go, please read the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service safety guidelines, check current conditions, and adequately prepare for your walk. On your adventure, please stick to pathways, take only photos, leave no trace, and don’t feed the wildlife.

All walks within Tasmania’s national parks require a valid Parks Pass.


1. Snug Falls

Access via: Snug Falls Road, Snug
Walk time/distance: 1 hr/2 km return

The popular walk to Snug Falls gradually descends through pleasant bushland to the cool, fern-lined gully beneath the waterfall. Pause at some great lookout points along the way and take in the view of the bush. Dogs are allowed on-lead.

Birders, keep an eye out for eastern spinebills, yellow-throated honeyeaters, green rosellas, strong-billed honeyeaters, and the pretty pink robin. Native orchards bloom in spring and summertime.

2. Pelverata Falls

Access via: Crosswells Road, Pelverata
Walk time/distance: 2 hrs/6km return

Pelverata Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania, plunging 114 metres at the head of a large gorge in the Snug Tiers Nature Reserve. The falls are best seen in winter (they are sometimes completely dry in summer and early autumn).

Bushwalking experience is advantageous, as the track has some narrow bits, winds through some small gullies which can be wet and muddy, and also involves some steep scrambling in the rockiest parts. Along the way, keep an eye out for Slippery Falls in the distance. The view of Pelverata Falls from the lookout, rugged cliffs, and gorge scenery are worth the effort!

3. Billy Brown Falls

Access via: Judds Creek Road, Judbury (4WD recommended)
Walk time/distance: 1.5 hr/2.5 km return

Billy Browns Falls are nestled in the hills of the Huon Valley, on the northern side of Judbury. The tiered waterfall drops about 30 metres over an unusually-shaped drop. The walk to the falls winds through dry and wet sclerophyll forest. Some parts of the track are narrow, steep and rocky. Along the way, keep an eye out for fungi (macro photographers will have fun).

4. Arve Falls

Access via: Hartz Road, in the Hartz Mountains National Park
Walk time/distance: 20 min/1 km return

Arve Falls is a pretty waterfall located within the Hartz Mountains National Park. The track follows the path of the Arve River to the viewing platform. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through alpine herbfield and snowgum woodland, with highlights including a variety of wildflowers, silver banksia and Tasmanian snow gum.

Other short walks nearby that offer a glimpse into the dramatic, glacier-carved landscape of the park include Waratah Lookout and Lake Osborne.

5. Adamsons Falls

Access: Chestermans Road, Strathblane
Walk time/distance: 2 hrs/6 km return

Adamsons Falls is located on the eastern edge of the Southwest National Park. The track gradually climbs through rainforest to the scenic waterfall. The falls are accessible at different levels and look most impressive from the top. The track can get muddy and slippery, so do take care.



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Snug Falls | Jess Bonde

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