8 Waterfalls in Tasmania to Chase on Your Next Adventure
Take a dip or simply marvel at the beauty of the best waterfalls in Tasmania.
From towering majestic cascades to gently bubbling swimming holes, there’s something brain-cleansing and relaxing about visiting a waterfall. There are over 250 waterfalls in Tasmania, so if you want to check one out, our southernmost state is the place to go.
Because Tassie has so many different options, from waterfalls you hike to and others just a short drive away from Hobart, on any given trip to Australia’s most Southern state you can tick off seeing waterfalls, no matter how long you’re island-side for.
We’ve rounded up eight of the best-known and local favourite waterfalls in Tasmania for you to chase on your next adventure.
If high drama is what you’re looking for, then a trip to Montezuma Falls has got to be on your list. Situated in the north-west of the state near the town of Rosebery, at 104 metres it’s the highest waterfall in Tasmania and is a seriously impressive sight – especially from the suspension bridge.
A bonus of a visit to Montezuma Falls is that you have to tick off one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks to get there. Start at the trailhead off Williamsford Road and you’ll find an easy, open rainforest track that follows the old tramway. At about 11.5km return, it should take you about three hours to complete. A word of warning: it rains here for over 300 days a year, so while the track is easy to navigate, it can be muddy and sticky with clay.
Williamsford Road, Rosebery
Located in the north of Tasmania near the charming town of Deloraine is the stunning Liffey Falls, one of the most visited waterfalls in Tasmania. Liffey Falls is technically a group of stunning multi-tiered cascades – Alexandra Falls, Hopetoun Falls, Albert Falls and Victoria Falls (Victoria Falls is the one commonly known as “Liffey Falls”).
There are two ways to see them: either the easy 45-minute return walk from the top carpark (which is ranked among Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks) or a longer walk from the bottom car park, which is a longer track and not as well-formed.
Locals recommend you visit Liffey Falls between July-September, as the falls are extra impressive after the rainiest months.
Riversdale Road, Liffey
For a truly unforgettable experience, plan a visit to Lovers Falls on the west coast of the state. While it’s hardly one of the biggest waterfalls in Tasmania, it’s the journey to see it that makes Lovers Falls so special.
It’s only accessible by canoe, kayak or a locally-run boat cruise. Travel about 4km downstream on the still, tranquil waters of the Pieman River and you’ll come across stairs leading up out of the water. From there, it’s a very short walk to find the pretty waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest.
Near Corrina, West Coast
If you want a hike with the reward of a waterfall dip at the end, put Parsons Falls on your list of must-visit waterfalls in Tasmania.
Located in a remote alpine region in the Central Plateau area of the state, Parsons Falls has an amazing turquoise swimming hole that looks beautifully out of place compared to the granite boulders surrounding it.
To get there, take the trail from the carpark on Lake Mackenzie Road – it’s a relatively easy walk, but does contain some steep stairs and a bit of scrambling at the end to get to the swimming hole itself. It’s also not very well marked, so keen walkers suggest downloading a map before you head out on this 3.5km return hike.
Lake Mackenzie Road, Caveside
If you’re in Hobart and want to see a waterfall, lucky for you there’s several easily accessible options nearby. Silver Falls, on the Pipeline Track walk on Mount Wellington / kunanyi, is the perfect little detour – an easy walk from the trailhead, you’ll follow flat (but often muddy!) track shaded by ferns for just over 1km before you divert uphill to the waterfalls.
A very easy and peaceful stroll, as a bonus the trailhead is located opposite the Fern Tree Hotel, so you can enjoy a cheeky pub lunch once you return.
Huon Road, Fern Tree
One of the most-photographed waterfalls in Tasmania, Russell Falls is located in Mount Field National Park, about a 70-minute drive from Hobart. It’s easy to reach via a sealed 1.4km trail leading from the visitors centre on Lake Dobson Road.
This walk consists of three waterfalls – Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls before finishing up with Lady Barron Falls. This trail is known as the Three Falls Circuit and is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks.
You’ll wander through huge mountain ash trees – the tallest flowering trees in the world – before reaching the stunning Russell Falls. If you go later in the day, you might be able to see the glow worms that light up a grotto just near the waterfall.
66 Lake Dobson Road, Mount Field
Dip Falls is one of the most intriguing waterfalls in Tasmania, unique in its appearance thanks to the basalt rock columns the water seems to bounce down. When Dip Falls is at its peak, it’s incredibly impressive – huge in size as well as decibels, it positively roars when enough water is cascading down.
For this reason, it’s best to visit Dip Falls in winter when the weather is at its most rainy. There’s two ways to see it – an accessible short track from the carpark will take you to a viewing platform which gives you a great vantage point of the falls from the top.
Once you’ve taken this in, backtrack to the carpark and take the alternative trail down steep stairs to the base of the falls. Both of these walks are fairly easy, and both are big in payoff.
Dip Falls Road, Mawbanna
A local favourite, Halls Falls is situated near the town of Pyengana in the north-east of the state. A small but stunning waterfall, you can reach it by taking the easy trail (it does get a little steep towards the bottom) down to the falls.
Unlike some of the bigger, powerful waterfalls in Tasmania, Halls Falls is peaceful and gentle – and not slammed with tourists either. If it’s hot, take a dip in the swimming hole - you might even see a platypus!
Anchor Road, Pyengana