Eight waterfalls in one small corner of Tasmania -- now that's spectacular countryside! Three of the walks listed below are in close proximity near Lemonthyme Lodge at Moina and can all be accessed on one 2.5 hour walk from the Lodge. Arm River Falls are near Lake Rowallan, Enchanted Falls, Pencil Pine Falls and Kyvet Falls are all at Cradle Valley. Hogg Creek Falls are near Lower Barrington.
Arm Falls: The Arm River Falls are a 10-minute walk from the Forest Education Centre just south of Lake Parangana. An easy 20 minute walk. There is also a 45-minute loop rainforest walk nearby.
How to get there: Take the C136 (Claude Rd) south from Sheffield and past Gowrie Park turn left onto Olivers Rd. Follow that until it ends at Mersey Forest Rd (C138 then C171) and head south past lake Parangana. Take a right turn into Maggs Road after crossing the Arm River. The road is unsealed for the last kilometre. The start of the Arm River Track is further along Maggs Road, which provides access to Mt Pillinger and Lake Ayr on the Overland Track Bridal Veil, Champagne and No Name Falls
All three falls are on one 2.5-hour return walk from Lemonthyme Lodge at Moina, on the way to Cradle Mountain.
The Bridal Veil Falls cascade 20 metres into Bulls Creek. In full flow, they form a rectangular curtain of water. At lower flows, it forms a series of vertical columnar strands draping the underlying rock wall. The walk leaves Lemonthyme Lodge and at first follows a four-wheel-drive track past the manager’s residence, uphill. After about 40 minutes the walk levels out then descends. As the descent begins, there is a spur to Champagne Falls. Continue past this to get to Bridal Veil Falls – the track loops around to reconnect to the Champagne falls anyway.
Champagne Falls are a teaming cascade of 15 metres into a mossy and shaded area of Bulls Creek. To get there, take the same four-wheel drive track from Lemonthyme Lodge past the manager’s residence. The first 40 minutes is uphill, then the track flattens out before the descent. As the descent begins, note a sign-posted track to the right for the direct route to Champagne Falls (if you don’t want to go on to Bridal Veil Falls first). The direct track to Champagne falls is steep. There is interesting interpretative signage along the tracks. Staff at Lemonthyme Lodge ask that you register your walk with them.
Enchanted Falls: This walk starts just inside the entrance to Cradle Mountain National Park, opposite Cradle Mountain Lodge. It is a 15-minute return walk on boardwalk, suitable for all ages and fitness levels and those with a mild physical disability. You need to have a valid parks pass.
Hogg Creek Falls: This little-known waterfall system includes about five separate cascades. The main waterfall is about 5 metres high. This is a seasonal waterfall and the best time to view it is June-October. The track to the falls passes through private land so please be considerate of the kind land owners who allow public access. The track is not well maintained and in patches is overgrown, so may not be suitable for children. Across the creek is a bridge to walk above the waterfall but this bridge is in disrepair and should not be used. The walk is about 400 metres and takes about 20 minutes, return. To get there, take Lower Barrington Rd north from Lower Barrington for about 2km and turn left onto the C144 (Lake Paloona Road). About 2km along this road is a sweeping right-hand bend downhill across a creek with a small farm dam. About 100 metres after the road begins uphill again, is a small car parking space on the right (north side of the road) and a stile and a metal gate. Climb over this and cross the paddocks. At the far side you will see an ”Arboretum’’ sign and the track leading to the falls.
Pencil Pine Falls: Pencil Pine Falls is a very attractive fall, a mere 100 metres downstream from the bridge, at the entrance to the Cradle Mountain National Park. Further down Pencil Pine Creek, is Knyvet Falls, a small fall of possibly 5 metres or less. A short stroll of about 30 minutes return, can take in both falls. Just follow the nature track.