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Three short walks: Waterfalls in the Huon Valley and The Channel

30 December 2011 No Comment

Day trip from Hobart - Snug Falls Tasmania
Waterfall lovers will find plenty within a one day trip from Hobart. They are always best visited after rain, but the downside is that the track to reach them will be muddier. Pack your boots, camera, water and snacks and hit the trails to these three lovely short walks as part of a 1 day tour based in Hobart.

In order of difficulty:

Snug Falls

The small village of Snug lies on the Channel Highway about half an hour from Hobart. The right turn to the Snug Tiers Recreation Area and Snug Falls is signposted and close to the centre of town. The road to the falls parking area is mostly gravel and narrow, but bays are provided to allow passing.

This walk is on a well-maintained path, takes only 45 minutes return and anyone with reasonable mobility could do it. You won’t need any special gear for this one. Stroll down the hill through dry forest and wildflowers, the air filled with bird noises. The falls themselves are tall and pretty. Beware the slippery rocks below. Park benches are thoughtfully provided along the path as you climb back up the hill.

Pelverata Falls

The track to Pelverata Falls starts at the end of Crosswell Road in Pelverata. Take the Sandfly turnoff on the Huon Highway as you drive south from Hobart, and follow the signs to Pelverata.

The sign says it takes three hours return, and that the track is steep and rough. However, I found it took less than that and wasn’t a difficult walk aside from one section of ‘rock scree’, a hillside covered in loose rocks. The first, very easy section of track runs behind some private farms, then turns right into some dry open forest, followed by a cool pocket of rainforest. At the end of the track is a viewing platform looking up at 81 metre high falls and the spectacular rocky cliffs opposite.

Billy Browns Falls

Billy Brown’s Falls has been at the centre of a fight by local conservation groups to stop planned logging of the West Wellington area, so get there while you still can.

As you cross the bridge south of Huonville, turn right to Judbury then follow Judds Creek Road for about 11.5km. The drive from Hobart takes an hour. The Huon Trail guidebook says the walk is signposted, but either we missed the signs or they have been removed. A hand-scrawled sign marked the start of the track.

It’s only a short walk, 1.5 hours return, up a hill that’s steep in places, then down to the falls and the same in reverse. There are some very tall trees and lovely rainforest to walk through. Some sections of the track were muddy. At the end, you’ll be rewarded with water roaring over rocks into clear pools below.

All of these walks are listed in the Huon Trail guidebook available from tourist information centres, or download it from the  Huontrail website

Susan Moore lives in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. She shares a glimpse of daily life in Tasmania, as written by a “blow in” from the mainland, on her fascinating site Houn View. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive her regular articles.

Image: wit*chazel via Flickr

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