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Adamsons Falls

Quite short walk to an attractive waterfall. Some attractive forest sections. Note that the waterfall is inside the Southwest National Park. This is not noted on the walk signage. The walk starts outside the National Park.

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Features

Forest, waterfall.

Difficulty

Easy

Distance

Altitude

Climb/Fall

Time

Gear Code

6.5km

300m - 500m

200m/200m

2 hrs

B

Access from

Dover

Distance from
Dover/Hobart/Huonville

20km / 104km / 65km

Road Directions

The Hasting (4819) 1:25,000 map is useful for navigating the forest roads and walks in this area.

(I note that there may have been changes to the road arrangements in this area. If you find the road gated, then access may have to be from Hastings Caves, as per the alternative below.)

Drive through Dover, and proceed approximately 7km south of the town to a turnoff to the right into Old Hastings Rd. The turnoff appears quite suddenly. Look for it after passing the gated Creekton Rd. After a short distance, this road is gated and you divert right into the Darcy Link Rd. After about 4km, you arrive at the junction of Creekton Rd. Turn left, and drive around 3.5km to the Duckhole Lk track start. Continue past this point. After about 0.7km, the road splits into three. Take the central main track. After about a further 1.5km, an intersection to the right should be taken. This turn is signed, but the sign is visible when approaching from the opposite direction, rather than coming direct from Dover. Drive along this road, avoiding the left turn, and up a steep hill to the end, where signs indicate the start of the track.

ALTERNATIVELY: Drive towards Hastings Caves along the main road, following the signs. Drive past the thermal pool and visitors' centre for about 4km, then turn right into Chestermans Rd. Follow this steeply uphill to the T junction and turn left. Follow the road to the end as above.

Road Types

Sealed to the turnoff into Old Hastings Rd, then 12km of reasonable dirt road. Some risk of puncture from sharp stones. The last steep hill is a little slippery in wet conditions.

Description

The walk starts out slightly downhill and level through regrowth forest, with a couple of small boggy sections. After a while it starts to climb gradually, and the forest becomes more attractive, with moss and more rainforest-type plants. Most of the track is damp, but it is not too wet underfoot. The track steepens, and then undulates a little just before the final climb to the falls.

The falls can be accessed at several levels, but are most attractive at the upper level, where the largest drop falls into a narrow chimney in the cliffs. You can stand under the water falling around 50m if you wish. This is quite attractive. The upper fall may be difficult to access if water flow is high, as it requries ducking around some vegetation right next to the rock bed, however the falls will be spectacular if you can get there after heavy rain.

Safety

Few problems. Some chance of children becoming lost if left to their own devices. Make sure children know to stop if unsure of their whereabouts, and preferably to stay in contact with an adult. Adults too should be careful not to lose the track at a couple of points.

Maps

1:25,000 Hastings (4819) sheet; 1:100,000 Huon (8211) sheet.

Facilities

Nil

Nearby items of interest

Hastings Caves, Duckhole Lake, Southport, South Cape Bay.

History

None available.

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