Are you looking for waterfalls that are easy to access, that are not too far or too difficult to get to and picturesque enough to make it worth your while?

As a novice photographer I have always thought that waterfalls are an appealing subject. There is often a short adventure to get to the location and they are inherently beautiful and refreshing to be near. Some Tasmanian waterfalls do take a organised effort, but the pros show how wonderful a waterfall image can be.

My opinion is a waterfall must be worth the effort.

Increasingly, I am leaving the camera kit at home and learning how to capture wonderful flow with my iPhone and a few apps. So far, I have had only mixed results with photographing waterfalls with my iPhone XI. Perfect practice makes perfect.

These waterfalls are close to Hobart and in my opinion worth your time and your effort to visit. Take a gander.

Myrtle Gully Falls

Myrtle Gully Falls offers consistency across the seasons

Location: Old Farm Road, South Hobart

Distance: 2km from end of Old Farm Road

Track: Myrtle Gully Track

Track quality: Good, solid dirt walking track with minimal gradient.

Photo factor: Multi-tiered falls with bridge and easy water level access provide multiple angles. It’s an adaptable falls, that can handle changeable amounts of flow while remaining picturesque, and the surrounding foliage present different images each season.

Kid friendly and dogs permitted on the track.

Secret Falls

Secret Escape Valve
The diminutive Secret Falls

Location: Old Farm Road, South Hobart

Distance: 2km from end of Old Farm Road

Track: Myrtle Gully Track

Track quality: Good dirt walking track to the falls, before downhill “path” gets slippery and muddy leading directly to the falls. Off to the left of the track, the foot traffic has worn down what protected the path from view.

Photo factor: Very pretty, yet often narrow, 3 metre falls in secluded area. Water can pool at the base depending on flow. Due to its small stature, after a dry spell the falls may be a tad disappointing. In heavy rains can be a messy, gushing torrent.

On the same track as Myrtle Gully Falls, if you make it to the bridge at Myrtle Gully Falls, you’ve missed it. The falls are not visible from the track. Where you need to descend it is a muddy and slippery path. Be careful on the short path, or it will gladly “assist” you in descending. To best view the falls, you may need to stand in a shallow pool or current of flowing water.

Kid friendly and dogs permitted on the track.

O’Grady’s Falls

O’Grady’s Falls are 460 ft above sea level.

Location: Mt Wellington

Distance: 2.5km from Pinnacle Road entry point

Track: Betts Vale Track

Track quality: Well formed, sometimes muddy but rocky downhill/uphill track. 

Photo factor: Bridge provides obvious photo point. With a little effort you can reach the rivulet for different opportunities. Consistent flow. 

Kid friendly and dogs permitted on the track, but not the best track for dogs. 

Strickland Falls

It can be a case of flow or bust at Strickland Falls

Location: Fern Tree, Strickland Avenue

Distance: 100 metres

Track: Strickland Falls Track (no longer sign posted)

Track quality: Pretty rough, can be slippery and requires water crossing on rocks. I asked “where is the track?”

Photo factor: Needs to have a good stream of water. Best in winter for the nearby green foliage to flourish.

Kid friendly and dogs permitted on the track, but not ideal for dogs or young children due to water crossing. 

Silver Falls

The easily found and easily accessible Silver Falls just off Huon Road.

Location: Mt Wellington near Fern Tree Tavern

Distance: 1km

Track: Pinnacle Track

Track quality: Flat with a steady incline leading up to the falls. A good quality track.

Photo factor: What you see is what you get. Does not always have good water flow. Best visited after some rain.

Kid friendly and dogs permitted.

Myrtle Forest Falls

The upper section of Myrtle Forest Falls.

Location: Collinsvale

Distance: 2km, 15 minutes return from lunch shelter site.

Track: Myrtle Forest Track

Track quality: Former dirt road and rock steps. Muddy in parts.

Photo factor: Two separate tiers of falls. Viewing platform allows for safe viewing area. Closer options and different view points for the more adventurous.

Kid friendly. Dogs not allowed by decree.

Russell Falls

The fan favourite, Russell Falls.

Location: Mt Field NP

Distance: 1km

Track: Russell Falls Track

Track quality: Flat and good quality track. Walk among luscious forest greenery and ageless massive swamp gums.

Photo factor: Generally regarded as Tassie’s most accessible photogenic waterfall. Multi tiered with strong, regular flow. Spacious viewing platform, and side nooks and crannies provide various great angles. Some photographers take it upon themselves to create new angles.

Kid friendly. In a National Park so dogs are not allowed.

Horseshoe Falls

The horseshoe shaped Horseshoe Falls.

Location: Mt Field NP

Distance: 1km

Track: Horseshoe Falls Track

Track quality: 108 steps with incline but good quality track.

Photo factor: Horseshoe provides various great angles from the viewing platform. Some photographers take it upon themselves to create new angles.

Kid friendly. In a National Park so dogs are not allowed.

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For more waterfalls in your area take a look at https://waterfallsoftasmania.com.au.

Happy waterfall chasing. Cue TLC’s “Waterfalls“.

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