A Magical Nature Walk at Liffey Falls State Reserve


The Liffey Falls State Reserve is in central north Tasmania, 61 km from Launceston and 161 km from Hobart. It’s set in the cool rainforests of the Great Western Tiers Mountain Range, part of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area. While the main road is accessible, the final stretch is narrow and winding.

The reserve was established in 1956 to conserve this region’s biodiversity. Its name comes from the Liffey River that runs through it, named by Irish settlers after Ireland’s River Liffey. The land traditionally belongs to the Palawa people, Tasmania’s Aboriginal community, who maintain a deep bond with this place.

For many, Liffey Falls is one of Tasmania’s most stunning waterfalls. Surrounded by a dense rainforest filled with myrtle, sassafras, and leatherwood, it lies within the Great Western Tiers mountain range. The Liffey River cascades over four distinct falls before merging with the South Esk River. These falls—Alexandra, Hopetoun, Spout (or the Leap), and Victoria (currently referred to as Liffey Falls)—can be viewed from multiple platforms along the trail. Notably, the Liffey Falls trail is recognized as one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks.

This area is a real treat for birdwatchers, who can expect to see pink robins, green rosellas, and superb fairy wrens. Keep your eyes peeled for the unusual sight of a shy platypus or giant crayfish in the waters of the Liffey River. At dusk Tasmanian devils, quolls, bandicoots and wallabies come out to feed.Source Parks Tasmania

Visitors often walk through the rainforest to view Liffey Falls on a well-maintained track. While swimming is discouraged due to strong currents and hidden rocks, the area is ideal for photography and birdwatching. There are designated picnic areas, but camping is not allowed inside the reserve. There are camping options nearby within the broader World Heritage Area. In summary, Liffey Falls State Reserve offers a rich, natural experience where visitors can deeply connect with nature.


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