Photography: © 2017 Craig Doumouras

About Pelverata Falls

Pelverata Falls is a spectacular 114 metre high waterfall only a couple of kilometres past the tiny town of Pelverata. There are no facilities at the start of the walk or at any time during the walk. The walk starts off pretty easily, passing by a private farm. About 20 minutes in, there is a signed track junction that leaves the wide trail and heads into the forest on a much narrower track. From here, the walk becomes somewhat steep as it descends up and down some small gullies over a couple of small creeks, which are very narrow and usually dry. After a while of going through dry forest, the track starts to get rockier and slightly harder to get through, as it leaves the forest and enters a steep and open valley. Slippery Falls comes into view here from across the valley.

The track than starts to get significantly harder, as there is some drop-off exposure and the trail becomes a bit hard to follow in places. However, it isn’t long until the lookout for the falls is reached. The view from the lookout is very good, however it is possible to descend down an unofficial and rough trail down to the creek, which is a nice spot for a picnic in lower flow. In low flow, it is also possible to head upstream to get to the very base of the falls. For most of the year Pelverata Falls is absolutely beautiful, however in summer the flow dwindles to a mere trickle and is a bit disappointing. That said, the cliffs in the valley are quite impressive and there are some interesting rock formations that can be seen from the both lookout and the track.

Directions

Coming from Hobart, take the Southern Outlet towards Kingston, continue along this road until a roundabout is reached in Kingston. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto the A6 towards Huonville, which is clearly signed. Continue along the A6 for around 10 kilometres, before turning left onto the C622 towards Margate. Barely 150 metres down this road turn right onto Pelverata Road. Continue along this road for just over 12 kilometres, passing through the town of Kaoota (from which Slippery Falls can be seen in the distance during high flow) before turning left onto Crosswells Road (there is a sign here telling you the way to the falls). Barely 1 kilometre later, the end of the road is reached and with it the start of the walk.

Hike and Waterfall Information

Land TenureNature Recreation Area
Land Feature NameSnug Tiers Nature Recreation Area
Tasmap5023 Huonville
GPS Coordinates-43.064357376111 , 147.140150074066
Road AccessUnsealed Road Approximately 1km
Walking Distance5.2 kms
Walking Time3 hours return
Grade of WalkModerate to Difficult
 
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