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Tasmap Reference: 5242 Patersonia
Updated on 07 Aug 2021
Grade 5 HikeSuitable for very experienced hikers only.
No Modification of the natural environment.
average rating of 7.6 out of 10
rated by 3 people
Situated in the Mount Barrow Falls State Reserve, Barrow Falls is a large waterfall that plunges along Bennies Creek. The waterfall has multiple tiers and it is very difficult (if not impossible) to see the entire waterfall. However it is possible to see sections of the waterfall.
Unfortunately, there is no track that leads you to Barrow Falls, nor is there any signs to indicate a waterfall is nearby. The area surrounding the Mount Barrow Falls State Reserve is private property and you will need to use a GPS to correctly guide you through the state forest to avoid trespassing. The hike commences from Mount Barrow Road and requires penetrating the forest on the north-western side of the road (please refer the the GPS file to see the route taken). The forest is dense in places, especially in the areas closer to creeks, and can be difficult to walk in the correct direction. There are also a lot of fallen trees requiring diversions to avoid the obstacles. Even though the distance to walk isn't great, walking in this forest is slow and arduous. There is a lot of climbing that has to be done as you continually go up and down over uneven terrain.
In general, you will be required to walk in an easterly direction once you're on the northen side of the private properties. The terrain to the north is very steep and it is advised to keep walking east until you are directly south of the waterfall, and then walk north. The final 70 metres of walking towards the waterfall requires very careful walking down a steep slope across a scree field full of loose rocks. This is trecherous, but unavoidable should you want to get to the base of Barrow Falls. It is at this point you get your first glimpse of Barrow Falls, albeit through the tree but it does provide more of an idea of its height. Once on the creek bed, you can only see the bottom tier of Barrow Falls clearly. The bottom tier of Barrow Falls is approximately 15 metres in height. The creek and the forest at its base is very pretty.
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Meander State Forest Reserve
Grade 4 Hike
Suitable for experienced hikers.
Grade 5 Hike
Suitable for very experienced hikers only.
Grade 2 Hike
Suitable for families with young children.
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