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Billy Browns Falls

Judbury, Tasmania

Billy Browns Falls
Billy Browns Falls
© 2015 - 2018 Photography: Caedence Kuepper
  • public Land Tenure:
    Conservation Area
  • timer 2.2 kms 1.5 Hours return
  • terrain image
  • directions_walk Formed track, some obstacles
    Formed earthen track, few obstacles. Generally a modified surface, sections may be hardened. Width: variable and less than 1200mm. Kept mostly clear.
  • panorama_horizontal Sign posted.
    Track head signage & route markers at intersections and where track is indistinct.
  • grade Some bushwalking experience recommended.
    Users need no bushwalking experience and a minimum level of specialised skills. Users may encounter natural hazards such as steep slopes, unstable surfaces and minor water crossings. They are responsible for their own safety.
  • clear_all Occasional step.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 4824 Lonnavale
  • near_me
    Coordinates:
    -42.91539, 146.98739
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In the hills above Judbury is the impressive Billy Browns Falls, a tall waterfall dropping about 30 metres over an unusually shaped multi-segmented drop. The falls usually have at least some water flowing, however during summer this flow is often reduced to an unspectacular trickle, making this a waterfall best visited after rain in the winter and spring. 

Potentially the most difficult part about getting to Billy Browns Falls is negotiating the road to the carpark. To reach the falls, you have to take Judds Creek Road out of Judbury, and while this road is fine for the majority of the drive up it, the final few kilometres become very rough, with large potholes and rocks obstructing progress. In a 4WD there should be no problems, but driving to the track in a 2WD is not recommended, although it is possible with care. 

Once you reach the start of the trail, it is a moderate 90 minute return walk to Billy Browns Falls. The first section of the track is wide and easy, however it soon narrows and becomes more difficult as it heads up the often slippery hillside, gaining close to 150 metres in elevation before reaching the highpoint of the track. From here, the track becomes narrower and rockier as the it skirts the edge of a steep hillside, becoming steeper as it descends down to the base of the falls, which are reached after a 45 minute walk. 

Billy Browns Falls had been central in a fight to prevent logging in the West Wellington Area, but in 2013 was added to the Russell Ridge Conservation Area. This has lead to works to improve the track, including the addition of new signage at the start of the walk where previously the trailhead had been marked only with small hand drawn signs. 


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