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Cathedral Falls

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

Cathedral Falls
Cathedral Falls
© 2015 - 2019 Photography: Caedence Kuepper
  • public Land Tenure:
    National Park
  • timer 2 kms 1.5 Hours (from OLT) return
  • terrain image
  • directions_walk Rough unformed track.
    No Modification of the natural environment.
  • panorama_horizontal Limited signage.
    Track head signage & route markers
  • grade Experienced bushwalkers.
    Users require a moderate level of specialised skills such as navigation skills. Users may require maps and navigation equipment to successfully complete the track. users need to be self-reliant, particularly in regard to emergency first aid.
  • clear_all Many steps.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 4236 Cathedral

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On a side creek to the Mersey River several hundred metres downstream of the popular D'Alton Falls, Cathedral Falls is a little-known and rarely visited waterfall, mainly due to it not being accessed by the track and requiring a bit of a dicey hike along the edge of a deep gorge, which eventually terminates at a precarious overlook of the waterfall. 

The falls look as if they would be a spectacular sight, with a single drop of around 40 metres, but unfortunately the only possible vantage point allows just the top part of Cathedral Falls to be seen, as trees completely drop the majority of the waterfall from the makeshift overlook across the gorge. The only way to get a closeup view of the entire falls would seemingly be via a rafting tip down the river from further upstream. 

Combined with nearby Boulder Falls, this detour from the trail may be worthwhile for the most dedicated waterfall baggers, however due to its potentially dangerous nature and the rather underwhelming views it provides of the waterfalls, it isn't recommended for most. 

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