Dead Creek Falls

Mt Lloyd, Tasmania

Dead Creek Falls
Dead Creek Falls
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Caedence Kuepper
  • public Land Tenure:
    Permanent Timber Production Zone Land
  • timer 1.3 kms 2 hours return
  • terrain image Recommended for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as navigation and emergency first aid.
  • directions_walk Rough unformed track.
    No Modification of the natural environment.
  • panorama_horizontal No directional signage.
    Signage is generally not provided.
  • 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.

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An unnoficially named waterfall with no track leading to it tucked away in the maze of back roads that link Huonville and New Norfolk, Dead Creek Falls is an interesting sloping cascade that with its 40 metre height is at least deserving of a proper name, though as a visual spectacle there are many more impressive in Tassie.

The start of the hike can be reached from two directions, either coming from Huonville or New Norfolk. Either way, there are a maze of unsigned and unsealed roads to follow and a GPS is required or it would be near impossible to stay on the correct roads. Taking the Plenty Link from the Huonville side, travel along the road until you reach a right turn onto the (unsigned) West Plenty Road which becomes Claypot Ridge Road, before turning right onto Paddys Flats Road at a bridge over Puzzle River. If you can avoid the side roads, you will arrive at Dead Creek a little while later, where there is space to pull over next to the road. Coming from the New Norfolk side, turn left straight onto Paddys Flats Road from Plenty Link, which will take you to the bridge over Puzzle River and then Dead Creek via the same route. 

Once you reach Dead Creek, scramble up the embankment just south of the creek, and you should come across an overgrown old logging road that climbs parallel to the creek and takes you towards the falls. Follow this old track up until it begins to peter out and fleeting glimpses of the falls come into view to the left. At this point, look for a good point to head into the scrub and bushbash down the steep, lose ground towards the waterfall. This is unstable ground covered with scree, and the scrub is thick, so extreme care should be taken. Eventually the scrub opens up to a large scree slope where there are direct views of the sloping waterfall, and with some careful scrambling it is possible to access the base and top of the falls. The difficulty of this hike should not be underestimated despite its relatively short distance, and it should only be attempted by those with off track experience. 

As its name suggests, Dead Creek is seasonal and the falls would likely be totally dry for much of the summer and autumn period, so to see a reasonable flow of water coming over visit after good rain.

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Contextual view of the falls from the scree slope
The impressive view looking over the falls from the top

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