Detention Falls

Sisters Creek, Tasmania

Detention Falls
Detention Falls
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Craig Doumouras
  • public Land Tenure:
    Conservation Area
  • timer 2.2 kms 1 Hour return
  • terrain image Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience.
  • 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) - 3645 Milabena

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Detention Falls is a moderately large waterfall flowing on Detention River in Tasmania's north west region. Situated in the Detention Falls Conservation Area, the waterfall is publicly accessible for everyone to visit. However, a large viewing platform high on the cliffs that face Detention Falls has been destroyed, and Parks and Wildlife has closed the viewing area.

How to get to Detention Falls

Approximately 10km's south from Sisters Beach on the Tasmanian North-west coast, Detention Falls can be accessed by driving south along Myalla Road, and then turning right onto the unsealed but well graded Hawleys Road. Drive for about two kilometres along this road until it forks in two, and park in a small pullout on the right. A makeshift sign reading "falls track" on a gate marks the start of the walk. Go through the gate, ensuring you close it behind you, and walk along the fence line until you reach the next gate. Climb over the next gate, and continue walking until you reach the start of the Conservation Area.

From this point, the track is quite recognisable, however there are not many markers or ribbons around to guide you towards Detention Falls. The hike is quite easy, slowly working its way downhill towards the area where the old viewing platform once was. After about 30 minutes walk you will reach the cliffs where you will be able to view Detention Falls.


A GPS is recommended.  Should you find yourself off track, the bush is very thick, making it difficult to find your way back to the track.

The cliffs where you can view Detention Falls are not very safe, and as per signage in the area, you access the waterfalls at your own risk.  This walk is NOT suitable for children.

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Warning signs at the start of the hike
Signage for Detention Falls
The closed off lookout area where the viewing platform used to be

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