Photography: © 2018 Craig Doumouras

Hike and Waterfall Information

Land TenureConservation Area
Land Feature NameDetention Falls Conservation Area
Tasmap3645 Milabena
GPS Coordinates-41.0040395 , 145.5258337
Road AccessUnsealed Road for 3 kms
Walking Distance
Walking Time1.5 hours return
Grade of WalkEasy to Moderate

About Detention Falls

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 publically 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.

Viewing Area Closed
Warnings of the dangers within the 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 Hawleys Road. Hawleys Road is a well graded unsealed road, but there is very little in the way of signage to indicate where you should park your car and commence your walk. A small access way through farm land is your way through, and a small gate with ribbon tied to it is the only indication you have. 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.

Viewing Area Closed
The start of the Detention Falls Conservation Area.

From this point, the track is quite recognisable, however no markers or ribbons are around to guide you towards Detention Falls. The hike is quite easy, slowly working its way uphill towards the area 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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