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Tasmap Reference: 4824 Lonnavale
Grade 5 HikeSuitable for very experienced hikers only.
No Modification of the natural environment.
average rating of 7.6 out of 10
rated by 2 people
Hidden away in the hills behind Judbury, Dora Falls is an impressive but hard-to-reach waterfall, requiring extremely tough, steep off-track hiking to make it to the 15 metre high falls.
Finding the start of the walk can be difficult enough in itself if you donât know where to look. Drive a few kilometres up Jacobsons Road from Judbury, before arriving at a small pullout on the side of the road at a sharp bend, just before the road starts to descend to Dora Creek after climbing steadily for a while up to this point. If you reach the creek crossing, youâll know youâve gone too far. Note that this is not the corner of the road that appears closest to Dora Falls on maps, and walking from that point will take you through private property.
Walk about 50 metres up the road from the pullout until you come to an old 4WD track, which for some reason is not marked on maps. Turn right onto this track and travel eastwards as it descends following pretty much a straight line initially, before bending around towards the south. After about 15-20 minutes of walking, leave the main track and head down towards Dora Creek and the falls. It is highly recommended to carry a GPS for the hike so as to make sure you head down at the right point and avoid arriving too far up or downstream of the waterfall. The descent from the track is steep most of the way down, however the steepest part is the final scramble to the base of the waterfall, where a route has to be navigated around the large cliffs and boulders lining the creek, making for an extremely dicey climb down if extreme care is not taken.
While the hike is very difficult given the steep and trackless nature of the terrain, Dora Falls is a great reward for effort if youâre up for the challenge. If you feel like continuing on further, it is also possible to access Eldon Falls by heading up a tributary to Dora Creek just downstream of Dora Falls. The hike to visit both of the waterfalls can be made into a loop of approximately 3-4 hours.
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Grade 3 Hike
Some bush walking experience recommended.
Douglas-Apsley National Park
Grade 5 Hike
Suitable for very experienced hikers only.
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