Fairy Falls (Mt Wellington)

Mt WellingtonGPS Coords: -42.9086, 147.2546
Land Tenure: Wellington Park

Tasmap Reference: 5224 Taroona

Updated on 02 Jun 2021

Fairy Falls
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Grade 5 Hike
Suitable for very experienced hikers only.

3km's80 minutes return returnRough unformed track No directional signage

No Modification of the natural environment.

Unknown if dogs are permissable
Drones are not allowed
Suitable for caravans
Suitable for campervans and RV's
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About Fairy Falls (Mt Wellington)

A long forgotten waterfall tucked away on Mt Wellington/Kunanyi, Fairy Falls is a delightful little falls on a tributary to the Hobart Rivulet, with a 4-5 metre plunge in a mossy rainforest setting. A track was formerly constructed to the falls, and while this has not been maintained in decades, evidence of the old route is still visible in many places. 

To reach Fairy Falls, park at the end of Strickland Avenue and walk upstream to Strickland Falls. At the falls, take the steep trail to the right that climbs the embankment before arriving at a junction. Look for signs for the Lower Sawmill Track, and follow this for 5-10 minutes, until a point where you will see pink ribbons to the left, and a small tree in the middle of the track. The track is covered by trees that have been placed across it at the start, but if you follow the ribbons you will soon see evidence of the original route. The walk takes about 25 minutes each way to Fairy Falls, with the trail being easy to follow at times and more overgrown at others, the ribbons extremely helpful for navigation in places. In total, the walk to Fairy Falls is only about 40 minutes each way, and it is well worth the effort to find this real hidden gem on the mountain. 

If the water level in the Hobart Rivulet is too high for safe crossing at Strickland Falls, it is also possible to reach the Lower Sawmill Track from the end of Inglewood Road via the Inglewood Fire Trail, which extends the walk slightly. 

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