Franklin Tarn Falls

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania

Franklin Tarn Falls
Franklin Tarn Falls
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Caedence Kuepper
  • public Land Tenure:
    National Park
  • timer 38.4 kms 3 Days 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 Very experienced bushwalkers.
    Users require previous experience in the outdoors and a high level of specialised skills such as navigation skills. Users generally require a map and navigation equipment to complete the track. Users need to be self-reliant.
  • clear_all Many steps.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 4233 Rufus
  • file_download
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Flowing out of one of the tarns forming the headwaters of the Franklin River is this unnamed waterfall, which slides over a large granite slope on its way towards Lake Hermione. 

Getting to the waterfall is extremely difficult, requiring a three day hike, much of which is in very rugged off track terrain. It is far from an impressive falls either, and isn't really a destination worthy of visiting on its own, but rather just worth checking out when exploring the far more interesting features of the area, such as Orites Falls or the Cheyne Range. 

The falls can be accessed by following the creek up from Lake Hermione, which itself takes pretty much a full day of hiking (6-7 hours minimum) to reach from Lake St Clair. There is a lot of scrub around the falls making the final part of the approach pretty scrappy, especially on the southern side of the creek, so it's best to hike in via the northern side. 

For more detailed information about the full route of the walk, check out the Orites Falls page. 

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