Grail Falls

Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania

Grail Falls on a foggy day
Grail Falls on a foggy day
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Craig Doumouras

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  • public Land Tenure:
    National Park
  • timer 8.5 kms 4.5 hours return
  • terrain image Recommended for experienced bushwalkers.
  • 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 Limited signage.
    Track head signage & route markers
  • grade Experienced bushwalkers.
    Users require a moderate level of specialised skills such as navigation skills. Users may require maps and navigation equipment to successfully complete the track. users need to be self-reliant, particularly in regard to emergency first aid.
  • clear_all Occasional step.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 4236 Cathedral
  • No Drones Permitted

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In the Walls of Jerusalem National Park is the exceptional Grail Falls, a very large waterfall that flows along Moses Creek. It is just south of Chapter Lake, and is an excellent area for hiking enthusiasts to explore. 

About the Hike

The hike commences at the very end of Mersey Forest Road where there is ample space to park a few cars. The Moses Creek Track commences by guiding you along the eastern side of Jacksons Creek. The area suffered bush fires in recent years, and the track is completely lost in places. New growth in the form of small ferns have sprouted everywhere, and you will need a GPS to guide you on your way. After nearly 1km of walking, you will need to cross Jacksons Creek by using the one man suspension bridge. The bridge does not have any safety wire or cages underneath the walking platform and extra special care walking along the steel beam is recommended. Once on the other side of the bridge, you will be greeted with signage advising you to clean your boots with the equipment provided to ensure no diseases enter into the World Heritage Area.

Finding the track on the western side of Jacksons Creek was also incredibly difficult due to overgrowth. There was also a distinct lack of markers throughout the track. However, with use of a GPS or a map & compass, you can walk in the general direction of the track. Once through the initial scrub, the track is recognisable. Along the hike you have to wade across at least one creek that isn't very deep, but deep enough to fill your boots with water. Be prepared to walk with wet socks along this track. The hike to Grail Falls is uphill for the most part, with a couple of steep sections to walk up. Your total climb to Grail Falls is over 400 metres, and you will reach an altitude of approximately 1000 metres above sea level. Because this is alpine area, and is subject to very changeable weather, warm clothing, and adequate supplies are a requirement when walking to Grail Falls.

Other Waterfalls near by

It is possible to also reach Meribah Falls and Horeb Falls, which are on the northern side of Chapter Lake. Reaching these waterfalls requires off track walking through rather dense scrub. Only experienced hikers should attempt reaching the other waterfalls nearby to Grail Falls.

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Crossing Jacksons Creek
Grail Falls
Grail Falls

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