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Hartnett Falls

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

Hartnett Falls
Hartnett Falls
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Caedence Kuepper
  • public Land Tenure:
    National Park
  • timer 1.5 kms 45 minutes (from OLT) 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 Clearly sign posted
    Track head signage & route markers at intersections.
  • 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 Many steps.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 4235 Du Cane

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For many people, Hartnett Falls are the most impressive of the waterfalls that can be seen on the world-famous Overland Track. The falls drop 20 metres into a narrow gorge, and in times of high flow in winter and spring produce enough mist to soak onlookers standing even 100 metres away. By contrast, in the summer months when the waterflow is lower, the pools at the base and top of the falls become great swimming holes to cool off in.

The falls can be seen by taking a detour from the main trail on the fifth day of walking along the Overland Track (coming from Cradle Mountain). This well-marked track descends to the top of the waterfall, before narrowing as it continues more steeply on to the falls’ base. There is one potentially difficult stream crossing along the way, however the effort is well worth it to view Hartnett Falls, which are just about a must-see for anyone hiking the Overland Track. 

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