Hutchisons Falls

Mt Wellington, Tasmania

Hutchisons Falls (lower)
Hutchisons Falls (lower)
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Caedence Kuepper
  • public Land Tenure:
    Wellington Park
  • timer 10 kms 9 Hours 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 No steps.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 5024 Longley

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A very large but incredibly hard-to-reach waterfall, Hutchisons Falls tumbles down a series of drops totalling over 80 metres in height in the hills behind Crabtree. The falls can be seen in the distance from the road, but getting closer requires an extremely long and gruelling day hike. 

There is no track to the falls, and reaching them requires either a hike up the creek, or along the East West Trail that crosses the plateau above the falls. Although this track gets you within a few kilometres of the falls, a lengthy off track walk through the swampy and scrubby upper sections of the creek is still required to make it to the top of Hutchisons Falls. Once at the top, it is possible to descend to the base of the falls via a gully 200 metres to the south of the creek, but great care must be taken due to the cliffs and steep terrain of the region. There are other tracks that get you closer to the falls in the area, but they pass through gated off private land and are not publicly accessible.

The hike up Rocky Creek is not recommended, especially in times of of high flow, as the creek has to be crossed numerous times due to the steepness of the banks, requiring you to wade through fast flowing water that often reaches up to waist height in times of high flow. There are also a number of cascades and waterfalls in the creek that must be climbed around, often requiring very dicey scrambling over slippery rocks. Finally, there is an extremely steep climb up the unnamed Hutchisons Falls Creek after its split with Rocky Creek, following an almost constant series of cascades before arriving at the base of the Hutchisons Falls.

The falls themselves are hard to see clearly even once you reach the base, as the two main tiers can not be seen clearly without wading into the middle of the creek at the lower falls (pictured at the top of this page) which may be possible in lower flows but is all but impossible in high flow. Regardless of which option you take in attempting the hike, a GPS and emergency equipment is required in this rugged area of Southern Tasmania. 

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Rocky Creek Cascade
Rocky Creek Cascade
Hutchisons Falls Middle section
Falls from a distance

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