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Kia Ora Falls

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

Kia Ora Falls
Kia Ora Falls
© 2015 - 2019 Photography: Caedence Kuepper
  • public Land Tenure:
    National Park
  • timer 1.5 kms 1.5 hours (from OLT) 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 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 Many steps.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 4236 Cathedral

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From below the bridge near Kia Ora Hut on the Overland Track, Kia Ora Creek descends over a near-constant series of small cascades and waterfalls, culminating in the impressive 15 metre high Kia Ora Falls. The name Kia Ora Falls is often incorrectly attributed to the uppermost 3-4 metre high drop below the bridge that is a popular swimming hole in summer for hikers staying at the nearby hut, however the actual falls are far harder to reach, requiring an off track hike of about 750 hundred metres through button grass plains and often thick scrub beside the creek. Even if you make it through the scrub, there is still a very nasty scramble down the bank of the creek to reach the base of the waterfall, making this a detour that is probably not recommended for any but the most dedicated waterfall baggers, especially given it would likely come at the end of the day after climbing Mt Ossa or Pelion East on the main track. The upper cascades are very worthwhile for a cold swim in summer, however, and retain a good flow of water year round. 







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