Mathinna Falls

Mathinna Falls Forest Reserve, Mathinna, Tasmania

Mathinna Falls
Mathinna Falls
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Craig Doumouras

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  • public Land Tenure:
    Regional Reserve
  • timer 0.8 kms 30 minutes return
  • terrain image Suitable for families with young children.
  • directions_walk Formed track.
    Generally a modified or hardened surface. Width: 900mm or more. Well maintained with minimal intrusions
  • panorama_horizontal Clearly sign posted.
    Track head signage & route markers at intersections.
  • grade No experience required.
    Users need no previous experience and are expected to exercise normal care regarding their personal safety. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
  • clear_all No steps.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 5641 Saddleback
  • No Drones Permitted

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Mathinna Falls, located in the Mathinna Falls Forest Reserve, approximately 10 kms north of Mathinna, Tasmania, is a series of four excellent waterfalls totalling over 100 metres in height, with different difficulties to get to. The first waterfall, the easiest to access, is a short walk 15 minute return from the carpark on an established bush trail, that guides you directly to the base of the waterfall. Mathinna Falls is a very pretty waterfall, with the waterfall pictured above being having a height of approximately 25 metres.

The upper tiers of Mathinna Falls are not on the main trail, nor are they easily accessed. It is possible to scramble to the second waterfall via a steep scramble to the right of the lower falls, however getting beyond the second falls is extremely difficult and potentially dangerous. Lots of research, and extreme care is required to try and find the third and fourth waterfalls, as accessing them involves scrambling up unstable, near-vertical rock faces. 

If you're only interested in exploring the main waterfall, Evercreech Falls is located 15 km's away, and combined, makes for a terrific day of sightseeing and exploring.

Access & Facilities

Access to Mathinna Falls Forest Reserve is along rather poor forestry gravel roads. Extra care shoud be taken driving along these roads, especially in wet conditions. Although the falls can be accessed by smaller vehicles, SUV's or 4WD's are desirable.

The reserve itself is humble, with limited parking, limited bench seats and table, and an old barbeque with no gas supply (you will need kindling and a fire to use it). On site, there are eco toilets available. The hike to the waterfall is a short 15 minute return walk from the carpark, with no other tracks available from the reserve.

How to get to Mathinna Falls

From Hobart:

  • Travel north along Midland Highway, and drive past Campbell Town.
  • Turn Right onto the Esk Highway (the A4).
  • Drive to Fingal, and then turn left onto Mathinna Road. (B43)
  • Once you reach Mathinna, turn right onto Mathinna Plains Rd. Drive for about 1 km.
  • Turn right onto Claytons Road, and follow the signs to Mathinna Falls Road

From Launceston:

  • Drive to St. Leonards and turn right on St. Leonards Road (C401).
  • The road will change name to Blessington Road, and will turn into an unsealed road. Keep following the Road through the mountains.
  • Drive to Fingal, and then turn left onto Mathinna Road. (B43)
  • Once you reach Mathinna, turn left onto Mathinna Plains Rd. Drive for about 1 km.
  • Turn right onto Claytons Road, and follow the signs to Mathinna Falls Road

Image Gallery for Mathinna Falls

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Upper tier of the bottom section of Mathinna Falls
The second main waterfall
Tourists enjoying Mathinna Falls
Third falls from the base
Third and Fourth falls taken after an extremely steep climb

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