Mathinna Falls Forest Reserve, Mathinna, Tasmania
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 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.
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Distances are measured 'as the crows fly' and are not reflective of road distance or hiking distances.