McCoy Falls

Never Never, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

McCoy Falls
McCoy Falls
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Caedence Kuepper

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  • public Land Tenure:
    National Park
  • timer 6 kms 4 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 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 Many steps.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 4235 Du Cane
  • No Drones Permitted

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In the middle of the Never Never, a mostly trackless 6km valley through the Mersey River linking Cradle Mountain to Walls of Jerusalem, is McCoy Falls, a beautiful wide waterfall that is a great reward for the hours of scrub bashing required to reach it. The falls drop about 10 metres, and while the photo on this page was taken in a dry summer, in winter they would be impressively wide and powerful.

Reaching McCoy Falls is extremely difficult, however. As mentioned before, the Never Never has no official trail through it, and while at times there are faint pads to follow for the most part the hike upstream from Hartnett Falls is a difficult scrub bash, made even harder if the river is flowing high and impossible to cross without finding a suitable fallen log. The hike to McCoy Falls takes about 2 hours one way coming from this direction, and while in theory it would be possible to do it as a return side trip from the Overland Track, the thick scrub in this section of the walk in particular makes this a detour that would not be recommended, and most people who visit McCoy Falls do so on their way either towards Junction Lake or the Overland as part of a greater loop walk. The hike between McCoy Falls and Junction Lake become significantly easier, as it leaves the scrub for much of the route and instead heads across open, albeit very boggy, plains. 

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McCoy Falls from the northern bank.

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