Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania
Nelson Falls is situated approximately 30kms east of Queenstown, Tasmania on the Lyell Highway, with excellent parking and walking access to the waterfall. From the carpark, the walk is picturesque, with dense rainforest which is typical of region.
One of Nelson Falls best attributes is it is suitable for wheelchair access. It's children friendly as well, making it an ideal location to visit on a road trip through Tasmania.
The walk to the waterfall has brilliant 'education signs', that challenge you to go back in time, and imagine what the area would have looked like hundreds of thousands of years ago. Along the path, the educational signs give explanations of how the habitat has evolved, and how some of the plants unique to this part of Tasmania are in fact ancient species that have managed to survive due to the cool, temperate climate that the Nelson Valley rainforests require.
The trail to the waterfall is well maintained, and access to Nelson Falls is very easy, with only a few steps along the way. Nelson Falls is a picturesque waterfall, surrounded by lush rainforest, and, like almost all waterfalls in Tasmania, is best seen during the Winter and Spring Months (June - October).
Distances are measured 'as the crows fly' and are not reflective of road distance or hiking distances.