Great Western Tiers, Tasmania
In the alpine region of the Central Plateau, behind the Great Western Tiers, is Parsons Falls. At 1030 metres above sea level, Parsons Falls is subject to snow and ice any time of the year, making it treacherous during winter. In warmer weather, it makes for a decent small walk that can be accomplished in a few hours (if you're fit and agile).
There are a number of different routes that can be taken to Parsons Falls. For our trip, we decided to access the waterfall from the southern side. From Lake Mackenzie Road, just 150 metres from Lake Mackenzie itself, is a vehicle track on the right. A short drive up this track is a gated area, where the walk begins. On this walk there are various other tracks that can be taken by hikers wishing to explore more of the Central Plateau. To reach Parsons Falls, follow the walk along the vehicle track for approximately 2kms. You will reach an intersection with some 'channels' of flowing water beside you. You must turn right, and head northwards towards Fisher River. Your walk will take you along largeside large pipelines. Follow the pipleines, accessing the walkways where possible until you reach Fisher river. Once you reach the river, you need to walk downstream a short distance to reach the very top of Parsons Falls. Access to the bottom of the waterfalls is tricky and hazardous, due to the steepness of the terrain, and the lack of tracks. You will need to negotiate either side of the river, through the bush and cliffs, to eventually work your way to the bottom. This walk is not recommended for unfit people, or people who lack confidence with their abiilities to negotiate steep terrain.