Parsons Falls

Great Western Tiers, Tasmania

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

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  • public Land Tenure:
    State Reserve
  • timer 4 kms 2 hours return
  • terrain image Recommended for experienced bushwalkers.
  • directions_walk Rough track, many obstacles
    Generally distinct without major modification to the ground. Encounters with fallen debris and other obstacles are likely.
  • panorama_horizontal No directional signage.
    Signage is generally not provided.
  • grade Experienced bushwalkers.
    Users require a moderate level of specialised skills such as navigation skills. Users may require maps and navigation equipment to successfully complete the track. users need to be self-reliant, particularly in regard to emergency first aid.
  • clear_all Many steps.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - 4438 Lake Mackenzie
  • No Drones Permitted

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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).

Hiking Notes

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, down a steep staircase before reaching 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 formal tracks. To your left looking downstream from near the top of the falls, some pink ribbons mark the start of the route to the base of the falls, which descends steeply before coming out at the large rocks slabs and impressive pool of Parsons Falls. This walk is not recommended for unfit people, or people who lack confidence with their abiilities to negotiate steep terrain.

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