Photography: © 2018 Craig Doumouras

Hike and Waterfall Information

Land TenureFuture Potential Production Forest (Crown)
Tasmap3640 Luina
GPS Coordinates-41.4675196 , 145.4639374
Road Access1km Unsealed Road
Walking Distance1 - 2 kms
Walking Time90 minutes return
Grade of WalkEasy, with staircases

About Philosopher Falls

Philosopher Falls, situated 9km's from the township of Waratah, is a stunning multi-tier waterfall encased in gorgeous thick rain forest. Driving towards Savage River from Waratah, signage directing you to Philosopher Falls is easily seen. The car park area is about 400 - 500 metres up the unsealed road.  From there, your hike begins.

First impressions of the track is just how good it is, especially when compared to many other tracks of popular waterfalls in Tasmania. The track is a wide, gravel / stone track, that meanders it's way through the forest, before reaching a purpose built foot bridge that crosses Arthur River. The walk continues along the north-western side of the river until you reach a staircase that descends 210 steps to a lookout of Philosopher Falls.

This track, and bridges, as well as carparking area was constructed in 2010 as part of a $1,000,000 upgrade. The previous track, which took you to the base of the waterfall on the eastern side of Arthur River, is no longer maintained, not is it accessible.


  • Philosopher Falls was named after James "Philosopher" Smith, who discovered Tin in the Waratah area in 1871. It is unclear how he received the nickname "Philosopher"
  • The new track that was constructed on the north-western side of Arthur River in 2010 utilises a water race that was built decades earlier to supply water to Magnet Mine. The mine was first opened in 1894, and was closed in 1940, having produced over 38,000 tines of lead, and 227 tonnes of silver. The upgraded track takes you part way along that track.
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