Philosopher Falls

WaratahGPS Coords: -41.4675, 145.4639
Land Tenure: Future Potential Production Forest (Crown)

Tasmap Reference: 3640 Luina

Philosopher Falls
© 2015 - 2024 Photography: Craig Doumouras

Grade 3 Hike
Some bushwalking experience recommended.

2km's1.5 hours returnFormed track, some obstacles Clearly sign posted

Formed earthen track, few obstacles. Generally a modified surface, sections may be hardened. Width: variable and less than 1200mm. Kept mostly clear.

Dogs are not allowed
Drones are not allowed
Unknown if accessible with a caravan
Unknown if accessible with a campervan or RV
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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 The previous track, which took you to the base of the waterfall on the eastern side of Arthur River, is no longer maintained, nor is it accessible.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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