Photography: © 2018 Craig Doumouras

Hike and Waterfall Information

Land TenureRegional Reserve
Land Feature NameDove River Regional Reserve
Tasmap4039 Pencil Pine
GPS Coordinates-41.5715459 , 146.0273155
Road AccessUnsealed approximately 2 kms
Walking Distance4kms
Walking Time2 hours return
Grade of WalkDifficult, slippery with very steep sections

About Quaile Falls

This waterfall is on Private Property, or is accessible through Private Property.

Situated on Olivia Creek in the Middlesex, a short drive from Cradle Mountain, Quaile Falls is a large waterfall, with a plunge of approximately 90 metres. From Cradle Mounain Road (C132), access to Quaile Falls is via Dove River Road, a relatively unkept vehicle track that takes you into the waterfall area. Various unauthorised signage has been placed by volunteers to guide people where to go to access the falls, and where the walking track begins. The signs are not very large, and care will need to be taken when driving, to ensure you don't veer the wrong way.

The track is reasonably well marked with ribbons hanging from trees guiding you the way to the very top of Quaile Falls. After about 15 minutes into your hike, you will begin to hear Olivia Creek, with small cascades providing gorgeous photographic opprtunities for any enthusiast with a camera. If you leave the track and work your way to Olivia Creek, and then stroll upstream briefly, you will reach the small and gorgeous unofficially named 'Upper Quaile Falls'.

Upper Quaile Falls Upper Quaile Falls

Once you return back to the main walking track, a further 10 minutes hiking will take you to the very top of Quaile Falls. From the top of the waterfall, you get the opportunity to stand right at the cliff's edge, with stunning views into the gorge area below, and beyond. At this point you then have to negotiate your way to the base of the waterfall. This part of the hike is dangerous and slippery, with a steep climb down in many sections. It is also very unforgiving should you fall due to the track being right next to cliff faces. Extreme care should be taken.

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