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Updated on 16 Oct 2021
Grade 5 HikeSuitable for very experienced hikers only.
No Modification of the natural environment.
average rating of 7.4 out of 10
rated by 3 people
Situated on Ration Tree Creek is a very large waterfall that somewhat bizarrely is not marked on maps at all, despite being just a 500 metre walk from Olivers Road. The unnoficially named Ration Tree Falls plunge 30 metres over a wide, overhanging cliff, and is very much worth the short off track hike required to reach it.
To find Ration Tree Falls, park at pullout just before (coming from Mole Creek) Olivers Road bends sharply to cross Ration Tree Creek. On the eastern side of the creek, some ribbons tied to the Ration Tree Creek sign mark the start of the walk, which begins right behind the sign. As of 2021, the route towards the falls is well marked with ribbons, and in some places a pad has begun to develop. For the most part, the route heads through buttongrass plains above the creek, occasionally entering more forested patches but never getting close to the creek itself. As you near the falls, the scramble becomes more challenging as the banks steepen, and care must be taken as there is some cliff exposure with only a very narrow trail to follow.
After no more than half an hour, you will come to an overlook of the falls which presents the best location for a clear photograph of Ration Tree Falls in its entirety (see main photo on this page). With care it is possible to scramble all the way to the base of the falls with care, although given the substantial spray kicked off by the falls this does not present the best location for photography.
Ration Tree Falls is a spectacular waterfall, and while it is an off track hike this is far from the severe bushbashing you will find on other trackless missions in Tasmania. For experienced bushwalkers, this is a relatively short and very worthwhile walk.
Be sure not to miss Olivers Falls, which can be seen from the road just 50 metres up the road from the western side of Ration Tree Creek.
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