Weld Valley, Tasmania
A spectacular tall waterfall with a drop of approximately 30 metres, Reuben Falls is a real hidden gem tucked away in the isolated Weld Valley. As well as its impressive height, the falls also feature a very unusual, hourglass-like shape, with the creek converging on itself in the middle of the waterfall’s drop.
Despite arguably being one of the best waterfalls in Southern Tasmania, Reuben Falls are relatively little-known, as a result of access being difficult and requiring a long drive from pretty much any starting point. Further complicating access is that Forestry Tasmania have removed all signage from the roads leading to the waterfall, so if you plan on visiting the area a GPS and good map is required to avoid getting lost. See the driving directions below for detailed information on how to drive to the Reuben Falls track.
After navigating the maze of roads leading to the trailhead, you should arrive at a dead end, where a collapsed culvert over Isabella Creek ends the road. The Reubens Falls track begins on the right here. The start of the trail itself can be a little hard to spot, but there is a sign that can be seen from the end of the road informing you that you’ve reached the right place. The trail isn’t too difficult for the first while; gently undulating and slippery at times, but mostly well marked as it wanders above and at times alongside the creek. After about 20 minutes of walking the track reaches a large tree, where it turns abruptly to the left and begins heading downhill. The descent to the waterfall is very steep and slippery, particularly after rain, but it is not long, and once you reach the bottom it is only a short scramble over some logs to get to the base of Reuben Falls, which are a very worthwhile reward for the effort of the walk.
Large parts of the once-gorgeous rainforest walk have been sadly burnt out as a result of the bushfires of early 2019, and while some work has been done marking the track and clearing fallen trees, it is undoubtedly a more challenging hike now than it once was, which is something to keep in mind. Thankfully the waterfall itself was not affected, and once in the gully at the falls there are no signs of fire at all.
Take Edwards Road out of the Tahune Airwalk, continuing until you hit a “T” intersection with Southwood Road. Turn left here, cross the bridge over the Huon River, and take the first left turn after the bridge onto Eddy Road 1-2 kilometres later. Continue along this road, which becomes Fletchers Road after the Weld River Bridge, for about 10 kilometres, before turning right onto Southwood Road, following this road to its end and the start of the track. It has to be noted that there are many confusing junctions along the drive, so a GPS or at least a good map is necessary to avoid wrong turns. The total drive time from Tahune Airwalk is approximately 45 minutes.
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