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Updated on 13 Sep 2021
Grade 5 HikeSuitable for very experienced hikers only.
No Modification of the natural environment.
average rating of 7 out of 10
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Situated on the aptly-named Falls Rivulet, Robbies Falls is an impressive twin plunging waterfall about three kilometres downstream of Falls Rivulet's other significant waterfall, Compton Falls. Robbies Falls is currently an unoffical name, and the falls are not marked on any maps, so the GPS coordinates provided on this page will have to be relied on if attempting a trip. The name is derived from Robbie Watson, a timber worker who discovered the falls when he noticed the sound of gushing water after stopping his excavator, and cut a track into them over 20 years ago. Unfortunately, subsequent logging operations have destroyed this track, and made access challenging without precise navigating due to some pretty nasty cutting grass in the coup.
To find Robbies Falls, drive up McDougall's Road until you reach a small logging road that heads into the cutting grass on the right, just after a small pool marked by a "W" sign on the left. Park at this point (-42.9596, 146.7611), but do not walk down the obvious track, as it only leads to impenetrable cutting grass. Instead, walk about 20 metres back down the road to the edge of the edge of the cleared area. It can be a bit hard to spot at first, but a fire break leads along the edge of the coup, and makes for relatively easy walking to avoid the worst of the cutting grass. This fire break leads you about two-thirds of the way to Falls Rivulet, before it becomes choked up with cutting grass, and it becomes easier to head into the old growth forest to the right. Once in the forest, follow a small creek downstream, and eventually you will arrive at Falls Rivulet. From here, it is just a matter of working your way through the rainforest upstream. 30 metres before Robbies Falls is a nice two-tiered cascade that could be confused for the real thing, but be sure to press on above this cascade until you arrive at the large pool and impressive bowl-shaped basin containing the main waterfall. Falls Rivulet is a signficant watercourse that flows year-round, so this pool would make for an excellent summer swimming hole, although the hike may be unpleasant in the heat during snake season.
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