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Secret Falls

Hobart, Tasmania

Secret Falls
Secret Falls
© 2015 - 2020 Photography: Craig Doumouras

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  • public Land Tenure:
    Wellington Park
  • timer 2 kms 30 minutes return
  • terrain image Suitable for families with young children.
  • directions_walk Well formed track.
    Broad, hard surfaced track suitable for wheelchair use. Width: 1200mm or more. Well maintained with minimal intrusions
  • panorama_horizontal No directional signage.
    Signage is generally not provided.
  • grade No experience required.
    Users need no previous experience and are expected to exercise normal care regarding their personal safety. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
  • clear_all Occasional step.
  • map Tasmap (1:25000) - Unknown
  • No Drones Permitted

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Possibly Tasmania's worst kept secret, Secret Falls is situated on the Myrtle Gully track in the foothills of Mt. Wellington, in a secluded part of the trail. Secret falls is approximately 3 metres high, dropping into a very narrow crevice, and can easily be missed when walking past it, due to the overgrowth surrounding it. To get a view of the waterfall you will need to make your way down into the crevice area itself. Due to a lot of foot traffic the track is muddy and obvious, and in recent years a second track has formed. Erosion has occurred damaging ferns and bushes as people try to climb down to view Secret Falls. If you do visit the waterfall please ensure you use the existing track and try and avoid further damage.

The Waterfall is a single drop of flow, landing in a rocky pool below. Secret Falls is accompanied by Myrtle Gully Falls, which is about 50 metres further along Myrtle Gully track.


The Secret Dilemma

The erosion issues that, in turn, have resulted in damaged plants at Secret Falls has become a catalyst for environmentalists claiming that many so called 'sensitive' waterfalls should be hidden from the public. Using Secret Falls as the prime example of the 'destruction' that occurs when an area is overwhelmed with visitors, the conclusion amongst many environmentalists is that the same thing will happen everywhere in our wilderness.

We do not agree.

Other waterfalls across Tasmania cannot be compared to Secret Falls due to the following reasons:

  1. Secret Falls is within walking distance of Tasmania's largest city, Hobart, resulting in more foot traffic.
  2. Secret Falls is literally within metres of a very popular hiking track, and thus requires little effort to reach.
  3. Secret Falls geologically is within a small gully where people are forced to climb into.
  4. Secret Falls is incredibly photogenic with a unique form, thus adding to its lure.
  5. The name of the waterfall adds to the mystery of it.
  6. It lacks infrastructure for people to see it safely without damaging its surrounds.

These 6 reasons create the perfect storm for Secret Falls, and why it desperately needs infrastructure to help cope with the foot traffic. 

However, every other waterfall in Tasmania does not tick all 6 reasons.

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