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 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:
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.
Distances are measured 'as the crows fly' and are not reflective of road distance or hiking distances.