Douglas Apsley National Park, Tasmania
One of several named waterfalls on the Douglas River, Tevelein Falls is an unusual twisting waterfall with a large boulder in the middle of the drop obstructing views from most angles. The falls themselves are fairly unremarkable thanks to this boulder, with perhaps their most distinguishing feature being the stunning green pool at the bottom and the sheer-walled gorge they sit in.
Reaching the falls is a serious task. They sit upstream of the Douglas River campsite, the second night of the Leeaberra Track (although if you 4WD to the start of the track you can do it in a day). The track to this point is mostly easy enough to follow, with triangular orange markers on trees showing the route for much of the distance, although in some places it is still very rough. You pass through thick cutting grass, climb up and down mostly viewless hills and pass through some fairly uninteresting dry forest before reaching the campsite.
From here, it is a relatively short hike in terms of distance upstream to Tevelein Falls at about 1 kilometre each way, but a number of pools in the river make the going difficult. You have to traverse narrow rock ledges above the river, and scrub bash around the river when there is no other route possible. After at least 45 minutes of walking you will come to the unofficially named "Douglas River Falls" at a sharp bend. From here, it only about 150 metres further to Tevelein Falls. While it is not easy, the hike upstream from the campsite is very scenic, with a number of gorgeous cascades and smooth granite formations making the experience a memorable one.
Once you arrive at Tevelein Falls, however, if you want a decent view of the full drop the hike is not finished. The only realistic way to a good vantage point is to head downstream slightly and into the rainforest on the river left (northern) side at the end of the cliff line extending from the falls. A steep climb through a densely forested gully follows, before you reach the top of the cliffs and continue upstream for a short distance, before taking a steep route down to the top of the falls, traversing between the boulder in the waterfall and another large boulder to the right. The main photo on this page was taken by crossing the river above the falls and heading over to a rock slab on the southern side, which provides the most direct view.
Another thing to note about Tevelein Falls is that it is marked incorrectly on online topographic maps, which show it downstream of the campsite. There is no waterfall here at all, and given that some print maps show it more or less in the correct location it can be assumed that this is simply a case of human error in mapping out the area.
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Distances are measured 'as the crows fly' and are not reflective of road distance or hiking distances.