Trestle Falls

Wellington ParkGPS Coords: -42.9050, 147.1347
Land Tenure: Wellington Park

Tasmap Reference: Longley

Updated on 08 Jun 2021

Trestle Falls
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Grade 5 Hike
Suitable for very experienced hikers only.

5km's2-3 hours returnRough unformed track No directional signage

No Modification of the natural environment.

Dogs are not allowed
Drones are not allowed
Not suitable for caravans
Not suitable for campervans or RV's
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About Trestle Falls

Trestle falls was only officially named in 2020 and is located on Trestle creek which lies within Wellington Park and flows into Mountain River. It is a multi-tier waterfall, dropping over an 8 metre upper tier folowed by a wide 3 metre drop, before a long cascade that flows a small but gorgeous lower tier. The falls are not reached by any trails, and while the hike isn't as hard as many other off track walks in Tasmania, it should still only be attempted by experienced hikers.

About the walk:

The walk begins on the well-signposted Mountain River Fire Trail, which starts from the end of Mountain River Road, accessed by turning off the Huon Highway at Grove. There is ample parking just past the bridge over Mountain river but please do not obstruct driveways. The fire trail goes steeply uphill, climbing 250 metres before levelling out after about 2 kilometres. The track doglegs steeply to the left at this point, and becomes fairly flat and easy to negotiate. Continue for about 5 minutes, then head off into the bush to the left, picking the best route to head down towards the falls (a GPS is definitely needed here). Be sure to not overshoot too far downstream as you travel through the bush, as there are some large cliffs lining the creek below the falls. The walking through the forest is not too difficult with little true bushbashing required, but there are some huge logs to negotiate. The final descent to the falls is perhaps the hardest part of the walk, over steep and unstable ground, but once you come out at Trestle Falls there is plenty to see to make the effort worthwhile. Allow plenty of time to explore the several levels of falls and cascades.

 

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