Photography: © 2018 Craig Doumouras

About Warners Falls

Warners Falls is a large waterfall situated deep into the Great Western Tiers and Central Highlands in Tasmania. Flowing on Duncansons Rivulet, Warners Falls drops into a canyon. There is no easy way to get to the base of the waterfall, and to be able to view Warners Falls, you will need to do so from cliffs to the north about 500 metres away.  From this vantage point, you will be able to clearly see all of Warners Falls, as well as the top section of Havelock Falls. The views of the waterfall are stunning, with the open plateau showcasing Johnstones Peak in the distance. If you turn to face away from the waterfalls, you will see Huntsman Lake and Meander in the valley below the plateau. It is also possible to see Meander Falls to the west.

Huntsmans Lake
Overlooking Huntsman Lake and Meander Valley

How to get to Warners Falls

There are two ways to reach Warners Falls. You could commence your walk from Jackey's Marsh, and hike uphill along Warners Track until you reach the Central Highlands. If this route is taken, you will need to add at least 3 hours to you overall trip. The quickest way to Warners Falls commences at Pine Lake, where there is ample room to park your vehicle. It is recommended to walk north of the Lake, heading westwards. Walk along the northern ridge of Adams Peak until you reach the Central Highlands. Hiking along the northern edge of the Tiers is ideal because you get amazing panoramic views ot Huntsman Lake and the surrounding farmlands below. It is also has less swampy areas to contend with. There are no tracks in the region to follow, nor is there any substantial markers or coloured tape / ribbons to follow. A GPS and maps is recommended for this walk. It will take approximately 4 hours to reach an area to view Warners Falls, the lookout being on the edges of cliff faces slightly south of Ritters Crag.

Unless you are planning to visit Duncansons Falls (unofficial name) upstream from Warners Falls, it is recommended to return using the same route you had taken. The region around Duncansons Rivulet is swampy, with lots of mini tarns and mini creeks that need to be avoided. The northern end of the Tiers is not only easier to walk, but has the advantage of the stunning views of Huntsman Lake, Meander Valley, and the peaks of Quamby Bluff and Projection Bluff.

Warners Falls
Close up of Warners Falls

About the Region

Warners Falls and the Central Plateau are situated in alpine regions of Tasmania, and is notorious for changeable weather. It's not uncommon for snow and ice to occur throughout the year. This hike should not be undertaken when weather forecasts are not entirely favourable. At all times, you should carry with you proper supplies to cater for all types of weather conditions. If you decide to do this hike after there has been snow or rain, you will need to add at least 2 hours to your hiking time to complete this hike.

Hike and Waterfall Information

Land TenureConservation Area
Land Feature NameGreat Western Tiers Conservation Area
Tasmap4637 Breona
GPS Coordinates-41.742217521221 , 146.644474343945
Road AccessSealed Road to Pine Lake
Walking Distance13.5 kms return
Walking Time8 hours return
Grade of WalkDifficult.
Creative Commons License TopographicBasemap from theLIST © State of Tasmania