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Reynolds Falls

I had heard very little about this waterfall, but when I saw it pop up on the Pandani program and that it was being led by AB we decided to join.  The plan was to walk to the campsite on day 1, spend day 2 walking with day packs to the waterfall, and to walk out on day 3.  The weather forecast for the weekend was hot; temperatures around 30 degrees, with the chance of rain and a thunderstorm on the final day.

Day 1: Our party of 7 left Cradle Lodge just after 9am and made our way onto the Speeler Plains, the last section of the Penguin/Cradle Trail.  It was already starting to get hot, so we spent little time out in the open and headed towards the forest.  Once you have traversed the buttongrass fields of Speeler Plains, the track to Reynolds Falls can be found off the left of the main track-about 5.8kms from the Cradle Lodge. The track then descends down an old four wheel drive track that crosses Fleece Creek, which is a good spot to have a break and refill water bottles.  From here the track climbs slightly, winding through dry forest and buttongrass fields, before a rock cairn on the right hand side indicates the start of Ossie’s Track to Reynolds Falls.  After passing over a couple of small creeks and pandani groves we bumped into the other two members of our group- Marie and Anna-who had camped further along the Penguin-Cradle trail at Fourways the night before and had planned to meet us along the track.  We continued on for another 10-15 minutes across large open plains covered in coral fern, before finding a shaded spot to have some lunch.

The track then enters open myrtle forest and descends rapidly towards Tumbling Creek, passing by a nice unnamed waterfall along the way.  We decided to name this falls Numbum falls as AB slipped straight onto his arse while crossing the slippery rock.  Descending through the forest can be particularly difficult, especially when wet, and finding the next blaze or ribbon can sometimes be tricky as a number of trees have fallen over the track.   This section of forest is pretty special; I have since heard it referred to as Cloud Forest, as the higher altitude limits growth of the understory, leading to a thick canopy of myrtle branches over an open forest floor that is only home to a patchwork of ferns. We reached Tumbling Creek 5 and a half hours after leaving the Lodge, and had made it to our campsite on a spur above Tumbling Creek shortly after.   There were a number of descent spots to pitch a tent, and a small creek about 100m metes further along the track provided an adequate source of water for us all.

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GPS track.

 

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Mt Beecroft from Speeler Plain.
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Fleece Creek.
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Walking along the 4wd track.
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Pandani Grove.
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White flowers cover the plains.
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Coral Ferns
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Descending Cloud Forest.
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Heading up from Tumbling Creek.

 

Day 2:  Expecting a shorter day than the previous, we didn’t get going until just after 9.  We passed the creek that we used to get fresh water, and the track then climbs up before contouring another spur. We followed a pad marked by blazes and ribbons down towards another potential campsite a couple of hours past our own, with room for a couple of tents and a descent water source nearby.  Much of the walk down to the falls was fairly similar and there was little to look at except a number of large trees and the occasional glimpse of the western-most slopes of Mt Beecroft.  The track then drops very steeply down to the Vale River, which we reached just over 3 hours after leaving camp.

It was very warm and we didn’t hesitate to jump into one of the many rock pools and cool off. After sufficient paddling, a few of us ventured further up the creek to the base of the falls and had a quick swim in the large and seemingly deep bowl where the water lands. Unfortunately, I was unable to take my camera up this far as it required some swimming, but I would highly recommend checking this out if the water level is low.  We spent the next 2 or so hours relaxing and taking in the view, before heading back the way we came. From the campsite it was approximately 9.5kms return in a comfortable 8 hours (including all stops).

 

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Reynolds Falls.

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Vale River downstream of the falls.
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Face in the tree.

 

Day 3: We were all packed and ready by 7am so that we could get the steep walk back up through Cloud Forest out of the way before things really started to heat up. By the time we reached the Fleece Creek crossing, it had really started to heat up and so we made the most of the last bit of cool, running water before crossing the exposed Speeler Plains.  We reached the Lodge just shy of 6 hours and were getting stuck into the refreshments and burgers before long. All up, this was a great trip over a very hot weekend. Although this trip would be possible to do over two days or even as a very long day trip, I would recommend taking your time and really taking in the waterfall.  It would have to be one of the best I have been to in Tasmania and was particularly good on a hot day.

All up: 29.4kms with 1703m ascent.

Cradle Mountain Lodge to Start of Ossies Track: 5.8kms in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

Start of Ossies Track to Tumbling Creek: 3.8kms in 3 hours (with lunch break)

Campsite to Reynolds Falls: 4.7kms in 3 hours and 5 minutes.

Getting there:  Drive to the Cradle Mountain Lodge and park in the carpark across the road at the interpretation centre.  The track can be found by following the signs to the Pencil Pine Track.

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Ursula and Marie above “Numbum” Falls.
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10 minutes before a beer and some lunch.

Reuben Falls

Today had been set aside to join a PWC walk to Mt Blackwood and Sandbanks Tier; unfortunately the weather forecast was pretty miserable and the walk was canceled.  Still keen to head out for the day, we decided to head south and check out some spots around the Weld River and Reuben Falls.

The first stop was to visit the Weld and Huon River junction.  To get there, we drove down a 4WD track next to Eddy Road, but we quickly reached a point where I could drive no further and we continued the rest of the way by foot.  There is no track to the rivers but the bush is easy enough to navigate and fairly open.

We then drove across the Weld River and along South Weld Road until we reached the giant sinkhole, and the start of the Reuben Falls track.  On a side note, this is also the start of the walk to Mt Weld. Although the sign says 70 minutes return, the walk to the falls is only about 10 or 15 minutes along, and follows Isabella Creek before dropping steeply down to the base of Reuben Falls.  We spent the next hour or so walking around the upper and lower sections of the falls taking pictures, and looking at the fossils that can be found in the rocks at the base of the falls..

On our way back out we made a quick detour to check out the lookout on Glovers Bluff. Unfortunately this highpoint had been used to roll tyres down to the plains below and somewhat spoiled the view.

Overall, it was a very easy day with minimal walking-but it was still nice to be out in the bush.  Hopefully the next time we are out here is to walk to Mt Weld.

Getting there:  Access to South Weld Road from the Airwalk has been blocked off due to road damage so the only way to Reuben Falls is via Southwood Road.  We drove in via Lonnavale and continued along Denison and Southwood road then took the first right past the entrance to the Southwood mill.  This road is called Eddy Road on the 1:25000 TASMAP maps but is unnamed on google maps.  Continue along this road and cross over the Weld River bridge until you reach a T intersection with South Weld Road.  Turn right at this intersection and follow South Weld Road until the end of the road and the start of the Rueben Falls Track.  To access Glovers Bluff, take the first right on South Weld Road and stay left at the fork.

 

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Flowering heath.
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The obstacle.
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The Weld and Huon meet.
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The track down to Reuben Falls
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Approaching the waterfall.
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Checking out the falls.

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The lower section.

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Isabella Creek
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The end of the road.

Adamsons Falls

Adamsons falls is a short walk in the south of Tasmania.  The falls are pretty impressive after some heavy rain but expect some water and bog on the track.

Allow about 2-3 hours return depending on the number of stops for food and photos.  If you are also doing Creekton falls I would add allow another 1.5 – 2 hours as the track is slow going.

To access the Creekton falls track, cross the creek at the base of the main waterfall.  From memory there are a few rocks that can be used to avoid wading through the creek.  This will all depend on the amount of water coming down the waterfall.  Once on the other side you should be able to spot some pink ribbon indicating the track to Creekton falls.

The track to Adamsons falls is not in the best condition but it is easy to follow.  Walking from Adamsons falls to Creekton falls is slightly trickier as the track is somewhat overgrown and less obvious.

If you are lucky you might hear or even see a Lyre bird.

This walk was completed on 02/10/17

Getting there:  There are two ways to get to the start of the track.

Option 1:  South of Dover. Approaching from the north, take the old Hastings Road at a junction 3.1km south of the Esperance River bridge in the township of Strathblane, after 1km turn right onto the Darcy Link Road and then left onto Creekton Rd.  Continue past the Duckhole lake carpark and cross the bridge.  Continue along Coal Hill road where it will split into three roads.  Take the middle track then follow that until you reach an intersection.  Turn right then follow that road until you reach the start of the track.

Option 2:  Continue past the turnoff outlined in option 1.  Follow the Huon highway until you reach the turnoff to Hastings cave and thermal springs.  Drive past the Hastings caves thermal pools and visitors centre.  Turn right onto Chestermans Road and follow it until it ends in a T junction.  Turn left and follow the road until you reach the clearly marked start of the track.

Although this might take a bit longer, there are some big trees on Chestermans road that are worth checking out.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn uprooted tree near the beginning of the track.

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The lower part of Adamsons Falls

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking up at the main waterfall.  Creekton falls track to the right of where the photo was taken.