Liffey Falls Reserve

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Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service | Cam Blake

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Liffey Falls are located one hour from Launceston in the north of Tasmania are a must-see bucket list attraction when visiting Australia's only island state. The main attraction of the Liffey State Reserve is Liffey Falls themselves, nevertheless you can also find spectacular tall trees, plentiful wildlife and numerous small walks within this scenic corner of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.  

These beautiful, multi-level falls are nestled in deep, mossy forest beneath the spectacular Great Western Tiers. ​Water from the plateau flows into the Liffey River. As it rushes downslope it erodes away the softer mudstone, exposing sandstone steps over which the abundant waters tumble.

There are two walking tracks to the falls. The walk from the top car park, which has picnic facilities, offers a shorter, well-made walking track. The track from the lower car park, where there are minimal facilities, is longer and not as well formed. Both tracks lead you through some wonderful tracts of rainforest.​ The walk will take you past four main cascades, starting upstream with Alexandra Falls, then Hopetoun Falls, Albert Falls and Victoria Falls (the latter commonly known simply as "Liffey Falls"). Viewing platforms along the track provide great opportunities for photography.

The upper car park is where Liffey Falls Great Short Walk begins. You will also find shelters, information boards, picnic and barbecue facilities at this car park. A few minutes stroll from here, is the aptly named ‘Big Tree’ walk to a 50 metre tall gumtopped stringybark with a trunk diameter of more than 3 metres. The access road to the upper car park is not suitable for camper vans, buses, or caravans, visitors travelling via these modes will need to start their walk at the lower car park.

The Lower car park and campgrounds is suitable for camper vans, buses, or caravans. You can follow the longer walking track to Liffey Falls from here. The walk follows the path of an original logging tramway, and provides beautiful glimpses of Dry’s Bluff – perhaps with a dusting of snow on top, if you time it right. As you weave your way through the dense rainforest, the track opens up to meet a walking bridge as you traverse across the Liffey river. Take a moment or two on the sturdy bridges to enjoy the calming sound of the water flowing past. A walk along this track will encounter many stairs ​and take approximately 2-3 hours return.​

No Parks Pass is required to visit Liffey Falls State Reserve.


  • Sight-seeing
  • Picnics
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Photography


  • Walking trail - 2km (from top car park) | Grade 2 (out of 5) | 45 minutes return

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements..
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park and camping fees apply, check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.
  • Weather conditions in Tasmania can change quickly and frequently, especially in alpine areas. Snow, rain, wind and sun are all possible at any time of the year, and bushfires can occur between October and March.
  • Always enjoy waterfalls from trails and marked viewing points. Do not climb over barriers as cliff edges and slippery surfaces may cause injury or death.
  • Only swim where permitted. Don’t jump from cliff edges into water bodies.
  • Swimming near or under waterfalls can be dangerous due to strong currents, submerged hidden rock ledges and other dangers. The force of a waterfall can be incredibly strong and unfortunately, many people have drowned. Follow warning signs and take caution.

Photo credits: Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services | Cam Blake

Location & Supplier

Liffey Falls Reserve

Address: Liffey Falls, Liffey Tasmania 7301

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