Nelson Falls

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Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

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Nelson Falls is a must-see Aussie Bucket List natural attraction located near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania's north-west. A delightful short walk from the Lyell Highway—the last between Derwent Bridge and Queenstown—takes visitors alongside a burbling river to a beautiful set of falls. The mossy forest, featuring sassafras, myrtle and a variety of ferns, gives hints of the high rainfall in this area. These falls are always a wonderful sight, but can be a spectacularly roaring torrent after heavy rain. Return via the same track.

Along the boardwalk to Nelson Falls you will come across interpretation panels highlighting the ancient plants you see along the way, including at least seven species of fern. These interpretation panels will take you on a journey back in time to when Tasmania was a part of the great supercontinent of Gondwana.

Among the forest trees you will discover an​​cient species that once dominated the Australian landmass, but are now confined to the wetter regions of Tasmania and south-east and eastern mainland Australia. Many of the species of these cool temperate rainforests are only suited to the cool, moist conditions of places such as the Nelson Valley.​


  • Hiking trail
  • Photography


  • 1.4km return, grade 1 walking trail
  • Parking
  • Toilets

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the local visitor information centre for the most up to date information.
  • From Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service: Even for a short walk on a fine day, carry a light pack with a weatherproof jacket, warm hat, water (1 litre per person for every 3 hours of walking), some high energy food and a first aid kit that includes an emergency space blanket. At the same time, be prepared for bright sunshine—carry a sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Insect repellent can also make your walk more comfortable and be sure to take a rubbish bag and carry your rubbish out with you.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your 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 when outside exploring.
  • 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 fees may apply for national parks in Tasmania. Check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.
  • Entry fees may change at anytime at the discretion of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services, check their website for the most up to date information.

Photo credits: Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Content credits: WA Parks and Wildlife Service & Aussie Bucket List®

Location & Supplier

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Address: Nelson Falls, Lyell Hwy, Queenstown TAS 7001

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