One of the most rewarding rainforest and waterfall walks I have taken in Tasmania was the short(ish) 2-3 hour return walk to Westmoreland Falls just south of Mole Creek in northern Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers. The track winds firstly through tallish forest before reaching a creek where things turn a little more “Jurassic Park” with tall ferns and tangled Tasmanian rainforest.
The waterfall itself is quite nice but not the most photogenic I have come across, being a little crowded out by the surrounding ferny forest. However, immediately below the falls are some incredibly beautiful cascades and the junction of two fast flowing creeks, and it is here that I spent most of my time shooting. Cascading creeks and rainforest have long been my favourite subject to photograph and I was in heaven on this little section of the track. Sometimes shooting in the Tasmanian rainforest can be tricky, especially if the sun is out and there is harsh sunlight entering the scene. My visit to Westmoreland Falls however was a very nice overcast day meaning I could shoot to my heart’s content.
The walking track suffered some severe damage in floods a couple of years ago but has now been reopened. Spending a couple of nights in the Mole Creek & Deloraine areas is highly recommended, so you can have ample time exploring the many walking tracks and gourmet attractions such as the salmon farm, cheese factory and honey farm – Tasmanian leatherwood honey is a real treat! Other walking tracks in the area include Liffey Falls, the Devil’s Gullet and for the more adventurous the Walls of Jerusalem and Meander Forest Reserve are not far away.