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Liffey Falls Tasmania - the spout

Liffey River Cascades

Liffey Falls is one of Tassie’s best waterfalls, not just because the falls themselves are great, but the Liffey River cascades through some wonderful forest with multiple locations to shoot during the short walk of around 20-25 minutes each way.

Liffey River cascades, Tasmania

The first cascades, about half way to the waterfall. Great tiered mini-waterfall and picturesque rocks just downstream.

The first viewing decks are found around 10 minutes down the track and funnily enough this is the first time I have actually shot them! The whole river was looking great over the weekend thanks to plenty of rain late last week, and I made the time to shoot each cascade “properly” 🙂

Liffey River cascades, Tasmania

Closer to the main cascade

Just a few minutes further downstream you come to I think the highlight in the area – the “spout” – a really narrow groove in the riverbed that acts as a funnel for a beautiful spout of water which then flows through a beautiful ferny gorge. I have shot this cascade before but the amount of water right now is terrific, and I am particularly happy with how these turned out 🙂

The Spout Liffey Falls track

Looking downstream from above the spout


The Spout Liffey Falls track

Side view – and a great amount of water going over the spout


The Spout Liffey Falls track

Another side view of the spout

From here it is a short walk down to the main falls which are really looking great at the moment and well worth a visit right now. Surprisingly there was very little fungi on the track but I am sure that will change in the weeks ahead.

Liffey Falls Tasmania

Wide front view of Liffey Falls.


Liffey Falls Tasmania

Closer to the fall. Its a good idea to take gumboots or sandals, but even so, the rocks here are very slippery!


Liffey Falls Tasmania

Side view of the waterfall.

Absolutely one of Tasmania’s best short walks, highly recommended in the months ahead or indeed anytime after good rain 🙂

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