O' Grady Falls, Mount Wellington

O' Grady Falls, Mount Wellington

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Posted 2020-04-16 by Chloe Doylefollow


One of my favourite waterfalls to visit since making the move down to Hobart in Tasmania is the beautiful O' Grady Falls. It is the destination of an easy grade thirty-minute return walking track that lies at the base of Mount Wellington.

The ' Mount Wellington Park ' reserve is only around a 10-minute drive from the Hobart CBD. It is an easily accessible close-to-home reminder of the natural beauty that seems to exist everywhere you look in Tasmania. The reserve is open all year round and 100% free to the public. However, I feel it is important to note that conditions are subject to change very quickly up on the mountain, having both alpine and sub-alpine areas to the reserve. It is very important to check updates online before heading out and to be prepared clothing-wise (bring the puffer!) for all-weather types you may encounter on the mountain.



The trailhead for O' Grady Falls is one of the first car parks that you will see on your right-hand side when travelling up Pinnacle Road. It is normally used as a fire trail on the mountain, so it's not only a lovely wander in the forest surrounded by tall trees and spectacular ferns but also provides an excellent view of Mount Wellington and its peak as the trail widens in parts.



The waterfall stands at 460 metres above sea level. It may not be as large or impressive as many other falls you can see in Tasmania, but being so close to the city and easily accessible, it makes it a walk and view not to miss. Another big positive is the trail isn't difficult to complete, it can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels!



Whenever I feel the city gets too much for me or I just need to recharge, I always seem to find myself heading up Pinnacle Road for a bit of nature therapy. O' Grady Falls is absolutely beautiful and all the sounds and sights of Mount Wellington are a blessing to have so close to home. For your next family outing or short walk in Hobart, it's well worth giving this walk a go. You can feel good about exercising without feeling as though your legs will hate you in the morning for it!

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