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O' Grady Falls, Mount Wellington

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-six year old girl living in Noosa, QLD. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've adventured. 🚐⛰
Published April 15th 2020
A quick trail escape to connect you back to nature
O' Grady Falls, Mount Wellington
Enjoying the view :)

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.

O' Grady Falls, Mount Wellington
Taking my sister to see O' Grady Falls

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.

Mount Wellington from O' Grady Falls Fire Trail
The view of Mount Wellington from the trail

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!

O' Grady Falls in Mount Wellington Park, Hobart
O' Grady Falls. Photo by @chloeoliviad

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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Why? When you can't travel far but still want to enjoy Nature close to the city
When: Anytime of the year - weather permitting
Phone: 03 6238 2176
Where: Pinnacle Road, Mount Wellington
Cost: Free
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