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Westmoreland Falls Near Mole Creek

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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published March 4th 2022
Walk through a forest to a waterfall
Westmoreland Falls
Westmoreland Falls


I was visiting family in Tasmania for two weeks. I always like to do a couple of bushwalks in areas that I've never completed before. On this trip in February, I had climbed
Quamby Bluff.

Dirt road near the start of the track
Dirt road near the start of the track


The next day, my niece Rebecca and I decided to visit a waterfall near Mole Creek called Westmoreland Falls. I had never heard of it even though I grew up in Launceston and lived there till my twenties. My nephew's wife, Bel, and her ten-year-old son, Seth, joined us on the walk.

Heading off
Heading off


Becca and ferns on track
Becca and ferns on track


I had read the walk to the waterfall had been severely damaged during storms, which caused flooding and mudslides in 2011 and again in 2016, so we weren't sure what the track would be like. The original track had been completely destroyed. Since that time, Parks and Wildlife created a new track and built new viewing platforms.

Good Bridge
Good Bridge


Nice ferns
Nice ferns


We drove down and found the start of the track easily on Wet Caves Road near Mole Creek. The road was unsealed but suitable for 2 wheel drive cars. There is a small car park with the sign "Mole Creek Karst Conservation Area" and "Westmorland Falls.



Westmoreland Falls Sign
Westmoreland Falls Sign


At the Cascades
At the Cascades


It was a fairly easy walk which was very beautiful and would be suitable for most people of average fitness including families. The track was well marked and had a few gentle hill sections and some stone steps. The 3.5-kilometre track takes around 2 hours return. About halfway along the track, I did see a book up in a tree but didn't stop to investigate. I learnt later it was the logbook.



Water over rocks
Water over rocks


Parks and Wildlife have done a good job repairing the track and building bridges since the damaging floods. It could get very muddy and slippery in wet weather, so you do need to wear boots or shoes that won't slip. It was a lovely walk through beautiful tree ferns and tall eucalypt forest.

Walking up to the Falls
Walking up to the Falls


Admiring the environment
Admiring the environment


We eventually came to some small cascades, then a bit further on, the magnificent Westmoreland waterfall. The Falls are located in the middle reaches of Westmorland Creek. We walked across the rocks to the base of the falls and enjoyed looking at fossilised shells in the rock formations. Bel is a very good photographer and took some great shots of the fossils which she has let me use in this article.

Bel, the photographer
Bel, the photographer


Fossils- photo by Bel Donaldson
Fossils- photo by Bel Donaldson


Fossil photo by Bel Donaldson
Fossil photo by Bel Donaldson


We all enjoyed the walk and Seth especially loved the adventure, so if you are visiting Tasmania and want to explore an interesting, off the beaten track place, go and visit Westmoreland Falls.

Seth near falls
Seth near falls


Cascades
Cascades


Seth at Westmoreland Falls
Seth at Westmoreland Falls
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Why? A beautiful walk to a waterfall
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Where: Westmoreland Falls near Mole Creek in Tasmania
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Love the article Roz. It's pleasing to see the appropriate authorities making it easy to access things like Westmoreland Falls with their board walks. When I read about photographing fossils I didn't recall ever being there. Pleased to see they weren't me.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4542) 338 days ago
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