Westmoreland Falls Near Mole Creek
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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