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Nelson Falls at Best in Tasmania

Enjoy the magnificent views of the island from the top of Nelson Falls

Best time: November–May

Nelson Falls at Best
Nelson Falls at Best

Being one of the highlights of Tasmania's wildlife, the spectacular views of the most magnificent waterfall on the island is an experience not to miss. Located in a beautiful setting Nelson Falls is a superb opportunity to watch the Tasmanian rainforests from height. Although there is quite a number of waterfalls in Tasmania, Nelson Falls is famous for its stream rapids, spectacular views from the top and a very handy location. Keep in mind that no bicycles are allowed so take a pleasant 20-minutes walk from the road and enjoy the wild to the full.

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When is the best time to visit Nelson Falls in Tasmania?

The ideal time to enjoy Nelson Falls in Tasmania is during Tasmania's spring and summer months, between November and May. During this time, mild temperatures and longer daylight hours make it perfect for outdoor activities like sightseeing. The waterfall is at its peak thanks to the rain and snowmelt, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of Nelson Falls in all its glory. Show more

Where is Nelson Falls located on the island of Tasmania?

Nelson Falls is nestled within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers national park, situated on the stunning west coast of Tasmania. The falls are located on Nelson River within the Gordon River catchment area. Nelson Falls is an easy 2-hour drive from Hobart or a 4-hour drive from Launceston, making it easily accessible to visitors. Show more

What is the duration of the walk to Nelson Falls from the road?

Visitors can enjoy a pleasant walk along the Nelson Falls track that takes roughly 20 minutes to complete. The track is a 550-meter easy-to-moderate graded walk that is suitable for all ages. It allows visitors to immerse themselves in the lush, green rainforest filled with eucalypt and myrtle trees before delivering breathtaking panoramic views of the falls and its surroundings. Show more

Are there any unique features of Nelson Falls compared to other waterfalls in Tasmania?

Nelson Falls has a unique charm from the stream rapids, where the water flows rapidly down the river and produces white water, unlike other waterfalls. While other falls cascade gently down the valley floor, Nelson Falls offers a fast-moving and thrilling experience that is unmatched. It offers visitors the ease of access and a chance to experience the beauty of Tasmania's rainforest and its enchanting charm. Show more

Can bicycles be used to access Nelson Falls?

The Nelson Falls Track does not permit bicycles. Visitors can park their bikes at the car park by the Lyell Highway and enjoy the rest of the scenic walk down to the falls. There is the Tasmanian Trail parallel to the Nelson Falls track, which cycling enthusiasts can use, but it requires a good level of fitness and is suitable only for advanced bikers. Show more

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