Waterfalls and Wilderness
Spectacular forest reserves and panoramas
Go off the beaten track to see some of the spectacular north east Tasmanian waterfalls and wilderness, extraordinary and unique geology, forests and landscapes. Visit the Mt Victoria and St Columba Falls State Forest Reserves, Pyengana Cheese Factory and Mt Paris Dam.
Mt. Victoria Forest Reserve
Our first stop for the day is Mt Victoria Forest Reserve. A 60 minute walk will take you through three varying landscapes – rain forest, melaleuca forest and button grass plains which along with the Ralph Falls provide a superb nature experience. At over 90 metres, Ralphs Falls if Tasmania’s highest single drop waterfall, a streaming ribbon of water plunging over a sheer rock face. An alternate 30 minute return walk to the Ralphs Falls lookout provides stunning rural views.
Pyengana & St Columba Falls
A 30 minute drive takes us to the St Columba Falls State Reserve. A 20 minute return walk through a forest of ancient tree ferns, sassafras and myrtle trees lead you to a viewing platform to see St Columba Falls, one of Tasmania’s highest multi-tiered waterfalls – spectacular after rainfall.
We visit Pyengana Dairy where award winning cheeses can be tasted along with lunch at the Holy Cow Café. The Café overlooks the lush fertile dairy fields and see the cows to and from Tasmania’s first computerized dairy.
Rainforest Walk & Mt Paris Dam
Leaving Pyengana we travel the Highway and Weldborough Pass which offers a 15-minute easy and interpretive circuit walk through moss- covered myrtle rainforest. Continuing our return journey, we once again go off the beaten track to visit the Mt Paris Dam site which sits empty and abandoned in the middle of the bush and where nature is being reclaimed with nostalgic flare. Return to Scottsdale around 4.00 pm
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