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Water fall Liffey Falls

Liffey Falls State Reserve - World Heritage Site

Liffey Falls is the main attraction of this beautiful reserve dotted with cascades, giant trees and wildlife.

Liffey Falls State Reserve is located within cool temperate rainforest on the slopes of the Great Western Tiers and is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area.

For thousands of years, the area was a meeting place for the Big River, North and North Midlands Aboriginal people. Sandstone overhangs provided shelter, and local stone was used for tool manufacture.

The area's geological history is also revealed in the river itself, where water has exposed the sandstone steps of Liffey Falls. Look out for tiny marine fossils among the river stones.

There are numerous short walks to explore, including the easy Big Tree Stroll through a forest of giant Eucalyptus obliqua trees.

There are two reserves on the upper reaches of the river. The extensive picnic and barbecue facilities are in the former, while the falls themselves are in the latter, and both are part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

There are four sets of falls along the 45-min return walk from the picnic ground downhill to the majestic Victoria Falls (commonly referred to as Liffey Falls), all of which can be viewed from sturdy observation decks.

For a longer walk, continue from the falls to the Gulf Road Picnic Area at the lower end of the reserve. This track follows the path of an original logging tramway and provides excellent views of Dry's Bluff.

The reserve's wildlife include dazzling pink robins, green rosellas and superb fairy-wrens, as well as giant crayfish and shy platypus. At night, Tasmanian devils, quolls, bandicoots and wallabies come out to feed.

Shelters, barbecues and toilets are provided at a picturesque picnic area.

Liffey Falls is a 30 minute drive from Deloraine.