An up-to-date guide to the Pelverata Falls walk in the Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area, Tasmania. Includes everything you need to know about how to get here and what to expect from this Tassie waterfall.
Pelverata Falls is an impressively tall waterfall plunging 114 metres down a vertical gorge carved by Pelverata Creek. This one is said to be one of Tasmania’s tallest waterfalls and since it’s quite easy to access, definitely worthy of a short day trip from Hobart or the Huon Valley.
How to Get to Pelverata Falls
Pelverata Falls is located in the Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area. The trailhead is approximately 35 kilometres (40 minutes) south of Hobart or just 15 kilometres (20 minuters) from Huonville.
To get here, you will need to head towards the small rural township of Pelverata on Pelverata Road. You can access the trailhead car park from either the north (Sandfly) or from the south, turning on from Woodstock.
I have pinned the exact location of the Pelverata Falls trailhead car park below, which is accurate.
Google Maps Pin: "Pelverata Falls Track Car Park"
I drove to the waterfall track from Huonville, turning left onto Pelverata Road from the Channel Highway. This section of the road is unsealed for the majority of the way (9.2 kilometres), but well-maintained and easily manageable by any 2WD or large van. The car park is found 1 kilometre down Crosswells Road, which is also unsealed but well-maintained. There are also several blue signs pointing the way to the waterfall with adequate phone reception the entire way.
The carpark has enough space for roughly 10 vehicles.
Unfortunately, I can't comment much on the condition of the road coming in from the north. However, it looks like it is unsealed the entire way and also fairly windy.
Car Rentals in Tasmania
Unfortunately, the cost of bringing your own car on the Spirit of Tasmania has skyrocketed in recent years.
Now, it is usually cheaper to rent a car on arrival. I recommend using RentalCars.com in Tasmania to compare rates for different vehicles across dealerships.
(Rentals are limited in Tasmania so it's a good idea to book in advance).
The Pelverata Falls Walk
- Hiking Distance: 6 kilometres return
- Duration: Official: 3 hours, easily completed in under 2 hours return
- Elevation: 290 metres total elevation gain
- Difficulty: Fairly easy
The Pelverata Falls track is a fairly easy, dog-friendly waterfall walk. The return distance is 6 kilometres, with the track being wide, well-maintained and without any strenuously steep sections.
You will find a trailhead marker signposted at the car park. The waterfall hike begins by undulating gently through dry sclerophyll forest, following the edge of a private road for the first kilometre or so.
About halfway through the walk, the track splits with a large, blue signpost indicating the way to the waterfall.
The final section of the Pelverata Falls track gets a little bit rocky, with a steel handrail bolted into the rock to help you get up. This section isn't too difficult at all for those that are generally fit and doesn't require any technical elements.
After roughly 3 kilometres, you will pop out at a small wooden viewing platform just below Pelverata Falls. It's also possible to walk to the base of the waterfall by taking a detour just before the viewing platform. However, this can be a little slippery and involves some slight scrambling over wet rocks.
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What to Expect at Pelverata Falls
- Waterfall height: 114 metres
Pelverata Falls is a scenic waterfall cascading down a vertical dolerite gorge. Its source is Pelverata Creek, which is dependent on rainfall to create a decent flow. As a result, this waterfall is most impressive after heavy rainfall and can completely dry up in the dry summer months.
At 114 metres, Pelverata Falls is one of Tasmania's tallest waterfalls. But, if the falls aren't gushing when you visit, don't worry, the scenic gorge and forest surrounds are still worthy of a visit.
Across the gorge, visitors can also spot Slippery Falls, with the best view being from a little further up the track from the lookout. This waterfall is less impressive than Pelverata Falls and more dependent on rainfall. Unfortunately, it was almost completely dry when we visited.
More Adventures in Tasmania
I hope that you have found this quick waterfall guide to visiting Pelverata Falls useful in planning your adventures. If you're after more travel ideas or hikes, make sure to check out some of my other articles. I've spent several months exploring some of Tasmania's best locations. So, I'm sure you'll find something you'll enjoy!