Flora at Last
Tuesday 15 May 2018
Following information that identified where floras Falls were, the incentive to make a visit was strong. The official name is Silver Falls and when we were last looking for Floras we had the intention of going to Silver Falls to check, but lost enthusiasm. It was just a short distance from where we had parked the car below Collins Cap.
Prior to our walk the area had been subject to very heavy rain, causing flooding in Hobart. Now four days later there was a good flow in the creeks and Silver Falls Creek could be heard as we started to descend the steep slope of the reserve, then cascading water came into view. After 25 minutes the top of the falls and it was obvious that this was a significant waterfall, with plenty of water flowing it was in fact quite stunning.
The falls are in an amphitheatre and in 3 sections totalling some 45 metres in overall height drop. He first drop has a sizeable overhang making it very easy to walk behind, whilst the second is on bands of sloping benches. It is a bit more of a descent to reach the bottom as some cliffs have to be skirted, but here the drop is the biggest and large pool lies at the base.
|Top taken from north bank|
|Under top fall from Jon Marsden-Smedley|
We were all most impressed by the scenic nature of the waterfall and felt that it was deserving of more visitors. The slope in and out is quite steep, but by taking a slightly wider path to the north it would be not that difficult to create a track, although some rock would need to be used for steps in parts. The route could also be made easier by contouring more towards the cascades and crossing below them.
The walk was a mere 3.2k and took a little over 2 hours.
Thanks to Martin Stone for the the location of the falls.
|Top and bottom of falls|
|Silver Falls from Bruce Champion|
|Pool at the bottom|
Floras- Silver Falls