Cathedral Falls
  • Length: 2km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: Return

  • Start: TBA

  • End: TBA

  • Location: Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

  • Closest Town: TBA

  • Distance from CBD: TBA

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -41.9059284

  • Longitude: 146.1164922

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On a side creek to the Mersey River several hundred metres downstream of the popular D’Alton Falls, Cathedral Falls is a little-known and rarely visited waterfall, mainly due to it not being accessed by the track and requiring a bit of a dicey hike along the edge of a deep gorge, which eventually terminates at a precarious overlook of the waterfall. 

The falls look as if they would be a spectacular sight, with a single drop of around 40 metres, but unfortunately the only possible vantage point allows just the top part of Cathedral Falls to be seen, as trees completely drop the majority of the waterfall from the makeshift overlook across the gorge. The only way to get a closeup view of the entire falls would seemingly be via a rafting tip down the river from further upstream. 

Combined with nearby Boulder Falls, this detour from the trail may be worthwhile for the most dedicated waterfall baggers, however due to its potentially dangerous nature and the rather underwhelming views it provides of the waterfalls, it isn’t recommended for most.

For more information on this trail, visit Waterfalls of Tasmania

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