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Delaneys Falls (also known as Preston Falls), located approximately 25km’s south of Ulverstone, Tasmania, has a drop of approximately 25 metres into a gorge below. Access to the waterfall is very easy, with a short walk from the carpark area down a very well maintained path, to the lookout area of the falls. Due to the terrain, visibility of the waterfalls can only be seen from the side, from the top of the gorge. The viewing platform is situated on top of a cliff face, and provides excellent views of the gorge area below, as well as the waterfall.
The walk to the waterfall takes you over Preston Creek, and if you meander off the track and along the banks of the creek, very small cascaded areas are also available to be photograhed. Along the same creek, is the real Preston Falls, though not officially named as such. This waterfall is not part of the walking access, and is difficult to access due to amount of blackberry bushes in the area. Further up the creek again lays another waterfall, known as Upper Preston Falls, but is closed to the public due to the disrepair of the track.
The land surrounding the waterfalls was owned by a gentleman by the name of William Delaney. The Ulverstone Progress Society from 1905 onwards negotiated with Mr Delaney on ensuring the the falls were kept in its natural state, of which Mr Delaney agreed to. The waterfall was registered with the Nomenclature Board as Delaney Falls (the date of this is unclear), but the waterfall is currently signed as ‘Preston Falls’.
For more information on this trail, visit Waterfalls of Tasmania