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A beautiful and almost hidden waterfall colloquially known as the Devils Cauldron is situated just outside Lees Paddocks in Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. The waterfall flows along Wurragarra Creek before descending into a narrow gorge with sensational cliffs on each side, some of which contain small caves. The scenery is spectacular, and with other smaller waterfalls downstream from Devils Cauldron, it’s a great destination following from hours of hiking.
How to Get to Devils Cauldron
Access to Devils Cauldron is via the Lees Paddocks Track in the Mersey Valley, and commences from Mersey Forest Road, though is not signposted. The track commences by walking down hill for a short distance before crossing the mighty Mersey River on a suspension bridge. Once on the other side, information boards will give you instructions and directions of where the track leads to. The hike from this point to the commencement of Lees Paddocks is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, and bypasses two excellent waterfalls each worth the small detour to view. The first of these falls is Lewis Falls (click to read about Lewis Falls). The second is Oxley Falls.
The track is incredibly muddy in many sections requiring excellent waterproof boots to hike along it. Once you reach the gates to Lees Paddocks, you will be greeted with signage explaining you are about to enter into Private Property, and although hikers are welcome through the paddocks, no commercial tours are allowed to operate in the private land area. Continue along the track until you reach the first major creek (it’s more like a river most of the year), and instead of crossing the creek, follow it upstream. At times you may need to walk on the cliffs above the creek to be able to access Devils Cauldron and the smaller waterfalls close by.
For more information on this trail, visit Waterfalls of Tasmania