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Situated on Richardsons Creek, adjacent Arthur River, and about 1 – 2 kilometres from the township of Arthur River, Elver Falls is a small and pretty waterfall, with an approximate height of 4 – 5 metres. Elver falls is encased in medium to thick Eucalypt Forest, and is cradled between two steep hills, offering itself as a delightful reward for the effort to reach this waterfall. Road access to this waterfall is easy, with bitumen road all the way to Arthur River when driving from Smithton.
There are two different methods for accessing Elver Falls:
Access by foot
By foot (as documented in the map below), the path takes you along an established fence line between the forest and farm land, and then veers off into the forest towards Elver Falls. There are no established tracks in the forest, nor are there any visual guides (such as pink ribbons or metallic markers on trees) to help you move in the general direction. Also, the forest is quite dense in parts, resulting in a rigorous effort to work your way to the falls. Unless you’re confident in your hiking abilities, and have a dedicated GPS on hand, this walk is not suitable. it is not recommended to use your mobile phone GPS.
Once you scramble through the bush towards Richardsons Creek, you will then have to descend steeply to the base of the falls. It is easier to descend by walking towards Arthur River from the top of the hill on the western side of Elver Falls, and then descending gradually as you walk towards Arthur River (walking away from Elver Falls). Once you work your way down to creek level, you then proceed walking back upstream to the Falls.
By boat or kayak
A well defined path marked with ribbons is an alternate route to Elver Falls. However this path commences at the junction where Richardsons Creek flows into Arthur River itself. For this track, you will need a boat or a kayak. From the township, you paddle your way upstream about 1km, to Richardsons Creek. Once there, the hike take about 10 – 20 minutes to reach the falls. The path is overgrown in places, but is easy enough to navigate thanks to the excessive amount of ribbon tied to trees to guide you.
For another waterfall nearby, consider visiting Nelson Bay River Falls
For more information on this trail, visit Waterfalls of Tasmania