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Forth Falls is a series of picturesque waterfalls and cascades on Forth Falls Creek, that meanders its way into Lake Barrington. The Falls are accessible from the WIlmot Side of Lake Barrington, however, there is no car parking, no access track at the commencement of your walk, and no signage in the area either. To access the waterfall, you need to park along the side of Lake Barrington Rd, close to the junction of Buxtons Rd. The first part of the hike is across Private Property. Follow the property fence line southwards, until the hiking track (known as Charleston Track) becomes noticeable with ribbons hanging from trees. The ribbons will guide you through lovely lush forest with stunning views through the trees to Lake Barrington. It will also take you through an expansive area of different varieties of ferns. About 30 – 45 minutes into your walk you will reach a junction in the track. The lower falls are reached by following the junction left, and will take a further 5 – 10 minutes to reach. If you follow the junction to the right, it will take you to the very impressive upper falls, and cascade area of Forth Falls.
Forth Falls Creek traditionally flowed into the Forth river, and consisted of 7 waterfalls. However, in 1969, the construction of Lake Barrington was completed, which flooded the region as part of a Hydro Electric scheme. The flooding of the region resulted in a lake that is 20 km’s long, and provides water to the Devils Gate Power Station. It also resulted in one waterfall being lost completely, now submerged deep within Lake Barrington. Another waterfall (the true Forth Falls) is now half submerged. The top half can be seen from a kayak or canoe from the lake itself. Many locals will attest that the best of Forth Falls is now lost.
Only 2 of the 5 and a half waterfalls are viewable from the Charleston Track, though in lower flow, it may be possible to walk off track to see more of the falls.
For more information on this trail, visit Waterfalls of Tasmania