There are four waterfalls along the Liffey River, which are collectively known as the Liffey Falls. The last waterfall (when walking downstream from the upper carpark) is the largest of these. While officially called Victoria Falls, it’s often referred to as Liffey Falls. The waterfall is considered one of the most picturesque in Tasmania.
The Liffey River cascades over multiple tiers, with ferns and rainforest-like foliage on both sides. Below the waterfall are two small but beautiful pools, separate by a wide cascade. It’s a popular swimming spot in summer, although the water is pretty cold!
The four waterfalls along the Liffey River (which was originally called Tellerpangger by the indigenous Panninher people who inhabited this area), are:
- Alexandra Falls
- Hopetoun Falls
- The Leap or Spout Falls (also called the Albert Falls)
- Victoria Falls (sometimes called the Liffey Falls)
Getting to Liffey Falls
The shortest access to the waterfall is via the Upper Liffey Falls Track, which is on the Riversdale Road about half an hour south-east of Deloraine (route partly unsealed and not suitable for long wheelbase vehicles such as caravans and motorhomes). The distance is about 2km return, and while fairly steep is a well-made track.
There is also access is via the Lower Track, which starts on Bogan Road and is also about 30min drive from Deloraine. This route is suitable for all vehicles, with the walk to the main Liffey Falls being about 8km on a rougher track.
Best time to visit
As the Liffey River drains a large area of the Great Western Tiers, it never dries up – and heavy rain in the Tiers can result in rapid and unexpected flooding. However, the volume of water can drop significantly during long dry periods, and the best time to view the falls is from the end of winter to early spring (July – October) when rainfall is highest.