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Nelson Falls

Delve into Tasmania’s dense temperate rainforest and find a mighty waterfall tumbling from a precipice of moss-covered rocks at the end of a pleasant stroll.

Nelson Falls is an awe-inspiring sight within Tasmania’s Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Walk along a short interpretive trail that meanders through western Tasmania’s ancient forests and reach a viewpoint that looks out toward the stunning cascade. The rewarding walk is a great way to learn about the geology and biodiversity of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness.

Begin your walk along the trail and you’ll soon be immersed in the lush foliage of the cool-temperate rainforest. Admire ancient plants; their ancestors grew amid the rainforests of the supercontinent of Gondwana. Try to pick out the flora species that have relatives in New Zealand and South America. Peer up at the towering native rainforest trees, such as myrtle, leatherwood and sassafras. You might be able to spot the seven different types of fern that grow in the dappled light below the forest canopy.

Read the interpretive signage that explains the region’s fascinating geological history and plant life. Listen for the sound of running water. As you reach the viewing platform, you’ll be greeted by the sight of a mighty waterfall. Nelson Falls is a broad cascade that leaps over a staircase of rock formations. Take photographs of the waterfall as it spills over the mossy rocks and into the burbling creek below. Return via the same path to get back to the trailhead.

The trail to Nelson Falls is an easy 0.4-mile (700-meter) stroll along a graded-gravel path. Complete the return trail in less than 30 minutes.

Located on the roadside of the highway that bisects Tasmania’s wild west, the Nelson Falls stopover is a great way to break up the drive between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge. The trailhead is located 17 miles (27.4 kilometers) from Queenstown. National parks fees apply to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Obtain a parks pass online or at the information centers in Queenstown or Lake St Clair. The nearest picnic and restroom facilities can be found 20.5 miles (33 kilometers) away at the Franklin River.


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The Empire Hotel AU$80
The Empire Hotel

The Empire Hotel

2 Orr Street, Queenstown, TAS
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Queenstown, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 25 mi (40 km) of West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum and Zeehan Golf Club. Strahan Harbour and Botanical Garden Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).

    West Coaster Motel AU$110
    West Coaster Motel

    West Coaster Motel

    Batchelor Street, Queenstown, TAS
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Queenstown, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 25 mi (40 km) of West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum and Zeehan Golf Club. Strahan Harbour and Botanical Garden Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).

      Comfort Inn Gold Rush AU$108
      Comfort Inn Gold Rush

      Comfort Inn Gold Rush

      65 Batchelor Street, Queenstown, TAS
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the mountains, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 25 mi (40 km) of West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum and Zeehan Golf Club. Strahan Harbour and Botanical Garden Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).

        Penghana Bed & Breakfast AU$185
        Penghana Bed & Breakfast

        Penghana Bed & Breakfast

        32 Esplanade, Queenstown, TAS
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a national park, this bed & breakfast is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 25 mi (40 km) of West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum and Zeehan Golf Club. Strahan Harbour and Botanical Garden Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).

          Mt Lyell Anchorage AU$198
          Mt Lyell Anchorage

          Mt Lyell Anchorage

          17 Cutten Street, Queenstown, TAS
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Queenstown, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway.

            Silver Hills Motel AU$109
            Silver Hills Motel

            Silver Hills Motel

            3 Penghana Road, Queenstown, TAS
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Queenstown, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 25 mi (40 km) of West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum and Zeehan Golf Club. Strahan Harbour and Botanical Garden Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).

              Queenstown Motor Lodge AU$120
              Queenstown Motor Lodge

              Queenstown Motor Lodge

              54-58 Orr Street, Queenstown, TAS
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Queenstown, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 25 mi (40 km) of West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum and Zeehan Golf Club. Strahan Harbour and Botanical Garden Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).

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                Mountain View Motel Queenstown

                Mountain View Motel Queenstown

                1 Penghana Road, Queenstown, TAS
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Queenstown, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from West Coast Wilderness Railway and within 25 mi (40 km) of West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum and Zeehan Golf Club. Strahan Harbour and Botanical Garden Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).