From Bushwalk Australia
25K Map: 4040 Lea
Stream: Winter Brook
Forum: Winterbrook Falls
The Winterbrook Falls are approximately 45 km (as the crow files) almost direct south of Burnie. It is about a 40 Km drive from Ulverstone via Nietta to the access track. From Nietta, take the South Nietta Rd which continues on as a gravel logging road called Smiths Plain Rd. Follow the signs until you come to the car park. You can either walk in along the Tramway Track or continue a little further down Smiths Plains Rd to the start of the Maxwells Track.
The falls drop about 75m into a natural amphitheater on the western side of Black Bluff. The area is notable for it's historic remains of pioneer logging days when King Billy Pine, a Tasmanian Conifer, was logged using bullock teams in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The logs were bought out along skid-ways and a wooden tramway. The Tramway Track partially follows the path of the original logging tramway. Remnants of Tramway and skid-ways are still visible on the side of the track.
The forest around the falls is a typical cool temperate rainforest. You will see Tasmanian Myrtle (Nothofagus Cunninghamii), Sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum), Celery-top Pine (Phyllocladus aspleniifolius), and Leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida) trees. This area is also the most northern population of King Billy Pines (Athrotaxis selaginoides) in the state. Above the falls as you climb up onto the Black Bluff Range you will find alpine vegetation.
One of the best times to visit this area is Autumn. At this time of the year the walk into the falls is a fantastic place to see and photograph fungi.