Nelson Falls

20 min to 30 min
20 min to 45 min

1.2 km

↑ 29 m
↓ -29 m

Smooth & flat
Starting from a car park just off the Lyell Highway, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, this walk leads to Nelson Falls and back via the Nelson Falls Trail. This delightful short walk takes visitors alongside a burbling river to the beautiful Nelson Falls, a picturesque waterfall that cascades down a stepped rockface and splashes onto boulders covered in green moss. The short walk to the falls takes you on a flat gravel path through a dense rainforest full of giant ferns, myrtle and sassafras. It's great for all ages, and is also wheelchair access-friendly. Along the way, interpretive panels highlight how the habitat has evolved. The falls are best viewed after heavy rain, or during winter and spring when they're in full flow. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Nelson Falls Path & Lyell Highway (-42.1040478,145.7363355)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Driffield Street
  • Turn on to Driffield Street then drive for 15 m
  • Turn right onto Batchelor Street, A10 and drive for another 27 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Nelson Falls Path & Lyell Highway Start heading along Nelson Falls Path (a walking track).
After 70 m pass the car park (65 m on your left).
Then pass the sign.
After another 75 m pass the toilet (30 m on your left).
Continue another 460 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 600 m to get back to the start.
About 75 m past the end is "Nelson Falls".
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Nelson Falls

Class 1/6
Smooth & flat
Length 1.2 km
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 145 m from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
145 m[toilet]
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