DANNY DE HEK Entrepreneur Decision Maker Connector Podcaster EducatorWaterfalls are a fascinating favourite stop for many people, and Tasmania has some wonderful falls, however, none perhaps are better than the Nelson Falls.

They may not be the biggest, but they are spectacular and situated in a beautiful setting. Best of all, they are easily accessed, unlike many of our other waterfalls. Visiting the falls is a perfect way to break your journey along the Lyell Highway (A10).

Situated in the Princess River Conservation Area in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, between Queenstown and the Derwent Bridge, these delightful falls are only 700 metres from the road, making for an easy 20-minute return walk.

The walk is rated Level 2 because it has some steps; however, walkers with a reasonable level of fitness should have no problems.

As always in the wilderness areas we advise that walkers have good, suitable footwear and warm clothing including a rain jacket. It is essential to be prepared for changeable weather. Heavy rain is possible at any time of the years and footing on tracks can become treacherous.

Pets and firearms are prohibited in the national park and bicycles are not permitted on the tracks.

Park entry fees DO apply


There are toilet facilities at the car park at the beginning of the walk.

Vehicle Access:

To reach the Nelson Falls from Queenstown follow the Lyell Highway (A10) across Lake Burbury. The Falls are in the Princes River Conservation Area just a few kilometres on from the lake. Travelling from the direction of the Derwent Bridge, the Nelson Falls car park is at the first bridge over the Nelson River.