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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


Scenic view, St Columba Falls State Reserve
St Columba Falls (photograph: St Columba Falls)

St Columba Falls State Reserve

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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


Incident: Visitor Services - Hobart phone support closed
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​Due to recent COVID related announcements, the Visitor Services Office in Hobart is currently closed. Our phone operations are unavailable during this time for the following areas: Three Capes Track, Overland Track, Multiday Walker Registrations & Park Entry Enquiries. 

If you have an urgent enquiry relating:

Booking for the Three Capes Track, please email – threecapestrack@parks.tas.gov.au.

​Booking for the Overland Track, please email – Overlandtrack@parks.tas.gov.au.

​For urgent enquiries relating to National Park Passes, please email - Parkfees@parks.tas.gov.au​

Pending advice, the office may re-open on Tuesday 19th October 2021. We expect to receive a high volume of enquiries and it may take us longer than usual to respond to you during this period.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:27 PM


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​At St Columba Falls State Reserve, the cascading fresh waters of St Columba Falls plunge almost 90 metres from the Mount Victoria foothills to the valley of the South George River. One of the many stunning waterfalls in Tasmania, St Columba Falls has a large catchment area that creates a continuous year-round flow down the steep granite cliff face.

The cascading falls can be easily viewed while enjoying your lunch at the nearby picnic area. Get up closer by following the short walking track through a forest of tree ferns, sassafras, beech and myrtle to a viewing platform at the base of the falls. As you wander, you may even catch a glimpse of one of the elusive platypuses that burrow and forage for food along the creek’s banks.

St Columba Falls is about 30 minutes’ drive from the popular East Coast township of St Helens, making it an easy day trip for coastal holidaymakers looking for things to do around St Helens.

The spectacular waterfall in the Columba Falls State Reserve has never been known to run dry since its discovery. With an average annual rainfall of 780mm, the area supports lush rainforest which provides a spectacular setting for the much-admired falls.

The downhill St Columba Falls walk to the foot of the falls features giant tree ferns and is listed by the Parks and Wildlife Service among its 60 Great Short Walks.  No bushwalking experience is required for the 20-30 minute return stroll. The track has a hardened and compacted surface. 

Interpretative signs tell the story of the reserve. To add to your enjoyment of this rainforest paradise, pack lunch or a snack and relax at the picnic area which has a view of the falls. The ground may be slippery so make sure your footwear is sturdy. Pack a light raincoat in case of rain and to avoid the spray from the casca​ding falls. 

The surrounding area, which includes the rich dairying district of Pyengana and fascinating Blue Tier, is well worth including on any itinerary to  St Columba Falls State Reserve.