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Lost Falls - Shannon's Blog

DATE 29/08/2011

“Hi, I'm Shannon, during the summer of 2011 as a bursary student with Forestry Tasmania, I took the challenge to visit Forestry Tamania's 52 visitor sites.

I hope you enjoy my blogs and are inspired to visit some or all of these places for yourself."

 

Lost Falls Forest Reserve is located in the Lake Leake area. If you want more information, this is a good time to stop off at the Lake Leake information booth. However, if you read my blog and feel confident from my fantastic advice (like I know you all will be…..) then you simply turn right on McKay’s Road (or ‘M’ road as it is called on the Lake Leake sign), coming from Campbell Town direction.

You only have to drive a short distance along the gravel road before you get to a Forestry sign. Then you take a left turn and wind through the forest for a little bit, until you reach the car park.

At this reserve there are two walks. First of all I went on the Lost Falls Lookout walk which first takes you down to the riverside. You can see some small waterfalls (they really are quite small), and there are also rock pools. I think it would be a nice spot to sit and relax on a hot day, or to cool off in the water.

If you continue along this track a bit further, you get to a fenced in lookout (which is good because you are very high up). Here you can see Lost Falls Creek, the waterfall, and a never ending view of the forests and valley below. The forest is really pretty as there are so many different shades of green.

On your way back to the car park, if you take note of the forest around you, you will notice that the plant species change. The vegetation here varies from wet to dry forest and also rainforest due to the different levels of humidity in the area; and is dominated by black peppermint eucalyptus (eucalyptus amygdalina).

The other walk, which leaves from the other side of the car park, winds through dry forest and then comes out at a large opening with a rocky floor. If you keep walking past this you will see another open area from which you can (on a good day) see views right out to the coast such as Freycinet Peninsula.

Unlucky for me, the day was quite overcast and I only caught a glimpse of the coast but it was impressive all the same. It really makes you realize how close you are to the coast, and how many trees stand between you. While I was up at the lookout, I noticed all these different piles of rocks all over the ground. No idea where they had come from, maybe it is the done thing when you visit.

Anyway, that’s it for Lost Falls really, there aren’t many facilities besides a picnic table, but I would say it is still worth checking out if you are in the area.
 

GPS Coordinates :

LAT :   42° 2'40.35"S
LON : 147°53'6.88"E


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