Snug Falls

ByJulia Smith

Just a 40 minute drive from Hobart is the delightfully named coastal town of Snug. So the story goes the town was named for the snug and agreeable seclusion of the inlet by European explorers –whatever the truth is – Snug is home to one of the most impressive and accessible waterfalls close to Hobart.

Once you reach central Snug, the drive up the hill to the Snug Falls track is a mix of dirt and sealed road, but was easily managed by my teeny-tiny car.  Be aware that as you drive up Snug Tiers Road you will need to take a left fork into Snug Falls Road: otherwise you will end up on a 4WD track or at someone’s house. Top tip – take the drive up Snug Falls Road slowly – the road is very narrow and so passing can be difficult – and no-one wants to end their adventure tumbling the car down the side of a hill.  

The carpark is clearly signed, has room for about six cars and the track starts about 150m further up the road. At only 45 minutes return the track is an easy four kilometre walk. Allow an additional 30 minutes for photos and exploring (especially if you are learner photographer like me and spend all your time changing lenses and then changing them back).

The track itself slowly descends from forest down into a gully and there are benches and a small shelter along the way if you need to stop to admire the view (or change a camera lense). We came across a mix of people walking the track: families, groups of friends and dog walkers (the trail is accessible by dogs on lead) and everyone seemed to have a smile on their face or a stick in their mouth.

When we reached them the Falls were in full and noisy flow due to recent snow and rain in southern Tassie. When you get to the Falls make sure you take a moment to take it all in and put your camera away for a bit. The gully is framed by ferns and mosses and provides ample opportunity for further exploring over the rocks and down the river. If it had been a little warmer we may have gone for a paddle at the base of the Falls, but we saved that adventure for the slightly warmer summer months.

We took the walk back up the hill from the Falls at an easy pace and reached the carpark just in time to drive back down into Snug as the pink evening light fell.


  • Shoes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • A friend (or some random stranger to take your photos / carry your stuff)
  • Water
  • Clothing layers (it got colder as we descended into the gully)
  • Camera / smartphone (because waterfall photos obviously)

Other things nearby:

  • The Snug Tavern – there’s beer – need we say more?
  • The Beach – a bit chilly for swimming in the winter, but a pretty walk along the coast in the evening.
  • Drive on to Kettering and catch the ferry to Bruny Island – the fabled land of cheese, oysters and did I mention cheese?