Positioned just outside the southern reach of the Mt Field National Park near Tyenna, Marriott’s Falls is a hidden gem to rival the beauty and spectacle of the nearby Russell Falls. The additional 10 minutes drive past Mt Field through Maydena is well worth the trip to experience the beauty of the National Park area without the droves of tourists that accompany it.
The 3km walk to the Falls follows the Tyenna River over some gentle inclines through some beautiful rainforest and open plains. Once at the falls there are a few wet and slippery sections that require some care in traversing.
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|Marriott’s Falls is located 85km north-west of Hobart, on the outskirts of Mt Field National Park. From Hobart, head north-west on the Brooker Highway (A10) to New Norfolk. Once at New Norfolk, follow the winding road of B61/B62, passing Mt Field and the small township of National Park. The signposted turn off to Marriott’s Falls lies on the right hand side of the road just outside of the township of Tyenna. The walk begins at the forked section of the road directly after the river.|
The trail is easy to follow for the entirety of the hike. The beginning of the walk follows a dirt road littered with potholes for 100m or so before crossing a creek where an old signpost gives some insight into the history of the walk. After recent logging (early 2013) near the beginning of the trail, first impressions of the Marriott’s Falls track are those of disappointment, it does however quickly get better. Once on the trail section, the walk leads you through dense swamp gums (Eucalyptus regnans) before opening up into a grassy plain around the 1.5km mark.
The trail then enters the rainforest section, this last section of the hike slightly harder than the previous, with a number of slippery sections to navigate before reaching the falls. During the wetter months, the thumping sound of the falls will reassure you that you are in the right place for the last 100 meters or so. The amount of water that flows over the waterfall can be quiet intimidating at times. The base of Marriott’s Falls can be accessed from either side. The total return distance to Marriott’s Falls is 5km
Marriott’s Falls is absolutely stunning and is well worth the visit.
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania
Hazards and Warnings
There are a few steep cliff faces along the path to keep an eye out for, as well as a number of muddy and slippery sections (especially towards the end). The force of the waterfall can also get rather extreme in the wetter months, so be careful if getting up close in those conditions.