Russell Falls

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Russell Falls is a multi-level cascade waterfall in the Central Highlands region in the Mount Field National Park  (Tasmania, Australia) on the Russell-Falls Creek River.


The waterfall consists of two distinct cascades, 34 and 24 meters high, so the total height of the waterfall is 58 meters. In 100 meters upstream there is another picturesque waterfall, called “Podkova”.


To get to the waterfalls is most convenient from the highway “Gordon River” [en] (B61) . There are no settlements, and even more large ones, in the district, only a few 10-15 km away there are several small villages, for example, Maiden [about 250 inhabitants], located 11 km. Nevertheless, waterfalls are a popular tourist attraction, approaches to them are paved.


The Russell waterfall, then called the Brownings, was discovered around 1856. By 1884, he changed his name to the present, even then he was popular with tourists. In 1885 the waterfall and its surroundings were declared a natural reserve. In 1899 Russell’s waterfall was chosen as one of eight images for a set of Tasmanian postage stamps.


The falls are about fifty meters tall and fairly wide as well, with cords of water stumbling down an open rock face. Toward the top of the waterfall there are steps in the sheer rock that broaden the falls as it comes down. At the bottom of the falls, the long main drop courses down the left side of a dark moss and fern-covered ledge. A few fingers of water form their own falls to the right, spilling off the rock in faint ribbons. A dense collection of rainforest trees line the waterfall on both side, but there are no trees between the viewing area and the bottom of the falls, affording a close clear look at Russell falls. Stand inside the large opening below the waterfall and take in the liquid view!


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Location -42.6769, 146.7121
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Total Height 164 feet 50 meters
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Num of Drops 3
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Stream Russell Falls Creek
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