The worst kept secret waterfall

I’ve been wanting to go find Secret Falls for ages and finally got round to it yesterday. I walked from my house in South Hobart and was there and back in a couple of hours. That’s just amazing to me, having such awesome scenery right on my doorstep.

Anyhoo back to the task at hand. Secret Falls is located up the Myrtle Gully Track, which leads to Myrtle Gully falls a short distance up from Secret Falls. Two birds, one stone, fantastic. Given its proximity to Hobart and ease of access (it’s literally a five minute walk if you have a car) Secret Falls has been photographed many many times.

I’d noticed in many of the shots that the rocks framing the falls can be a bit dark, so I decided to bring along a flash, a light-stand and some wireless transceivers to try and bring some of the detail back. In the end I had to hit the rocks with a full power pop in order to fill them in a bit. I only had an ND1000 filter for my wide lens and that proved far too dark but thankfully I was able to use a higher aperture and get some movement in the water without one.

The area around the falls is well trodden with countless ways to approach taking a photograph. I enjoyed moving around the scene and looking for different angles and approaches. My landlady had warned me about leaches before heading up but I didn’t encounter a single one. You’re more likely to be stung by one of the wasps that randomly appear.


The off-road segment of my journey up to Secret Falls started behind the Cascade Brewery on the Cascade Walking Track.

There’s plenty of crows in the forests around you making a racket.
The trail is really easy to follow and well maintained.
As I always say, when you’re out on a hike, be sure to take in the details all around you.
Lumpy tree
How Christmassy.
Behold, Secret Falls. This shot was taken from over the left hand side where there’s just about enough footing on the narrow ledges to set up a shot.
Spotted this spider hanging out on the edge of the fall. A good spot to catch some flies.
Used the 50mm for this shot to compress the rocks in a bit more around the cascading water.


Thank you leaf for adding a bit of foreground interest. 
Myrtle Gully falls from the uppermost ledge. You can shoot from the viewpoint on the bridge but that’s rarely the best spot to get a nice photo from. Do of course tread very carefully so as not to damage any of the environment.


This spot is literally a carpet of yellow Daffodils in the Spring so it was cool to see it rocking a different shade this time around. 
Happy yachting enthusiasts out on the Derwent below.


“What are you lookin’ at mate!?”


If you love waterfalls then be sure to check out Waterfalls of Tasmania which is chock full of information on the major waterfalls located around the State. I’ll let them give the game away on this one and tell you the exact location 🙂

One thought on “The worst kept secret waterfall

  1. You’ve really outdone yourself with this post. Such GORGEOUS photography! And what wonderful captions, too (“thank you leaf for adding some foreground interest” — ha ha!). Thank you for this transportive and inspiring post!

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