Russell Falls

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Russell Falls
Russell Falls 2.jpg
Lower curtain of Russell Falls
Russell Falls is located in Tasmania
Russell Falls
LocationCentral Highlands, Tasmania, Australia
Coordinates42°40′12″S 146°42′36″E / 42.67000°S 146.71000°E / -42.67000; 146.71000Coordinates: 42°40′12″S 146°42′36″E / 42.67000°S 146.71000°E / -42.67000; 146.71000[1]
Elevation295 metres (968 ft)[2]
Total height34–58 metres (112–190 ft)[2]
Number of drops2
WatercourseRussell Falls Creek

The Russell Falls, a tiered–cascade waterfall on the Russell Falls Creek, is located in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Australia.

Location and features[edit]

The Russell Falls are situated on the eastern boundary of Mount Field National Park, 100 metres (330 ft) downstream of the Horseshoe Falls, approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) northwest of Hobart via the Brooker and Lyell highways. Accessible by a paved walking track, the falls are a popular tourist attraction. The waterfall descends over horizontal marine Permian siltstone benches, while the vertical faces of the falls are composed of resistant sandstone layers.[3][4][5]

They were first named the Brownings Falls after the original discoverer, circa 1856, but were known as the Russell Falls after 1884, by which time they were already a popular tourist attraction.[5] The Falls Reserve was established in 1885 and in 1899 the Russell Falls were selected as one of eight images to be used on a set of pictorial postage stamps, aimed at promoting the then colony's growing tourist industry.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Russell Falls (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. ^ a b "Map of Russell Falls, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls". TasTrails. 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Mt Field National Park". Parks & Wildlife Service. Government of Tasmania. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Mt Field National Park: Highlights". Parks & Wildlife Service. Government of Tasmania. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2014.

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