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SMOKO FALLS

The Great Western Tiers

 

The elusive Smoko Falls.  It took three visits to this area before we learned that Smoko Falls were in fact the Falls in the picture on the right.  A small version of Meander Falls.  The Falls themselves are an hour and a half from the start of the track.  The track follows the crystal clear waters of Mother Cummings Rivulet (marked as Smoko Creek on early maps) passing through a pristine rain forest environment.  Mother Cummings Rivulet is a series of tumbling cascades and small waterfalls.  It also crosses  a boulder field providing spectacular views below Mother Cummings Peak and the Tiers to the South East.  The track continues on to Mother Cummings Peak summit.  At the Falls another track continues on to the plateau behind Mother Cummings Peak and beyond to Westrope Road.

 

One would be forgiven on several occasions to have thought that they had reached Smoko Falls.  However, after our third attempt of following the track right through, the discovery of Smoko Falls was evident.

 

The falls are not signposted and we needed to talk to a seasoned walker to verify these are in fact the Falls.  To add to the confusion, there are two tracks to the falls from the car park on Smoko Road.  The signs at the car park direct walkers across the river to all walks.  There is no bridge and at high water levels the river is not passable.  However, there is a partially concealed track on the right hand side of the car park.  This track does not involve a river crossing.  The Falls would no doubt be spectacular in flood.

 

Smoko Road continues over the bridgeless  creek for another 2 kilometres or so.  This was no doubt the original car park for the walks.  The other walk being to Chasm Falls - Zig Zag Rock.  The Smoko Falls track from here re-crosses Mother Cummings Creek.  Be warned, the crossing on the return trip is not marked.  To add to the confusion there is another marked crossing about 200 metres further upstream.  We are unaware where this track leads.

 

 

 

 

   
 

 
 

SMOKO FALLS REVISITED JULY 2008