The first overnight stop on the Overland
Track is at Waterfall Valley. There is a well equipped new hut about
a hundred metres from the original hut. The latter is in an idyllic
setting amongst pencil pines and scoparia with a blanket of deep green
moss covering the ground.
The descent into Waterfall
The walk in is about 3 1/2 hours on a dry
well constructed track. The walk can be taken in a day but as with
all walks beyond Dove Lake, precautions are required. The only difficult
section is the climb up to Marion's Lookout. The section is not that
long - about 15 minutes of a very steep section. An alternative is
to take the Horse Track past Crater Peak - no hard steep sections.
Superb views on either track. An hour or more is needed to explore
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Two small creeks run through Waterfall Valley to
the east of the track. A labyrinth of tracks lead down to numerous very
picturesque waterfalls and cascades.
Looking back towards Cradle Mountain from
near the Barn Bluff track junction. 1/2 hour walk from the Valley.
BARN BLUFF dominates the skyline to the west
on the first day of the Overland Track. Scoparia bush starting to
flower in the foreground.