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View of the beautiful Pyengana Valley
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region
The full span of the St Columba Falls
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region
The top of the St Columba Falls
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region
View of the base of the Falls
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region
Ferns thrive at the base of the Falls.
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region
The base of Ralph Falls
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region
Ancient giant trees near the Falls
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region
Fast flowing stream near the Falls
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region
The start of the walk to the Falls
St Columba Falls
East Coast Region

St COLUMBA FALLS, Ralph Falls, Goulds Country & Pyengana

St COLUMBA FALLS and RALPH FALLS are large water falls located near PYENGANA in the north east corner of Tasmania. They are no facilities near the falls, but they are easy to access and there are 2 restaurants at Pyengana.

The falls are located in the St Columba Falls Reserve, which is north west of St Helens and south east of Derby. The area is in the George River Valley. This area is fairly close to St Helens, which has many facilities and much accommodation.

GOULDS COUNTRY, with its beautiful valleys, is located north east of the St Columba Falls.

From the St COLUMBA FALLS you are 20 minutes from GOULDS COUNTRY, 30 minutes from St HELENS, DERBY and POIMENA. You are 60 minutes from SCOTTSDALE and St MARYS.

Note that the MATHINNA FALLS are geographically close, but the connecting gravel road is in very poor condition.

Nearby places are described in the EAST COAST REGION, the NORTH EAST REGION, St HELENS, DERBY and POIMENA pages.


View Region East Coast of Tasmania 3 in a larger map. Unfortunately, you need to go to the Google Page 2 map to see some of my marked features.

SIGHT: The St COLUMBA FALLS are one of the largest falls in Tasmania and they are very easy to reach by car. They can even be seen from the car park. RALPH FALLS are close by and this area has a fairly easy walk to CASHS GORGE. Pyengana is also noteworthy for its CHEESE FACTORY and its unique PUB in a PADDOCK. Beautiful valley views can be seen in nearby GOULDS COUNTRY.

FACILITIES: The nearest large shopping precinct is at St HELENS. There are shops, a cafe, a hotel and a petrol pump at DERBY. The PYENGANA CHEESE FACTORY has a cafe, telephone (03) 6373 6157

TOURIST information on the falls telephone (03) 6352 6520

ACCOMMODATION near the St Columba Falls is listed below. There is more accommodation at DERBY and St HELENS.

ROUTES: From St HELENS you drive NORTH EAST on the A3 Tasman Highway, until you see C428 St Columba Falls Road to the south. You follow this through the tiny locality of PYENGANA to the St COLUMBA FALLS.

The road to RALPH FALLS is close to the St Columba Falls. It diverges from the St Columba Falls road go to the the west of these falls. This area is well signed.

Both Ralph Falls and St Columba Falls can be approached from Ringarooma, however this involves a drive on a rough road.

GOULDS COUNTRY is located just off the main A3 Tasman Highway east of the turn off to the St Columba Falls. It is a gravel road and gets rough as you approach Poimena.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY

  • RALPH FALLS
  • St COLUMBA FALLS
  • PYENGANA
  • GOULDS COUNTRY

 

Pyengana Valley

1/ Ralph Falls is near the St Columba Falls in North East Tasmania. This photo shows a beautiful view from near Ralph Falls looking towards the Valley of Pyengana.

Ralph Falls

2/ The approach to the Ralph Falls is a relatively easy walk down a well marked track.

Ralph Falls

3/ The trail to Ralph Falls passes through a beautiful regrowth myrtle forest.

Ralph Falls

4/ The sign shows you a longer route to Ralph Falls via Cash's Gorge.

Ralph Falls

5/ Ralph Falls are a spectacular sight as they fall a massive 90 metres.

Ralph Falls

6/ The size of the lower drop at Ralph Falls can be judged from the man waving his arm. I estimated they were about 10 metres.

 

St Columba Falls, Tasmania

1/ The St Columba Falls are in north eastern Tasmania. This photo shows the car park near the entrance hut to the St Columba Falls Trail. Unfortunately, the parking is on the road itself. The sign shows the way to other walks.

St Columba Falls, Tasmania

2/ You can hear the roar of the St Columba Falls from the car park and even from one kilometre away, the view is quite impressive.

St Columba Falls, Tasmania

3/ The walk to the St Columba Falls is through a lovely fern glade.

St Columba Falls, Tasmania

4/ A number of lovely streams are visible from the track to the St Columba Falls.

St Columba Falls, Tasmania

5/ Some of the ferns on the trail to the St Columba Falls were over 2 metres tall.

Stream near St Columba Falls

6/ The stream flow rapidly increases as you approach the St Columba Falls.

St Columba Falls, Tasmania

7/ Ferns thrive in the wet air near the base of the massive St Columba Falls.

St Columba Falls

8/ The viewing platform is only 50 metres from the base of the St Columba Falls. The view up is very impressive.

St Columba Falls, Tasmania

9/ Ferns grow within metres of the rushing waters of the St Columba Falls.

St Columba Falls, Tasmania

10/ This photo shows a telephoto view of the top of the St Columba Falls.

 

Pyengana, Tasmania

1/ Pyengana is in north eastern Tasmania. It is near the St Columba Falls. This photo shows the beautiful Valley of Pyengana. Its meadows are surrounded by mountains.

Pyengana, Tasmania

2/ The road to the St Columba Falls is through the lush meadows of Pyengana.

Pyengana

3/ The meadows of the Pyengana Valley show a profusion of beautiful shades of green.

Pyengana

4/ The Pyengana Valley has some of the best dairy meadows in the World.

Pyengana, Tasmania

5/ The Cheese Factory and cafe at Pyengana is a good place to take a break and try the cheeses.

Pyengana, Tasmania

6/ Near the Pyengana Cheese Factory is this modern dairy farm.

Pub in the Paddock at Pyengana

7/ The Pub in a Paddock at Pyengana is also a good place to take a break from your drive.

 

Goulds Country

1/ Goulds Country is a beautiful valley just off the A3 Tasman Highway west of St Helens in the north east of Tasmania. It is on the road to Poimena and the Blue Tier.

Goulds Country

2/ This is the approach road to the tiny hamlet of Goulds Country. The meadows are so lush and green that you could imagine that you are in Europe.

Goulds Country

3/ This is the lovely Union Church of Goulds Country built in 1879. There is an ancient cemetery behind it. This photo was taken at sunset.

Goulds Country

4/ There are many graves of settlers in this cemetery. This one tells of 3 children, who died tragically together. It shows how hard life was for the early settlers of even a fertile valley like Goulds Country in the 19th Century.

Goulds Country

5/ This is one of the most attractive houses in Goulds Country. It is next to the church shown below.

Goulds Country

6/ There are some other cottages in Goulds Country that could be restored. They and the 2 churches prove that Goulds Country once had a much larger population.

church at Goulds Country

7/ This is the other lovely church in Goulds Country. It looks down on the lush meadows of the valley below. It shows you the soft colours of a winter day.

Goulds Country

8/ This is the road to Poimena and the Blue Tier, as you leave Goulds Country. It is a gravel road and gets very rough, as you approach Poimena.

 

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