The Tarkine is Tasmania’s largest unprotected wilderness area. It hosts the only wilderness landscape dominated by rainforest in Australia. Its rainforests form the largest continuous tract of rainforest in Australia, they being the largest temperate rainforests in Australia.
The gravel track to Mount Cleveland is one of many fire trails which wend their way through the region. Mount Cleveland lies within the State Forest in northwest Tasmania, 13 km from Waratch. Mount Cleveland is at an altitude of about 850m above sea level. The nearest sealed road to Mount Cleveland is the Mount Road (1.79km away). Gold was found at Specimen Reef on Mt Cleveland in 1884, and it became a profitable goldfield. Tin was also successfully mined here.
In February 1937, a Royal Australian Air Force Hawker Demon A 1-8, crashed into a hillside of Mt Cleveland when the pilot was attempting to make a forced landing after the tip of one of the wings had struck a tree in the fog. The machine turned upside down but although both men were trapped in the cockpit, they escaped with minor injuries. Only the instruments and fittings will were salvaged from the aircraft.
Previously closed to the public, the track has recently been upgraded and leads to a viewing platform near the falls. Good fitness is required as the downhill gravel walk takes 40 minutes each way and descends 240 timber steps. Well worth the effort, it is well signposted from the turnoff at the road and impossible to become lost.
Location: the upper reaches of the Arthur River, 10km from Waratah.