The Needles and Marriott Falls


Jack and I took advantage of some beautiful Tasmanian weather and headed to the South West for the weekend. On Saturday we packed the van and headed off in the search of waterfalls and mountains (and some wild blackberries to pick).

We arrived at the Marriot Falls late Saturday afternoon. Located on the outskirts of the Mount Field National Park, Marriott Falls is one of the lesser known waterfalls in the area. Anticipating a 3-hour return walk we were presently surprised to reach the falls in under an hour. The sun was out and the temperature was 24 degrees (nearly unheard of in Tasmania!) so we cooled off underneath the waterfall. We set up camp in the car park at the base of The Needles, made some dinner and ate the wild blackberries we picked after the waterfall. Alarms were set for 5:00am with the ambitions of reaching the summit by sunrise.

After starting off in darkness underneath a blanket of clouds, we slowly made our way through the clouds could tell we were in for stunning sunrise. We set up and watch the sunrise light up the low-lying clouds in the valley. With our stomachs grumbling, we descended into the cloud and back to the van for breakfast.

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