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“Nowehere near Ulverstone”
Review of Leven Canyon

Leven Canyon
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Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Nowehere near Ulverstone”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Not sure who works out where things are but this attraction is definitely in an area called Nietta that is so small it's only a place name. It's south of Ulverstone and well worth the trip if you are in the area.
There are a few walks though some are linked by an excellent stairway of 697 steps. They link Cruikshanks Lookout with The Edge Lookout and are called the Forest Stairs. Along the way they have a series of well placed bench seats and, into these are carved how many stairs you have done and how many to go. It's one of the finest laid out walks I've ever done. The whole thing (most people recommend you do the loop anti-clockwise but it's still uphill for half whichever way you go) you can do in well under the two hours it took us. Just that we're both into photography.
The other walk takes you right to the bottom and you have to drive a bit further down the road and off to your right to find this one. Parking here is very limited but don't miss it because the experience of almost being in the roaring river is one you won't forget in a hurry.
Keen walkers can also backpack across the other side and do multi-day walks. I only ventured as far as Devils Elbow.
Beneath the bridge was a mesmerising washpool of water that was semi-trapped in a sculpted hollow while above ferns nestled in unlikely footholds though the soil was nearly non existent.
It's a special place and the crashing noise of the wash below simply adds to the experience.
On the upper lookouts you can hardly hear the water but they are impressive in other ways. The Edge Lookout is not for acrophobics and Cruikshanks is 300 metres above the canyon floor with little in between.
Leven Canyon, a place for those who love nature and bushwalking.

Visited February 2013
6 Thank iandsmith
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“well worth the walk”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

I would recommend that those walking do the track anti clockwise so that they get to walk down the stairs rather than up (we found out the hard way ha ha).
This place is beautiful for a day drive and even take a picnic or something to eat at the tables as there is no where to buy food up here. The track is so well kept and there is lots of information along the way. Not for those that dont like heights but for those that dont mind the views are spectacular, you can actually see the way the mountains dip and weave in and out of each other kind of like fingers locking, where the river runs through.

Visited December 2012
4 Thank Jess A
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Leven Canyon. Well worth a look.”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Raging torrents 250 metres blow. Utterly spectacular views of rocky outcrops, mountains, Lush forests all around. A 20 minute pretty easy walk with rest seats on the way.

Visited January 2013
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Launceston, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent paths”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Really well done paths, suitable for anyone. Great views. Toilets were the best we have ever experienced in a park. The steps down to the lower level lookout were really good.

Visited January 2013
Thank Dean P
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Australia
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58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“A little known gem”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

For a short drive from Ulverstone, Sheffield or Burnie, you are rewarded with the scenic gem of Leven Canyon. The major start point has very good facilities, toilets, car parking and some seat and tables for picnics. The walks are fantastic and varied in their rating, walks 1 & 2 IMO are very easy, walk 3 lots of deep breathing required, walk 4 I believe is hard (I am yet to do), the 4 walking scenarios are, 2 x short walks and 2 x longer walk.

Walk 1, Cruikshank’s Lookout, 20 minutes return, with a spectacular viewing platform.

Walk 2, the Tree fern and Edge walk. 30 minutes return spectacular viewing.

Walk 3, the combination of 1 and 2 in a loop by using the 697 step connection, called Forest Stairs, time 45 minutes +++.

Walk 4, drive down the road another 1 kilometre for the start of the walk to the river base, only experience walkers should do this one, and there are no facilities except an impromptu car park across the road.

Whichever walk you do, you will love it.

Next time we’ll do walk 4 :o)

Visited January 2013
5 Thank Rob T
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