From the floor walk carpark head down the track to the river bridge. Over millennium the mighty Leven River has carved deep groves into the rock which are clearly visible zig-zaging under you feet. Once you have crossed the bridge continue on the track to the right which heads away from the river along large rock formations blanketed in ferns and moss until once again you hear the roar of the river at the splits where the water squeezes through the rugged canyon walls. Continuing along the river you look up to the point of the cliff to see the silhouette of the Devils Head. A further 5 minutes walk bring you to the devils elbow with a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view of the breathtaking fold lines and if you look really closely you can spot the Lookout almost 1000 ft above. Total walk 1.5 hour return steep terrain and steps.
Leven Canyons one of Tasmania’s most easily accessed geological monuments.
‘The Leven River thus entrenched itself in the route created after the floods of basalt. Today, it (the Leven River) finds itself in a giant valley with spectacular ravines it could never produce with modern flows. The river carries this same message of a grander past all the way to the sea . . . " – Tasmanian geologist Doc David Leaman.
From the lookout you can return (taking approx 30min) to the carpark through the forest stairs. Featuring 697 steps down thorough lush ferns you are lead to the lower cliff lookout, which is at the planning stages through Central Coast Council. From here continue through the fern walk which features a dazzling array of man ferns up to 7m tall back to the carpark.
Above is a picture of Lesley at the Leven Canyon Lookout that is only a 20 min return walk and has fantastic views of the Leven River winding it's way through a limestone gulch nearly 1000 ft below. The lookout platform offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Standing on the platform you feel inspired by the dramatic cliff formation of the canyon and the sheer ridge opposite the lookout. On clear days to the north the waters of Bass Strait can be seen.
Directly beneath the lookout the river drops in two waterfalls. At present there is no real track to view them but if your brave enough you can always try to see them the way the guy in the picture above is! For youtube footage of various kayaks going over the two falls click the link below.