Liffey Valley

Last updated: Friday 27 May, 2016
A map showing the location of our Liffey Valley Reserves in Tasmania.

Established: 1991
Area: 287 ha (comprises 4 reserves: Liffey River, Coalmine Creek, Dry's Bluff & Oura Oura).
Location: 55km SW of Launceston

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If you were a Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle riding the air currents high above Liffey Valley Reserves, you'd have a spectacular view of towering mountain plateaus, tumbling rivers and sweeping valley plains.

Drys Bluff towers above the Liffey Valley. Photo Peter Morris.
Drys Bluff towers above the Liffey Valley. Photo Peter Morris.
From the giddy heights of Dry's Bluff, 1200 metres above sea level, you could swoop down over the top of an almost vertical cliff face, plunging 800 metres straight down to the fertile valley floor below.

Flying over Pages Creek, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a spotted-tail quoll, or platypuses searching for food.

Edge of wet sclerophyll forest with bracken fern, and black wattle Acacia species. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Edge of wet sclerophyll forest with bracken fern, and black wattle Acacia species. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
And crossing the valley floor you would see a rich mosaic of ecosystems, including lush temperate rainforest, with its attendant Gondwanan tree species of myrtle beech and sassafras.

Oh, and if you were a Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, you'd be very special. There are estimated to be fewer than 250 breeding pairs left in the world, making places like the Liffey Valley extremely important if these eagles are to survive into the future.

All this has been protected thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

What we’re doing

Arson and fire escaping from bush camps have been problems in the past, but active fire management is largely not feasible in this location. So we focus our attention on preventative management of fire outbreaks.

Volunteers hand weeding foxglove. Photo Karen Harland.
Volunteers hand weeding foxglove. Photo Karen Harland.
One important step has been banning campfires on all the reserves within the Liffey Valley. This is especially important to protect the fire-sensitive rainforest and old-growth eucalypts found along the rivers and creeks.

Weed control occurs annually. Among the normal suite of invasive weeds found in Tasmania, we're particularly interested in controlling the spread of foxglove at Liffey.

This pretty weed – the same as the flower found in cottage gardens across the world – spreads quickly in the open sedgeland along Pages Creek and along tracks. The tall flowering stems produce copious amounts of fine seed that allow it to multiply quickly.

Luckily, foxglove is easy to hand-weed, and even cutting the flowering stem can reduce seed-set if the stem is cut at the right time.

Cultural values

The Liffey Falls region was a meeting place for three Tasmanian Aboriginal groups: the Big River, North and North Midlands people. The area's sandstone overhangs provided shelter, and stone artefacts still mark old Aboriginal campsites.

Oura Oura Reserve, which was gifted by Bob Brown in 2011, played an important role in the history of the Australian conservation movement – over the years the cottage hosted formative meetings of Bush Heritage Australia, The Wilderness Society, the Tasmanian and Australian Greens, and the Franklin River Campaign.

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