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The beauty of Nelson Falls in Tasmania’s west can now be fully appreciated from a new viewing platform.

The new galvanised steel structure near the base of the falls replaces two old wooden platforms and offers spectacular views with only a minimal chance of being drenched by spray.

It is cantilevered over the water and the decking is manufactured from durable fibreglass reinforced plastic which is non-slip and requires minimum maintenance.

The platform and associated track upgrade was completed “in-house” by staff from the PWS Queenstown-Strahan office and fire crew.

Queenstown ranger Ben Hill said the construction team did a great job under very trying conditions.

“The work was done at the dead of winter and the maximum temperature rarely exceeded one degree Celsius,” he said.

“We had to use heat guns to ensure the adhesives did their job.”

Ben said the falls are a popular stopover for Lyell Highway travellers and he is confident visitors will appreciate the great vantage point provided by the new viewing platform.

“The falls flow all year but the water volume varies dramatically. Visitors will now have a great angle from which to take photos and will stay dry into the bargain,” he said.

The Nelson Falls nature trail is in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and starts at a rest stop on the Lyell Highway four kilometres west of Victoria Pass.

The 20-minute walk through lush rainforest into the falls is flat and of “wheelchair assisted” standard.

Nelson Falls has new vantage point

The new platform provides an excellent vantage point

Nelson Falls has new vantage point

The platform surface is non-slip and requires minimum maintenance