A easy 30 minute drive inland from St Helens you will find the fertile valley of Pyengana. A quaint dairy community, boasting an award winning Cheese factory and The Pub in the Paddock, one of Tasmanian oldest pubs. A few kilometers further along the road you’ll arrive at the entrance to St Columba Falls, a 90 metre-tall cascade, one of Tasmania’s highest multi-tiered waterfalls – and it is truly spectacular!
From the reserve car park, it’s an easy ten-minute stroll through the heart of an ancient temperate rain-forest studded with colossal tree ferns, sassafras, myrtle and beech trees to a swiftly flowing creek and then a slight incline brings you to the viewing platform for the falls.
Just down the road is the Pyengana Dairy Company, which has been making delicious cheese since the early 1900s. Famous for their award-winning cloth-bound cheddar, Pyengana also produces all sorts of flavoured cheese – from chilli, sun-dried tomato, pickled onion to caraway – made from the milk of the fat cows you see grazing in the fields of Pyengana’s dairy farms.
Continue along the Tasman Highway for another 20 minutes or so and you’ll stumble across the tiny village of Weldborough, known for its exceptional pub – the Weldborough Hotel. From here it a easy drive inland to explore the remnants of the Mount Paris Dam.