Australia is a diverse landscape with many waterfalls that flow year-round. Whether set near ancient sites, on mountainsides, or in luscious rainforests, the ethereal nature of rushing water will always get the imagination ignited. Here are BHR’s top 7 waterfalls in Australia that will fuel your dreams.
#1 WENTWORTH FALLS
The Blue Mountains has its fair share of attractions with Wentworth Falls arguably being one of its more impressive sights, with spilling white water from as high as 297 metres into the Valley of the Waters. A little over an hour’s drive from Sydney and following the National Pass walking trail, serious hikers pack for the three-hour hike journey of the 5 kilometre track that loops around the cliffs of the Jamison Valley and through the Eucalypt Forrest to catch a glimpse of the falls. With BBQ and picnic facilities on site, it’s the perfect Saturday outing, no-price tag attached.
#2 FITZROY FALLS
Based in the gullies of Moreton National Park on the Southern Highlands in New South Wales, Fitzroy Falls is a sight to behold. Native rainforest and wildlife surround hikers that can take an easy boardwalk stroll from the Fitzroy Falls Centre to get views of the 80 metre plunging waterfall and the Yarrunga Valley below.
The sheer beauty of the waters tumbling over sandstone cliff face, is complemented by wildflower walking tracks that range from 1.6 to 5 kilometres in length. A 30 kilometre cycling trail from Fitzroy Falls to Kangaroo Valley will satisfy those looking for a challenging adventure as well as plenty of friendly encounters with Australian fauna like wombats, kangaroos and lyrebirds.
#3 TRENTHAM FALLS
If you are chasing waterfalls, then the Great Dividing Range 50 kilometres west of Melbourne has explorers satisfied.
Having earned legendary status among Victorians, Trentham Falls formed around 5 million years ago by molten lava and situated deep in the Wombat State Forest are the tallest single drop waterfalls in Victoria. Immerse yourself in the falls that plunge over basalt columns onto the quartz below. A sight to behold during Winter, this moss-covered wonderland with bountiful ferns that drip with water will not leave visitors disappointed.
#4 KING GEORGE FALLS
Plunging over an ancient sandstone cliff, Western Australia's twin King George Falls in the Kimberley region is an icon of the remote area’s rugged ranges, dramatic gorges with some of the world's most isolated stretches of wilderness. Featured in Baz Luhrmann's 2008 film Australia, the 80 metre high waterfall is like a layered cake, spilling white water over multiple layers and into tidal waves that can be viewed by air or boat. The drama is intensified by the orange gorge which increases with grandeur the closer you get to the falls. It’s no surprise that the Kimberly Region continues to rank highly on international travellers’ bucket list.
#5 FLORENCE FALLS
What Darwin lacks in man-made entertainment it makes up for with its many jewels of nature, with stunning waterfalls and waterholes topping the list for natural beauty. No other National Park puts on a greater display of natural wonder than Litchfield National Park, 80 kilometres south of Darwin, where creeks and rivers converge to become explosive waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools.
The standout, Florence Falls is a spectacular double waterfall which is 64 metres above sea level showering into a plunge pool at its base in the monsoon forest. Open all year around, you can soak in the sights and meander to the top will give you panoramic views of the with a 160 step staircase for the pool below you can take a refreshing swim and enjoy a scenic walk to the valley thereafter.
#6 JOSEPHINE FALLS
Tropical North Queensland demonstrates best that nature rewards those who persevere, with a majestic voyage through national parks and rushing waterfalls. BHR’s favourite, Josephine Falls sits at the base of Queensland’s highest mountain – Mount Bartle Frere in Wooroonooran National Park, an hour’s south drive from Cairns. Supported by 250 days an annum of rainfall it’s little wonder that the multi-tiered cascade Josephine Falls tumbling over the giant granite boulders was a popular picnic spot for early European settlers and remains so with tourists today.
Swimmers can choose between the Bottom Pool and Middle Creek for an afternoon of relaxation as well as making use of the photo opportunities at the viewing platforms. With walking tracks for both the experienced and inexperienced hiker, the Josephine Falls Walking Track is recommended for hikers and birdwatchers alike.
#7 RUSSELL FALLS
Tasmania is home to more than 200 waterfalls which is to be expected given that the territory has some of the world’s most luscious rainforest, experiencing high average rainfall. Just over an hour drive from Hobart via New Norfolk and only a 10 minute walk from Mt Field National Park is arguably Tasmania’s most visited waterfall- Russell Falls. The two-tiered waterfall is best observed during winter as the snow on the local mountains melt or after heavy rainfall. Part of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area, there are a wide variety of scenic walks for all fitness levels, ranging from 20 minutes to a full day’s exploration. The most popular is arguably the two-hour trek that will not only get you to Russell Falls but will also let you pass through and see Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls that each possess their own unique charm.