Waterfalls in New South Wales and the ACT
Waterfall Seasons of Australia - The Waterfall Guide
This seasonal guide to waterfalls in New South Wales and the ACT recommends the best time of year and the best time of day to visit each waterfall using hydrologic knowledge to get the most out of your visit. It ensures you have the best chance of seeing water flowing over the falls in full sun. Compiled by hydrologist Brad Neal, the guide also includes information about how to get there, facilities available, viewing angles, waterfall dimensions, swimming opportunities, a photo/video and my personal impressions. This website only includes waterfalls that I have personally visited and photographed, which in this region at the current time consists of waterfalls in southern NSW and the ACT.
Select Your Waterfall:
Click on each waterfall title or picture to find your next day trip, holiday destination, bushwalk, photo shoot or picnic location. Gibraltar Falls is the only readily accessible waterfall in the ACT, located in the hills south-west of Canberra. The falls boast a fifty metre drop over the edge of a granite cliff, with a viewing platform in front of the top of the falls… Mumbulla Creek Falls is a smooth rock wall around 5-10 metres high situated within the Biamanga National Park. Much of the time there is only a trickle over the falls, but the very deep pool at the base of the falls is permanent… Nethercote Falls has a large, deep pool nestled in a rock gorge with a sizeable waterfall at one end. You can sit on the rocks high up on the side of the gorge, by clambering up the back of the wall, for a bird's eye view of this waterfall…

If you are planning a visit to New South Wales or the ACT from interstate or overseas, be mindful of the variable climate. Reliable rainfall occurs in winter/spring (typically Jun-Nov) in the south, when waterfalls in this region are usually flowing. In the north of the state rainfall is less predictable and most rainfall typically occurs in summer/autumn. During drought, many waterfalls in New South Wales and the ACT dry up completely.

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