Toonoum Falls is an appropriately understated, intermittently flowing cascade in scrub next to the main road at the southern end of the Royal National Park. The falls
can be seen and heard from the roadside parking bay on Sir Bertrand Stevens Drive when Toonoum Brook is flowing.
Above: The roadside sign at the parking bay for Toonoum Falls
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To take a closer look at the falls, I scrambled down the little goat track that ran between two giant boulders, which took me to the base of the main section of
Here the falls consist of a large slab of sandstone with a few metre drop, with the creek continuing to tumble down a series of small cascades before disappearing
into the bush downstream.
Above: Toonoum Falls
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If the creek is not flowing, there is not much to see and experience here, other than a quick stretch of your legs on the side of the road and some peering into the
bush to try and see some water.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Only visit after rainfall, otherwise there is little to see here
||Anytime water is flowing will be fine, noting that the falls will be in shadow in the early morning|
Other Information Before You Go:
Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, Royal National Park, 7 km south-east of Waterfall, and 50 km south-west of the Sydney CBD.
From the Princes Hwy (M1) at Waterfall, south of Sydney, take MacKell Avenue to the end and turn left into Sir Bertram Stevens Drive.
Toonoum Falls is approximately 2.5 km along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive.
3 m at the main drop
1-4 m, depending on flow conditions
Vertical drop followed by a longer cascade that disappears into the bush downstream
Swimming available at the falls:
There is a nominal fee per vehicle for access to Royal National Park
Open 7 am to 8.30 pm daily
Partial natural shade from the trees overhead
No campfires, no solid fuel burners, no gathering firewood, no pets, no smoking, no littering, no camping
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Nearby attractions: National Falls
, 4 km to the north-west and also in the Royal National Park.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the roadside parking area next to the falls. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can sometimes occur when loading, simply click or tap on "View Larger Map" below.
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