Hidden behind the town's Recycled Water Treatment Plant, Maguires Creek spreads wide across the near-vertical rock face at Tosha Falls into a pool below. It is an unlikely spot for a
waterfall, or an unlikely spot for a Recycled Water Treatment Plant, depending on your viewpoint. The falls are in a pocket of forest with a patchy grass and dirt area in front of the tranquil pool.
Above: Tosha Falls, half in the morning sun and half in the morning shade
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Can you smell the treatment plant at the falls? The treatment plant lagoons were full when I was there. On a morning with no wind, on my visit there was a faint odour at the parking area,
but clean air at the falls. Odour is only likely to be noticeable at the falls when the wind is blowing from the north.
Once you are in the little forested area at the falls, you would not even know that the treatment plant exists.
Above: Tosha Falls from the little track that leads up to the top of the falls
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The shade is good from the surrounding trees, but there are no facilities here, so bring your own mat to rest on if you planning to stay a while. Listening to the steady sound of
the falls from the flat area beside the creek downstream would be a good way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Here is a quick video of the falls taken on a dry day in winter when Maguires Creek was flowing mildly, but not in flood. What I most like about this
video is that you can see how little water is flowing in the creek under the makeshift bridge.
Despite this, the flow over the falls appears many times larger, because the rocks fan out
the water across the full width of the falls. This could be the waterfall equivalent of a bird puffing out its chest to appear larger than it really is.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|You can see water flowing over the falls most of the time, with March/April and July/August typically the wettest months.
||Visit around midday to see the falls in full sun|
Other Information Before You Go:
Western end of Johnstons Road, Alstonville, 3 km (approx. 5 min drive) north of Alstonville and 730 km (approx. 8 hr drive) north of the Sydney CBD.
From the Pacific Highway (M1) exit west just before Ballina onto the Bruxner Hwy (B60). After 5 km, head north onto the Ballina Road and then immediately
north again onto Teven Road. Follow Teven Road for 2 km then head west onto Johnstons Road. Follow Johnstons Road to the end, where there are some rock bollards and a handful
of parking spaces. From this parking area, walk west and then south along the path beside the treatment plant fenceline for approximately 400 metres until you reach the falls.
Swimming available at the falls:
Yes, noting the managing authority's advice that swimming is not recommended
Shade available at the car park area and on the shoreline around the pool at the falls.
No unauthorised vehicles, no camping or staying overnight, no rubbish dumping, no fires, no motorcycles (outside of the car park), no litter, no golf, no shooting,
no alcohol from 10pm to 7am, no trespassing on private property, no entry into the treatment plant. Dogs on leads are permitted.
See my accommodation suggestions
close to Tosha Falls.
Ballina Shire Council
Nearby attractions: Killen Falls
, 13 km to the north-east.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. Specific to this waterfall, the managing authority advises of
submerged rocks, variable water quality - swimming not recommended, strong flowing water, cliffs, deep water, uneven ground, slippery ground and steep ground. The managing authority also advises walkers to
keep to the walking track, avoid native rehabilitation areas and to not trespass on private property.
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