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.
This website only includes waterfalls that I have personally visited and photographed.
Select Your Waterfall:
Click on each waterfall title or picture to find your next day trip, holiday destination, bushwalk, photo shoot or
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…
Does this waterfall live up to the expectation of being named like a waterfall of national significance, with the nearby town of Waterfall also named
in its honour? Perhaps, but only if you time your visit right, as I found out the hard way…
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…
This low-key cascade hidden in the scrub beside a roadside parking bay offers little for waterfall viewers unless it has recently been raining, when it
can be seen and heard next to the road…
Water flows over a 10 metre high sandstone cliff down into an ocean lagoon, all only a few steps away from the car park and
picnic area, and supervised by a colony of large but non-confrontational water dragons…
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.