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Waterfalls in New South Wales and the ACT
Waterfall Seasons of Australia - The Waterfall Guide

Waterfall Seasons of New South Wales and the ACT 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.
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Click on each waterfall title or picture below to find your next day trip, holiday destination, bushwalk, photo shoot or picnic location, or alternatively search by map.
Greater Sydney

Katoomba Falls, Blue Mountains

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Katoomba Falls, Blue Mountains Spectacular by day via an exhilerating set of steps that cling to the wall of the escarpment, or the less strenuous option from the cable car overhead, these tall tiered falls are also lit up at night…

National Falls, Royal National Park

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to National Falls, Royal National Park 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…

Toonoum Falls, Royal National Park

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Toonoum Falls 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…

Wattamolla Falls, Royal National Park

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Wattamolla Falls 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…

Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Wentworth Falls These two-tier falls have one of the best viewing perches in the Blue Mountains, jutting out into nothingness as the falls spill over the edge of the escarpment below. Access to the base via the Wentworth Falls Track is only accessible when the creek is not in flood…
Canberra and the ACT

Gibraltar Falls near Canberra, ACT

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Gibraltar Falls near Canberra 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…
NSW North Coast

Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo A waterfall that lives up to its name with a curtain of showering crystals that sparkle in the sunlight as you slip in behind this waterfall, via a boardwalk that runs under the rock overhang…

Dangar Falls, Dorrigo

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Dangar Falls, Dorrigo A reliable waterfall that flows over a basalt cliff into a large circular sink, with a huge viewing platform right next to the car park, picnic area and playground, plus a track with access to the water's edge…

Killen Falls, Tintenbar

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Killen Falls, Tintenbar A short distance below Emigrant Creek Dam, Killen Falls has a viewing platform for peering down onto the falls as they plunge into the pool below, or a slightly steeper walk over uneven ground to the base of the falls…

Newell Falls, Dorrigo

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Newell Falls, Dorrigo A visual spectacular for those in the front passenger seat, this roadside waterfall is actually best viewed driving by in your car along Waterfall Way. Find out which direction to drive past for the best views, including access to the roadside stop…

Tosha Falls, Alstonville

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Tosha Falls, Alstonville In an unlikely place for a waterfall, tucked in behind the town's recycled water treatment plant, these falls are in a small pocket of riparian forest. Find out which wind direction is the best for visiting here…

Tristania Falls, Dorrigo

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Tristania Falls, Dorrigo Along the same walk as Crystal Shower Falls, this basalt block waterfall cascades down a hill of little black cubes before passing under your feet, underneath the steel bridge that spans across the creek…

Whian Whian Falls, Whian Whian

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Whian Whian Falls Flow over the falls is somewhat dependent on whether Rocky Creek Dam is spilling, 8 km upstream. The aptly named Rocky Creek provides large rock bars to sit on, right next to the falls, in a small but steep vegetated gully…
NSW South Coast

Mumbulla Creek Falls, near Bega

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Mumbulla Creek Falls, Bega 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, near Pambula

Waterfall Seasons - Guide to Nethercote Falls, Pambula 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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