10 must-see Australian waterfalls
Although we live in the world’s driest inhabited continent, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the regular sight of gushing water. Waterfalls allow for incredible viewing, leaving us gazing in awe and reaching for the camera. They showcase nature at its most picturesque and are regularly flanked by dazzling landscapes.
Visiting waterfalls makes for rewarding day trips when staying at your BIG4 accommodation, providing the ideal motivation to explore your new surrounds.
As this country teems with incredible waterfalls – from the massive to the quirky – we thought we’d put together a list of the best. Prepare to be introduced to 10 amazing Australian waterfalls.
New South Wales
1. Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo National Park
Spotted within the glorious World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia area, this single-drop waterfall is majestic. A visit here is noteworthy: follow the walking track that positions you right behind the fall as water plunges into a pool surrounded by lush scenery. Crystal Shower Falls is one of several waterfalls within Dorrigo National Park and the wider region. Dorrigo is an hour’s drive from Coffs Harbour.
2. Ebor Falls, Guy Fawkes River National Park
Watching the waters of Guy Fawkes River drop 100m into a spectacular gorge is gripping. This superb two-tiered waterfall is a photographer’s dream: take in the outrageous beauty from three designated lookout platforms, which deliver contrasting views of the falls and rugged surrounds. Ebor Falls can be comfortably reached when staying at BIG4 Armidale Highlander Van Village in Armidale.
3. Wollomombi Falls, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Witness a remarkable sight as the highest waterfall in New South Wales drops 220m into a gorge. Like Crystal Shower Falls, it is located within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia area; so expect a landscape dominated by eye-catching greenery. There are two main paths from which to admire the falls and they reward those who make the effort to trek along them. As with Ebor Falls, Armidale makes a great base if visiting this natural attraction.
4. Millaa Millaa Falls, Millaa Millaa
Spotted within the Atherton Tablelands among magnificent rainforest, this is one of Queensland’s most popular waterfalls. The appeal of this towering wonder is enhanced by the idyllic waterhole found at its base, which makes the perfect swimming spot. Millaa Millaa Falls is one of three beautiful waterfalls to check out in the area and is an essential stop along the Great Tropical Drive touring route.
5. Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park
Wallaman Falls had to make the list – this is Australia’s highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall, boasting a 268m plunge. It’s not all about height, though – the position within the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage area ensures this attraction is engulfed by stunning rainforest. Two walking tracks – one ‘easy’, the other ‘moderate’ – will allow you to witness the sight of the falls dropping over a spectacular escarpment. Take a peek when tackling the Toast to the Coast touring route.
6. Liffey Falls, Liffey Falls State Reserve
Tasmania has a wealth of jaw-dropping waterfalls, and Liffey Falls is one of the best. Spotted among temperate rainforest of the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness area, this multi-tiered waterfall will keep photographers busy. It can be reached via two walking tracks that incorporate smaller falls. Visit on a day trip from Launceston.
7. Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park
Pass cloud-piercing tree ferns and other dazzling scenery on the low-grade walk to Russell Falls. The sight of this three-tiered waterfall will take your breath away, and its complex makeup ensures photographers once again have a strong chance of draining their camera batteries. Check out Russell Falls along the Tantalising Tasmania touring route.
8. MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park
Boasting height and width as it cascades over a spectacular rock face, MacKenzie Falls makes for a gripping sight no matter the time of year. It’s a relatively easy walk to its base where you can enjoy unobstructed views and soak up the area’s widespread beauty. Check out MacKenzie Falls when staying at BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort.
9. Horizontal Falls, Kimberley region
This is the most unusual addition to the list, and some might debate its inclusion. Whether or not it truly qualifies as a waterfall, there’s no doubt this unique attraction is extraordinary. Horizontal Falls is the result of severe tidal movements trying to force their way through a narrow coastal gorge, creating a waterfall effect, albeit horizontally. Take a peek when exploring the North West WA region.
10. King George Falls, Kimberley region
Waterfalls don’t come much more striking than King George Falls: watch as the twin falls drop 100m over vibrant coloured sandstone cliffs. It’s an effort to reach this Kimberley region gem, but it won’t disappoint those who drop by.
This top 10 list is contentious, and there’s every chance your favourite waterfall has not been included. We’d love to hear your thoughts about these or any other waterfalls in Australia, so please leave a comment below.
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