Waterfalls make for fascinating viewing, as well as dazzling photos.
And Australia is dotted with fabulous falls, from the ferocious to the mesmerising.
We’ve rounded up 10 enchanting and relatively easy-to-reach Australian waterfalls that demand a visit when staying nearby.
Prepare to fall in love with these natural wonders…
The stunning falls stand out among a sea of gorgeous greenery that forms part of the mammoth Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. A 1.4km return stroll along a boardwalk path cuts through rainforest and leads to the lower reaches of the natural wonder, revealing sensational views.
Where: 70km east of Strahan (all distances approx.).
Stay: BIG4 Strahan Holiday Retreat.
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.
Where: 80km east of Armidale.
While in Armidale: A day trip to Oxley Wild Rivers National Park reveals Wollomombi Falls, the highest waterfall in NSW with a 220m drop.
This is one of Queensland’s most popular waterfalls, entrenched among magnificent rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands. The towering attraction’s appeal is enhanced by the idyllic waterhole found at its base, which makes the perfect swimming spot. Millaa Millaa is one of three enchanting waterfalls in these scenic surrounds.
Where: 35km south of Atherton or 60km west of Innisfail.
This captivating creation cascades directly into a plunge pool set among gorgeous, contrasting scenery of this iconic national park. Various vantage points provide differing outlooks, including an elevated viewing platform just minutes from the car park. The walk to its base comes with an idyllic setting for a refreshing swim.
Where: 130km south of Darwin.
Boasting height and width as it cascades over a spectacular rock face, MacKenzie Falls makes for a gripping sight year round. It’s a relatively easy walk to its base where visitors can enjoy unobstructed views and soak up the wider area’s profound beauty.
Where: 20km west of Halls Gap.
While these aren’t the tallest or widest falls to view, there are bonus points on offer for the magnificent setting. The falls reach a glorious rock pool and are near a shaded grassy area and other amenities that make this the perfect place for a picnic. Naturally, there’s plenty more treasure to unearth throughout the national park.
Where: 65km south of Perth.
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 will be kept busy. Also within the park are two more engrossing water features: Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls.
Where: 75km northwest of Hobart.
A trio of cascading attractions named First, Second, and Third Falls can be viewed on a handful of walking trails that showcase a raft of riveting scenery. The tranquil surrounds belie a setting not far from Adelaide’s heart, making a visit here even more compelling.
Where: 12km east of Adelaide or 35km northeast of Hahndorf.
Stay: BIG4 West Beach Parks
Rainforest-clad Great Otway National Park hoards a cluster of waterfalls, including this 20m-high beauty. It’s a rather challenging but super scenic walk to reach a viewing platform near the falls’ lower levels but the vibrant vistas reward the effort.
Where: 40km north of Apollo Bay or 55km northwest of Wye River.
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 Wallaman 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.
Where: 160km northwest of Townsville or 175km southwest of Mission Beach.