Friday, 25 November 2016

Australian Waterfalls and Cascades

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Each waterfall is unique 
Tianjara Falls: deep in the Budawang wilderness
Each has its own shape, sound, vibration, memories

Carrington Falls: images dance in the veil and rocks

Each has its own mysteries and risks

Minyon Falls, a high rainforest beauty
Hear them shape the world

Little Crystal Creek Falls, warmth in the mountain cool

Come explore them with me

New South Wales

Belmore Falls, near Robertson, Morton National Park
Carrington Falls, near Robertson, Budderoo National Park
Cascade Fall,  Macquarie Pass National Park
Empress Falls, near Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park
Fairy Bower Falls, Side Falls, Top Cascades, Main Plunge, near Bundanoon, Morton National Park
Fairy Falls, near North Lawson, Blue Mountains National Park
Federal Falls, near Orange, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area
Fitzroy Falls, near Moss Vale, Morton National Park
Frederica Falls, near North Lawson, Blue Mountains National Park
Govetts Leap (Bridal Veil Falls), near Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park
Horseshoe Falls, near Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park
Jerrara Falls, near Bungonia, Bungonia National Park
Kalang Falls, near Oberon, Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Katoomba Cascades and Falls, near Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park
Koorawatha Falls, near Young, Koorawatha Park
Leura Cascades, near Leura, Blue Mountains National Park
Majors Creek Falls, Majors Creek State Conservation Area
Minyon Falls , near Nimbin, Nightcap National Park
Myanba Gorge, 🐉Coolangubra Forests
Nalbaugh Falls, 🐉Coolangubra Forests
Nellies Glen, near Robertson, Budderoo National Park
Paddy's River Falls, Tumbarumba
Rainbow Fall, Macquarie Pass National Park
St Michaels Falls, near North Lawson, Blue Mountains National Park
Tianjara Falls, Morton National Park
Tuross Falls, Wadbilliga National Park
Wadbilliga Cascades (Tuross Cascades), Wadbilliga National Park
Wandandian Falls (Granite Falls), Morton National Park
Wentworth Falls, near the town of Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park
Yandyguinula Cascades, near Queanbeyan

Australian Capital Territory

Gibraltar Falls, Namadgi National Park
Kangaroo Creek Falls, Namadgi National Park
Molonglo Gorge Cascades, Canberra, ACT
Mountain Creek Cascades, Tidbinbilla, Canberra, ACT
Paddys River Cascades, Tidbinbilla, ACT
Uriarra Cascades, Canberra, ACT


Basin Creek Falls, Snowy River, Buchan, Victoria
Beehive Creek Falls, Coopracambra National Park, Gippsland, SE Victoria
Erskine Falls, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Raymond Creek Falls, Snowy River, Buchan, Victoria

Little Crystal Creek Cascades, Paluma, North Queensland

KEY to Map
Blue place mark - imaged waterdall
Black place mark - waterfall being imaged
Black Star - approximate location
Note that this map does not give absolute locations of waterfalls or viewing platforms. Roads into waterfall areas are generally challenging, often include cliffs and may be unsealed or unmaintained.

You can find my Waterfalls feed at:

For a while now I have been photographing Australian waterfalls of all sizes and complexities. 2016 has been particularly wet, recharging a lot of the highland springs and marshes that feed some of the higher falls. This has turned some of the falls into raging torrents.

I am slowly building this web resource of location details and images for each of the accessible waterfalls.

Recently I worked out that on average it takes me about 75 minutes to drive to a parking spot, and then about 50 minutes to walk to each fall, and another 60 minutes playing with it: swimming in the pools if safe to cool off, photographing if the light and flow is ok. So each fall takes about 5 hours to capture. Some waterfalls can be hard to find; of the last 10 falls i went looking for, i only found 6 in my allotted time. But i had a good time.

I take a well padded bag - it gets knocked around a lot. It carries 2 Cannon bodies (1 waterproof), CPL filters (to increase/reduce water surface reflection) and ND filters (to darken the lens and allow long exposure shots). I will take a combo 1000mm lens if i am not going to get next to the fall but otherwise carry a simple all purpose zoom and wide angle lens for normal use. You would be mad to bring high end lenses down into canyons or into the wet environments around falls. Finally I pack 2 tripods - a sturdy all purpose machine and a tiny flexible one i can stick into crevices while i hang onto a rope.

I make sure my hands are free while hiking, take high quality hiking boots, a sturdy walking stick (three legs are better than two), plenty of water and a small medical kit. I take a smart phone with mapping coordinates downloaded (still does not help with most waterfalls) knowing that in the bush I will not get cell reception but i will get some GPS positioning away from canyon walls. I take a times-two recharge battery for the phone, a backup compass and paper map and a fold-away solar recharger. If i am going in a long way, i take an emergency flare.

The below is an indicative list of the waterfalls i am imaging at present. I have pictures of some, but am taking a little time to revisit and get accurate height and better mapping information about each location. Some of these are in inaccessible areas without road access, some only flow when access is impossible.

Kanangra Boyd NP
Barralliers (~150m) (Kanangra Boyd NP)
Barrier (Doris Creek) (~150m) (Kanangra Boyd NP)
Bernard Grotto (Kanangra Boyd NP)
Box Creek Falls, Box Creek, upstream junction Kowmung River
Christys Creek
Higgins (~150m) (Kanangra Boyd NP)
Johnston, Wheengee Whungee Creek (Shamash Deep)
Margaret Falls (~150m) (Kanangra Boyd NP)
Whalania Falls, Whalania Creek, upstream junction Sally Camp Creek
Wheengee Whungee (Kanangra Boyd NP)

Blue Mountains NP
Beachamp Falls, Grand Canyon, Blue Mountains, NSW
Burgess Falls, Hazelbrook Four Waterfalls 3,4 75mins  (Hall Parade, corner)
Horseshoe  (near Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains National Park)
Lawsons Creek: South Lawson Waterfall Circuit 3km 90 mins (Honour Ave, Livingstone St
McKanes Falls, Lithgow
Millnigang (~150m) (Millnigang Creek, near Wombeyan)
Minnehaha Falls 2.4km  1hr (5th Ave, MinniHaHa Rd)
Mumdebah Falls, Jigger Gully
Queens Cascades
Silvia Falls

Central West (Orange/Cowra)
Beaumont (~50m) Falls, Orange, NSW
Black Flat Creek (~50m) (Canobolas)
Bong Bong (~40m) (near Cowra)
Gully Creek (~50m) (Canobolas)

Bona Vista Falls (~80m) (near Comboyne)
Bridal Veil Falls (~150m) (near Comboyne)
Deep Gorge Falls (~50m) (near Comboyne)
Diamond Falls (~20m) (near Comboyne)
Ellenborough (~120m) (Ellenborough River) (near Comboyne)
Rawson Falls (~50m) (near Comboyne)

Morton NP (inc Budawangs)
Bundundah (~20m) (Bundundah Creek north of Sassafras)
Coal Mine (~50m) (Bundanoon Creek near Bundanoon)
Crooked (~100m) (Angel Creek) (Budawang NP)
Dungeon (~100m) (Shoalhaven River, near Marulen)
Gerringong (150m+) (near Robertson)
Minamurra  (~200m) (near Robertson)
Munnuldi (~150m) (Budawangs)
Murrumbooie Falls, (Budawangs)
Ngadyoo Falls, (Budawangs), Sth NSW  (Porter's Creek, near Porters Creek Dam, Little Forest Plateau)
Ngaityung Falls, (Budawangs), Sth NSW (Pigeon House Creek, near Cradle Swamp, Little Forest Plateau)
Perryman (~100m) (Ettrema Creek north of Sassafras)
Sluice Box (~100m) (Budawang NP)
Sparkles (~50m) (near Shoalhaven River, Marulen)
Talntrerany Mountain Falls, Budawangs, Sth NSW
Trawalla Falls, Budawangs, Sth NSW
Twin Falls (near Moss Vale)
William (~80m) (Bundundah Creek north of Sassafras)

Abbots (~5m) (Manning River, near Taree)
Apsley (~25m) (Apsley River, near Walcha)
Deans Creek
Dilgry (~100m) (Dilgry River, near Thunderbolts Lookout, Scone)
Lower Hastings (~60m) (Hastings River, near Beechwood)
Tia (~50m) (Tia River, near Walcha)
Upper Hastings (~100m) (Hastings River, near Beechwood)

ACT (and nearby NSW)
Bogong Creek Falls, ACT
Coree Creek Falls, ACT
Corrowong (~60m) (near Snowy River, Delegate)
Dubbo (~80m)  (Goobarragandra River, near Tumut)
Falls Creek (Princes Highway at the Jervis Bay) 
Ginini Falls, ACT
Ginninderra (50m+) (near Belconnen)
Landers Falls 10km 3hr Talbingo  Snowy Mtns Hwy
Mountain Creek Falls, (Cavan), NSW
Pierces Creek Falls, ACT
Sawyers Gully Billabong, (Cavan), NSW
Stockyard Creek Falls, ACT

Dangars (~150m) (Salisbury Waters near Armidale)
Ebor (50m) (Guy Fawkes River, near Armidale)
Mihi (~150m) (Salisbury Waters near Armidale)
Wollomombi (~200m) (Wollomombi River near Armidale)

North Coast
Belgrave (~5m) (Macleay River, near Kempsey)
Boonoo Boonoo falls and cascades (~200m) (near Stanthorpe)
Gibberagee State Forest Waterfall
Undercliffe (~150m) (Bookookoorara Creek, near Stanthorpe)

Arabanoo Creek ?

Morung Falls, Morung Creek (near Morung Deep)
North Overshot (~20m) (Morphetts Creek, near Broken Hill)

Tip offs on other waterfalls:

Two falls off the Bullock Track, near Mt Lofty, South Australia (thanks to Steve for the tip off)
Roaring Meg Falls, Daintree, Queensland , this one off the Cleb Track, a pretty challenging road.  (thanks to Steve for the tip off)

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