6 of our favourite waterfall trails in Australia – include the Waterfall Way, NSW; Karijini National Park, WA; Litchfield National Park, NT; the Gold Coast Hinterland, Sunshine Coast Hinterland and the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands, all in Queensland. What’s your opinion – which are your favourite waterfall trails in Australia?
1. Karijini National Park, Western Australia
For rock-hopping, waterfall-loving adventurers. You can explore a ‘minecraft’ world of blocks in cliffs! Start at the rim of Dales Gorge, then walk to the secluded Fern Pool, where fish nibble on your toes (if you let them). You literally walk on water to other sections of the trail. Onto Fortescue Falls, which has a beautiful swimming hole and natural amphitheatre seating. Finally, enjoy a dip at Circular Pool – looking up at the dizzying cliff above (knowing you’ll have to climb back up to reach Dales Campground).
You can also camp outside the National Park at Albert Tognolini Rest Area.
2. Waterfall Way, New South Wales
Drive between Coffs Harbour and Armidale, and you won’t even have to get out of the car to see water falling!
However , if you do want to stretch your legs, it is well worth it with Red Cedar Falls, Crystal Shower, Tristania Falls in Dorrigo National Park, Ebor Falls in Guy Fawkes River National Park, and Wollomombi Falls in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
3. Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
We had the best experience here – where you can soak in three waterfalls in one day! We started at Wangi Falls, pictured. After walking the circuit – we swum to the first then the second. The smaller was more of a trickle in June – but there was a spa above!
Onto the tallest: Tolmer Falls walk and lookout. Buley Rockpools next, and our favourite, we spent ages exploring one rockpool to the next. Florence Falls was another double waterfall. You could stop underneath and see through the falling water. In the shallows, big fish swam around us.
Plus a whole new area has opened up in Litchfield National Park.
4. Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland
On a recent trip to O’Reillys, we visited Yalnungala Falls, Elabana Falls, Box Log Falls and heaps more just on this the Box Circuit Track. We are told there are over 500 nearby in Lamington National Park.
Another section is Cougal Cascades, which we loved rock hopping!
5. Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland
We hopped from one falls and waterhole to the next! Kondalilla was my favourite – but we also swam at Booloumba Falls and stopped to a lookout to Mapleton Falls. Maleny has more beauty at Gardners Falls, very close to town.
6. Atherton Tablelands, Queensland
What beautiful memories we have travelling here with Heatley’s parents and the kids. This is Milla Milla Falls, but we also visited plenty of others. you can camp right beside a waterfall in a caravan park!
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