Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t love a waterfall? Getting out in nature, seeing the grand cascading beauties encompassed by the lush surrounds of national parks. It wasn’t easy selecting our top picks because there are literally dozens of incredible waterfalls in Australia. But we’ve managed to compile the best ones so you can go chasing them all you like!
Wallaman Falls, Qld
Coming in as the tallest single-drop waterfall in Australia is Wallaman Falls. Located within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of Girringun National Park in the northern region of Queensland, this cascade and horsetail waterfall has a whopping 268-metre drop!
As if that’s not enough, the lush gorge scenery surrounding it is home to a range of natural wildlife including water dragon, platypus and endangered cassowaries.
Cronan Creek Falls, Qld
When it comes to waterfalls near Brisbane, Cronan Creek Falls is easily our first pick. This hidden gem at the foothill of Mt Barney is just a two-hour drive from Brisbane and well worth a weekend away.
Experienced hikers can begin the 13 km round trip trail at Yellow Pinch Reserve car park and follow Cronan Creek. For those just after a leisurely stroll, the falls are a 90-minute walk from the car park. Either way, the trails are very picturesque with lots of places to stop creekside and relax.
Mackenzie Falls, Vic
If you’re looking for the best waterfalls around Melbourne, head straight to The Grampians. Cascading over a sensational rock face, Mackenzie Falls is impressive any time of the year. The hike to the base is fairly easy with unobstructed views of the mountainous terrain.
Pitch a tent at Smiths’ Mill campsite nearby and enjoy the sites and sounds of the area over a few days – there are plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy amongst the sandstone mountains, wildflowers and wildlife of the Grampians National Park.
Waterfall Gully, SA
Can you believe there are waterfalls in Adelaide?! There are six of them along the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty hike. The 3.9 km return hike will take you anywhere between 1.5 to 3 hours, because you’re met with so many striking waterfalls. But for those of you who would prefer a shorter hike but still want the sites, the First Falls are the most spectacular.
Make sure to add this to your Adelaide itinerary and set aside some buffer time to enjoy a picnic!
Katoomba Falls, NSW
Tucked away in the beautiful Blue Mountains is Katoomba Falls. Its majestic 244-metre descent into the Jamison Valley is unmissable and it’s easy to see why this segmented waterfall is the most popular waterfall in the Blue Mountains. If you’d prefer a bird’s eye view, get onboard the glass-bottomed Scenic Skyway and don’t forget to look down!
There’s certainly no shortage of trails and sites in the Blueys, so best to pack an overnight bag, hire a car from any of our Sydney locations and make a weekend of it.
Jim Jim Falls, NT
We might have just saved the best waterfall in Australia for last! Jim Jim Falls, in the humid wilderness of UNESCO’s Kakadu National Park, is 200 metres of awe-inspiring natural beauty. Set amongst the colourful cliffs of arguably one of Australia’s most incredible national parks, Jim Jim Falls is full of character. It’s also full of Aboriginal history, descending over Arnhem Land escarpment.
There’s a 2 km return walk through monsoon forest and across boulders to a delightful plunge pool and family-friendly beach pool. You’ll no doubt enjoy the peace and serenity of this remarkable landscape but the waterfall flows best from the beginning of the tropical summer until mid-July.
If you’re planning an outback road trip, make sure to add Jim Jim Falls to the list of stops.
So if you’ve been wondering “Are there any waterfalls near me?” you can rest assured there are indeed. These are just the tip of the, well, waterfall. You just need a sense of adventure and a comfortable ride to get you around and you’re sorted.