Iconic and truly incredible. Plunge your way through our list of the best waterfalls in New South Wales!

New South Wales is a land of natural beauty and diverse landscapes – with stunning waterfalls being one of its hidden gems. From the lush rainforests to the rugged Blue Mountains, New South Wales is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the country. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a nature lover, these cascading wonders are sure to captivate your senses.

So, in a true testament to the diversity and splendour of Australian landscape, we’re going to explore the best waterfalls in New South Wales. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a family heading off on an adventure or a soloist wanting a tranquil escape, read on through our guide to top 10 most wonderful waterfalls in New South Wales!

<strong>Belmore Falls</strong>
Photographed by Dee Kramer. Image via Destination NSW.

Belmore Falls

Great food, exceptional wine and a jaw-dropping waterfall. What more could you want on your next weekend getaway? Nestled in the beauty that is the Southern Highlands is Belmore Falls – a unique, double-drop waterfall. Although the base of the waterfall sees the cascading water fall into a deep ravine, Belmore Falls is also home to multiple lookout points that will keep you nice and dry. With a pleasant walking trail, surrounding forest and overall peaceful ambiance, your next weekend escape will be all the worthwhile at Belmore Falls!

Belmore Falls Rd, Barrengarry, NSW 2577
<strong>Bridal Veil Falls</strong>
Photographed by Kayla Brockett. Image via Shutterstock.

Bridal Veil Falls

Named after exactly what it looks like, a bridal veil, Bridal Veil Falls in Leura in the Blue Mountains, is a serene and delicate waterfall. Surrounded by lush greenery, Bridal Veil Falls offers a romantic atmosphere and a picturesque background for keen nature photographers. A short bushwalk leads to the falls and you won’t be disappointed with what you find. Perhaps a beautiful bride? Or maybe a groom getting down on one knee?

Blue Mountains National Park, NSW 2787
<strong>Carrington Falls</strong>
Photographed by Dee Kramer. Image via Destination NSW.

Carrington Falls

After visiting Belmore Falls, jump back into the car and make your way over to Carrington Falls that’s found 20 minutes away! Another gem in the Southern Highlands, Carrington Falls is famed for its grand 50-metre drop. With viewing platforms that provide breathtaking views of the falls and Kangaroo Valley below, after one visit you’ll realise why it’s an ideal spot for families or those who like a leisurely hike. One of the best waterfalls in New South Wales!

44-48 Hoddle St, Robertson, NSW 2577
<strong>Ebor Falls</strong>
Photographed by Kate Nutt. Image via Destination NSW.

Ebor Falls

Going on a road trip and heading towards Coffs Harbour? Then be sure to make a pitstop at Ebor Falls. With a height of 115 metres, Ebor Falls is not only the tallest waterfall in New South Wales, but, in our opinion, it’s one of the most iconic. Of course, to embrace Ebor Falls up close and personal, there is a perfectly located viewing platform with panoramic views of the upper and lower falls. A must visit in 2024!

Ebor Walking Track, Ebor, NSW 2453
<strong>Ellenborough Falls</strong>
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Ellenborough Falls

Tucked away in the Manning Valley, Ellenborough Falls is one of the most impressive single-drop waterfalls in New South Wales. A well-maintained walking track leads to an excellent viewing platform, and for the more adventurous, there’s a steep path to the bottom of the falls. Regardless, Ellenborough is one of the most incredible waterfalls in New South Wales!

Ellenborough Falls Rd, Elands, NSW 2429
<strong>Fitzroy Falls</strong>
Photographed by Alexandra Adoncello. Image via
Destination NSW.

Fitzroy Falls

Under a two-hour drive south out of Sydney will land you in the cosy town of Fitzroy Falls home to one of the best waterfalls in New South Wales of the same name. Hidden within Morton National Park, Fitzroy Falls is truly magnificent thanks to its dramatic drop that plunges into a deep, forested gorge. With plenty of viewing platforms for visitors to snap-up the perfect photo, Fitzroy Falls is also great for birdwatching lovers and family picnic goers.

Nowra Rd, Fitzroy Falls, NSW 2577
<strong>Kellys Falls</strong>
Photographed by Paul Looyen. Image via Shutterstock.

Kellys Falls

Within Garawarra State Conservation Area near Helensburgh lies Kellys Falls. Listen to nature’s soundtrack of flowing water and calling birds as you walk through the dense bushland and have a bite to eat in the picnic area. This amazing waterfall is easily accessible although, once there, make sure to stay safe and watch out for the slippery rocks around the swimming hole and the ones submerged underneath the water. Whether you want to go for a dip, a walk, or a birdwatching session, Kellys Falls is one not to miss.

Kellys Falls Track, Royal National Park, NSW 2508
<strong>Mermaid Pools</strong>
Photographed by Cooper Morrison. Image via Shutterstock.

Mermaid Pools

Sometimes you have to work a bit harder to access some of New South Wales best waterfalls, and Tahmoor’s Mermaid Pools is definitely not for the faint of heart. This picturesque swimming hole doesn’t have an easy entry point, so the only way is to literally jump straight in. The surrounding cliffs vary in height from 15- to 30-metres so, if you’re feeling brave, by all means give it a go. If you still want to enjoy the Tahmoor and Bargo River area but aren’t the daredevil type, Mermaid Pools is the perfect spot for a picnic, a walk or some birdwatching. Just a 75-minute drive south-west from Sydney and you’ll be soaking up the fresh air in no time.

Rockford Rd, Tahmoor, NSW 2573
<strong>Minnehaha Falls</strong>
Photographed by Manuel Diewald. Image via Shutterstock.

Minnehaha Falls

Good things come to those who wait and, with Minnehaha Falls, the wait is definitely worth it! Located in Katoomba, Minnehaha Falls is considered one of the most secluded waterfalls in New South Wales. To reach the falls, visitors will need to embark on a moderately challenging hike – but the serenity and picturesque setting make the journey far more enjoyable. Taking under an hour return to complete, Minnehaha Falls is also a great spot to bring along leashed dogs and children capable of walking.

N, 1/9 Katoomba Falls Rd, Katoomba, NSW 2780
<strong>Wentworth Falls</strong>
Photographed by Mark Bean. Image via Destination NSW.

Wentworth Falls

Located in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. One of the most iconic waterfalls in New South Wales thanks to its thriving location, what makes Wentworth Falls so special in our opinion is the various walking trails that provide different vantage points to visit the cascading streams. Think panoramic views of the jaw-dropping valley and, of course, the surrounding lush rainforest. What more could you want?

Falls Rd, Wentworth Falls, NSW 2782

Enjoy more of New South Wales waterways with this guide to the Top Kayaking Spots in New South Wales for you to paddle through. Or stay dry and add these 8 Most Spectacular Scenic Hikes in New South Wales to your bucket list.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Feature image: Belmore Falls, New South Wales. Photographed by Dee Kramer. Image via Destination NSW.
This article was first published on October 24 2023. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on May 14 2024.