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 most iconic 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 the best waterfalls in New South Wales you must visit in 2023!
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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!
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Bridal Veil Falls
Named after 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 photography. 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?
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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.
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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 falls in the state, but it’s also one of the most incredible waterfalls in New South Wales. 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 2023!
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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 a must-see waterfall in New South Wales!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
Explore more of what the state has to offer with this guide to 10 Stunning Natural Wonders in New South Wales. And embrace the great outdoors with this list to the 10 Best Camping Spots in New South Wales.
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