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Chasing Waterfalls in Australia

Beaches were so 2017. Who cares if you went to a secluded beach last weekend. We sure as hell don’t.

2018 is all about waterfalls and natural pools all nestled within lush bush and picturesque rock formations.

Don’t forget your swimmers or cameras. These top 10 Australian sites are something you may never want to forget.

Beuchamp Falls, VIC

Beuchamp Falls, VIC

Deep in Beech Forest, nestled behind thick ferns and booming wildlife is Beuchamp Falls – one of Victoria’s most magnificent natural pools. To get to the 20-metre waterfall requires a strenuous walk past a picnic area, roughly taking an hour walk return.

Aire Valley Road, Beech Forest, Victoria
Fern Pools, WA

Fern Pools, WA

Just a 10-minute walk away from Fortescue Falls is the infamous Fern Pools – possibly considered one of the most picturesque in the country. The walk down to the pool is versatile in season changing vegetation. The natural pool itself is easily accessibly with a handrail and staircase as well as plenty of clear paths.

Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Florence Falls, NT

Florence Falls, NT

An easy three-minute walk from car park to panoramic lookout of the extravagant gorge, will definitely have you in total bliss. With the crystal clear water plunge pool, Florence Falls will steal your heart. The area has its own BBQ facilities, public toilet and picnic area.

Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
Gawler Ranges, SA

Gawler Ranges, SA

Gawler Ranges is the perfect weekend away. Pitch your tent amongst the protruding rock formations, take a dip in the natural pool, and just slip away into nature – any outback explorers dream. The site booms with Aboriginal culture and history. You might even spot a pygmy possum or a yellow footed rock wallaby.

Barns Rd, Gawler Ranges National Park, South Australia
Josephine Falls, QLD

Josephine Falls, QLD

Just south towards Townsville located in Wooroonooran National Park is the infamous Josephine Falls. Something pictures don’t quite do justice. Noted as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tropical North Queensland; you will surely realise why with its rainforest canopy and sandy beach. This one is recommended for advanced swimmers.

Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland
Kellys Falls, NSW

Kellys Falls, NSW

Within Garawarra State Conservation Area near Helensburgh lies Kellys Falls. With a picnic area, countless walking trails and of course cascading waterfalls – there’s no doubt that this should be on your bucket list. Kellys Falls is surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna to keep an eye out for.

Royal National Park, New South Wales
Mackenzie Falls, VIC

Mackenzie Falls, VIC

Just a 40-minute drive from Halls Gap, Mackenzie Falls is one of the largest and most astonishing spectacular waterfalls in Victoria. The all year round flowing waterfall is a sight to see. With its enormous cliffs, and a deep pool; the falls are even wheelchair accessible and just an hour walk return.

Northern Grampians Rd, Grampians National Park, Victoria
Mermaid Pools, NSW

Mermaid Pools, NSW

Once parking near Rockford Road Bridge and making your way down to Mermaid Pools, you’ll be in awe. Just a 75-minute drive from southwest Sydney will take you to a total state of bliss. Apart from the heavenly water, the area surrounding Tahmoor Gorge and Bargo River will have you splashing to go back. Unfortunately there aren’t any mermaids here.

Rockford Rd, Tahmoor, New South Wales
Mitchell Falls, WA

Mitchell Falls, WA

Mitchell Falls. There isn’t enough words in the dictionary to describe how mesmerising this natural beauty is. Apart from the three tiered rock pool formation, the area is surrounded by Aboriginal rock art belonging to the Wunambal people. Book your tickets to the west now!

Mitchell River National Park, Western Australia
Russel Falls, TAS

Russel Falls, TAS

Just an hour drive from Hobart sits Russel Falls, part of Mt Field National Park in Tasmania. The charming waterfall conveniently sits as the centerpiece of the park. Picturesque, scenic, whatever you want to call it – that’s Russel Falls. For me, I like to think that if fairies were real, this is where they’d come from.

Mt Field National Park, Tasmania

Or you can just stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to.

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