Sorry TLC! Here’s where to find the best waterfalls in Western Australia!
Out of all the natural wonders around Australia, our waterfalls are the most refreshing. Some of them are tall and misty, sprinkling droplets that cascade towards your dazzling eyes. Others gush with gusto, revealing the sheer force of mother nature. And some waterfalls are simply perfect.
But, if you want to find the best waterfalls, you have to visit Western Australia. Their collection is positively wide and wavering – from high vertical drops into expansive gorges to picturesque cascades with panoramic views of surrounding bushland.
It’s time for a holiday, so pack your bags and let’s get out of this world with our list of the 10 best waterfalls in Western Australia you need to visit in 2021!
What is the tallest waterfall in Western Australia?
The tallest waterfall in Western Australia is King George Falls. Sitting at 80metres high; not only is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in WA, it is also one of the best to explore thanks to its picturesque surroundings.
Garaanngaddim (Horizontal Falls)
Garaanngaddim, otherwise colloquially known as Horizontal Falls, is literally named. Yes, it’s a horizontal waterfall! As the water squeezes through a narrow gorge, it gushes through, essentially falling into the next body of water. And, interestingly, it can change direction as the tides rise and fall. Located in the Buccaneer Archipelago, this is by far one of the most intriguing natural wonders and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in WA. So spectacular and picturesque, you can only see it by seaplane, helicopter or on a river boat ride. Hiking there is not recommended.
Joffre Gorge and Falls
Located in the heartland of Western Australia – better known as Karijini National Park – Joffre Gorge and Falls is a gorgeous natural landmark. It also makes for a wonderful day trip – just be sure to pack a jerry can. As well as soaking in the beautiful gorge from above, you can also strap on your hiking boots and view it from below. And despite it’s short one-and-a-half-kilometre return trail, the hike is quite challenging in some parts, requiring a clamber down rock slabs and not to mention back up again.
Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls)
Punamii-Uunpuu, or Mitchell Falls, is a cascading collection of waterfalls and pools located in far north Western Australia. And it’s a beauty to be reckoned with! This multi-tiered artwork by mother nature is best seen via scenic flight around autumn, but you can visit by 4WD and hike along the Punamii-Uunpuu Trail. It is a rather difficult trail, a near nine kilometre return walk, with little shade in some parts and rock hopping in others, with some minor attractions along the way. Still, it’s one of Western Australia’s most picturesque waterfalls worth exploring.
The name Beedelup is thought to have come from the Noongar word ‘beejalup‘, meaning place of rest. We think this is so as the area surrounding Beedelup Falls is remarkably peaceful. As well as the beautiful falls themselves, there is a four-and-a-half kilometre hiking track that shows off the surrounding bushland and the indulging sounds of wildlife within. There’s also a cool bridge you can cross! Beedelup falls is around three-and-a-half hours south of Perth, and is a great addition to your next weekend away.
King George Falls
Smack bang in the top end of Western Australia is the King George Falls, a marvellous part of the King George River. The river is culturally significant to the Balanggarra people, as is the twin falls for which they call male and female Wunkurr – or Rainbow Serpents. Despite being the tallest waterfall in Western Australia, it is exceptionally remote, so the only way to visit is via the air or on a boat, which could also include a bit of trekking to stretch your legs. Enliven your eyes to sights of blazed red gorges and the gushing King George Falls.
Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge)
Dalmanyi, or colloquially known as Bell Gorge, is a popular swimming hole for locals and tourists alike – especially following the wet season where this natural swimming pool is brimming with water, showcasing a wonderful waterfall! Dry season (May to October) is considered the best time to visit this waterfall. Getting there requires a sturdy vehicle (and a jerry can just in case) – but the trip is worth it, and the hike from the makeshift carpark is quite chill. Don’t forget to pack a camera and a towel!
Jerrabinyan (Lesmurdie Falls)
If you’re looking for the best waterfall around Perth and greater Western Australia, Lesmurdie Falls, also known as Jerrabinyan by the local Aboriginal people, is the one for you. The falls are quite beautiful, cascading down the side of a small mountain; but the main lookout showcases the distant view of outer suburban Perth. The area is also quite popular for day bushwalks, sprawling with bushland that yearns to be explored. To get the best of Lesmurdie Falls, consider going around late winter or early spring.
Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool
Located nearby Joffre Gorge in the Karijini National Park is Fortescue Falls, a flowing waterfall that dances down the side of a rock face – like water down a staircase. It’s easy to view as the walk to and from Fortescue Falls is quite accessible, and you can swim in the natural pool below. But, for budding travelers, we recommend Fern Pool nearby, perfect for those who are prone to sunburns. Fern Pool also hosts a little waterfall, but not as flowy as Fortescue.
A few clicks south of Perth is Serpentine Falls, one of the best natural pools featuring one of the best waterfalls in Western Australia. Swim up to the waterfalls and feel the gush as you become anointed by mother nature. The area itself boasts a few walking trails, which are highly recommended when you visit. Make the most of your day! The Baldwins Bluff is one of most popular trails, taking you through lush bushland and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for kangaroos!
Saving the best till last! This waterfall looks so picturesque that one could think it a painting. The Quinninup Falls can be found in the Margaret River region, just inland from the gorgeous Quinninup Beach. Following the wet season, these falls surge with vitality, making for a nice photo opportunity, and the area itself is worth exploring, too. The best way to get there is from Moses Rock Carpark, and the trek can be challenging. But the reward is great, and can be topped off with a dip in Moses North Beach.
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