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Top 5 secret waterfalls in Sydney

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Waterfalls worth chasing

A guide to sydney’s secret falls

There’s something magical about water gushing down a cliff. Luckily for us, Sydney and it’s surrounds are home to plenty of beautiful hidden waterfalls. Load up your picnic basket, take a road trip and visit these beautiful cascading falls in and around Sydney.

Upper Gledhill Falls


Hidden in Ku-ring-gai chase National Park is Upper Gledhill Falls on McCarrs Creek, a highly  swimmable 10m wide pool beneath a charming little waterfall. There are several boulders to negotiate in order to access the water but right at the water's edge there is a small sandy beach on its side. It’s a great spot to relax in the shade and there is a small space for children to play which comes with a rope swing into the pool.


Jump Rock, Macquarie Pass

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Explore a natural adventure playground at Macquarie Pass National Park located just 30 minutes from Wollongong. Located in an abundant rainforest, you’ll see amazing plant life, birds and native wildlife not to mention the breathtaking views. The walk has a small car park but note there is no signage. The walk is particularly beautiful in the early morning as the sun shines through the trees and ferns.

Conveniently close to both Robertson and the coastal town of Kiama, it’s a wonderful option for a day road trip or a chance to spend a few days away with friends and family.


Empress Falls

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Empress Falls is an exit to Empress Canyon, a popular trip accessed by enthusiasts and guided by local tour companies. The falls themselves are majestic - a 30m cascade of water that pours down amongst boulders and is surrounded by ferns over several large steps as the water enters the Jamison Valley.

Empress Falls is a spectacular waterfall in the Valley of the Waters. The Valley of the Water Creek comes out of the slot in the cliff and tumbles down a series of cliffs to a sandy pool. The fall is the site of the last abseil in a popular canyon, making a great site for walkers in the area. Stepping stones help walkers cross below the falls. There is a small overhang next to the falls which helps give the area shade and offers a great place to rest.


Waterfall Way

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Countless hiking trails, secluded campgrounds and pristine waterfalls have earned this drive a reputation as one of Australia’s best. Waterfall Way is the gateway to some of the country’s most impressive waterfalls and national parks. It stretches 185km from the coast, at the exit from the Pacific Highway near Urunga (20mins drive south of Coffs Harbour) to Armidale in the west.


Carrington Falls

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With its cascades, waterholes and rockpools, some regard Carrington Falls as one of the most beautiful on the South Coast. Here is where the Kangaroo River plunges over 50m to the gully below. It is also home to a picnic area known as ‘Thomas Place’ in the park’s north west. Remember to bring your binoculars if you want to go bird watching. Whether you need to unwind, unplug or unleash, it’s a wonderful option to explore a new part of the South Coast.

Monica Limanto