Mackenzie Falls

AUSTRALIA’S MIGHTIEST WATERFALLS

Australia is full of impressive waterfalls, tucked away on picturesque little waterways. These are some of the waterfalls I have been too which blew me away with both their beauty and roar.

TIA FALLS, NEW SOUTH WALES

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park has been hit by drought in recent years. When I went there was evidence of once mighty waterfalls all over the park, but the only one which had a strong water supply and continuous flow was Tia Falls. The falls have a great lookout spot and picnic area and make an excellent place to stop for lunch while exploring the national park.

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MONTEZUMA FALLS, TASMANIA

Visitors to Montezuma Falls have to earn the privilege. The track to the falls begins at Williamsford and takes you through dense rainforest before spitting you out at the base of the falls. The three-hour return walk is fairly level but it will still have you a little out of breath before delivering the final reward, Tasmania’s tallest waterfall.

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MACKENZIE FALLS, VICTORIA

I visited Mackenzie Falls in 2006, right on the back of heavy drought and bushfires. Although it was incredibly sad to see the Grampians National Park in this way, it was also uplifting to see how the Park was recovering. The waterfall was still flowing in a remarkable display of resilience and determination. Kangaroo trails were visible through the charred undergrowth. The waterfall looked all the more impressive for the circumstances that we found it, and the plunge pool was a welcome refreshment on the scorching summers day.

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RUSSELL FALLS, TASMANIA

Much more accessible than most of the falls on this list, Russell Falls is just a one hour drive from Hobart. Russell Falls is steeped in natural beauty and the 20-minute trek is on a solid boardwalk, with several sections offering a handrail. We camped in the area and explored part of Mt. Field National Park at night, which I would highly recommend if you have the opportunity. Turning off your headlamp and seeing the glow-worm light display was mesmerising, and something I won’t forget in a hurry.

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FITZROY FALLS, NEW SOUTH WALES

Towering over a deep lush rainforest valley, Fitzroy Falls is probably the most impressive on the list. Exploring Moreton National Park delivers several wonderful waterfalls and offers plenty of lookout points to gaze up at Fitzroy Falls from. The National Park does get quite crowded at peak times, so expect to share the experience with several other onlookers, even on overcast and rainy days.

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JIM JIM FALLS, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Tucked away in the barren and rocky Kakadu National Park, Jim Jim Falls is a grand sight. The 200m drop has to be seen during the wet season or early in the dry season as the falls dry up and have a greatly reduced water supply in the drier months. The surrounding Kakadu National Park has plenty of sites of importance for Indigenous peoples, as well as nearby Twin Falls to take in during your hike.

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