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The Fitzroy Falls visitor centre can be found on the road between Bowral and Kangaroo Valley and is one of the more accessible areas of Morton National Park. The car park fee is $4, which can be paid at the machines or inside the visitor centre.
A short wheelchair accessible walk leads to a viewing platform, where the Fitzroy Falls can be seen plunging 81 metres to the densely forested valley. This area has been popular with nature-loving tourists and day-trippers since the 1850s. Apart from spectacular vistas, there is an abundance of birdlife and you may be lucky enough to spot an echidna or lyrebird.
There are over 10km of well-marked tracks of varying difficulty where you can get right into nature and away from most of the other visitors. If you walk along The West Rim, you will be treated to spectacular views within a 2min (600 metres return) to 2hrs (2680 metres) return walk. The more ambitious would enjoy the longer East Rim (7km return) or Wildflower walk (2.3km return), which is spectacular in spring.
The area around the visitor centre is fully wheelchair-accessible, as are the toilets and the elevated walkway to the main lookout. There are picnic shelters, coin-operated BBQs, flush toilets and drinking water but unfortunately, the cafe is closed until further notice. The visitor centre is an excellent source of information about the local aboriginal culture, wildlife, birdwatching and Southern Highlands tourism. You can also do a spot of shopping here as they have a large variety of unique Australian made souvenirs and gifts.
The wheelchair accessible elevated walkway (image JW)