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Published October 9th 2015
Discovering the Fleurieu's secret waterfalls
There is something about waterfalls that creates excitement and anticipation within people. Perhaps it is the unknown as to how the waterfall is flowing after a period of rain or midway during a long hot summer. Maybe it is the mesmerising effect of water running over rocks and stones. Or could it just be the culmination of a walk or hike, often over some interesting terrain.

Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Signage - Steve Hudson


For me, I was all of the above when I saw the road sign in Normanville that suggested it was 10km along the Hay Flat Road to the Ingalalla Waterfalls. A quick check on Google and it was noted as an all-weather waterfall and also pet-friendly, so off we went. Hay Flat Road has a couple of kilometres of bitumen before becoming an easy-to-traverse gravel road for the remainder up to the entrance of the surprisingly large picnic grounds.

Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Main Picnic Area - Steve Hudson


Situated alongside the Second Valley Forest Reserve, the picnic ground surrounding the car park comprises a constructed shelter, several tables and chairs and numerous large trees including some beautiful deciduous ones to create shade in summer and light in winter.

Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Lone Signage - Steve Hudson


The waterfall is a short 300m walk alongside an unnamed creek that originates in this forest near one of South Australia's coolest towns in Parawa. Constant seabreezes keep the temperature down, and a forest environment retains moisture thus guaranteeing a constant supply of water along the creek all year around.

Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Another picnic area - Steve Hudson
Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Wooden Bridge - Steve Hudson
 


A small wooden bridge and another set of picnic tables set amongst more trees and alongside the creek provide further places to relax and appreciate the environment about halfway along the walk. And being spring we were greeted with some beautiful wild lilies growing almost everywhere, and fighting the ferns for sunlight and attention.

Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Lower Falls - Steve Hudson


The lower waterfall is soon reached and a quick cross of the creek provides access to the best views. Sitting approximately 10m tall the waterfall has a solid and constant flow of water creating that steady crashing noise and a great mist of water spray. The pond where the water crashes in to is small yet dark, making it difficult to determine its depth and whether it is suitable for a dip or not.

Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Lower falls - Steve Hudson


A steep path to the left of the waterfall takes the adventurous up to the upper waterfall, which like its lower neighbour is gushing strongly and sparkling in the spring sunshine. Again the water is clear, yet the dark rocks of the waterfall and pond mean that depth analysis can only occur through the dipping of toes, something we didn't try.

Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Partly Hidden Upper Falls - Steve Hudson


Having completed the fast walk to the waterfalls it was now time to dawdle back along the trail to the picnic area and take some time to see the pieces we missed on the first pass. The tall radiata pine of the forest create a shelter for the lilies, ferns and other sprinklings of wildflowers, and contribute to climate required to facilitate the all weather running of this waterfall.

Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Forest reserve - Steve Hudson
Ingalalla Waterfalls, Hay Flat, Normanville, Second Valley Forest, Fleurieu Waterfalls, Parawa, Picnic Grounds
Lilies and Ferns - Steve Hudson
 


The Ingalalla Waterfalls are one of the Fleurieu's hidden secrets. Less than 10 minutes from Normanville, the Waterfalls are worth a look and with ample picnic facilities (no toilets), they are worthy of an extended stay. The Yankalilla Tourist Information Centre advises that the waterfall runs all year around, albeit it has its greatest and most spectacular flows following the winter and spring rains.
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Why? Yet another reason to visit the Fleurieu
When: Any time
Where: 10km Southeast of Normanville
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Love Ingalalla! It's such a nice spot for a walk and picnic
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3049) 1104 days ago
I do love a waterfall. My husband is keen on seeing Kangaroo Island so when I plan our trip I'll include this in our places to visit. Thanks for the share, Steve.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 1104 days ago
Yes its a nice little spot, we picnicked here on a visit down south
by Caroline Lloyd (score: 1|75) 1103 days ago
It has nice wide paths and is an easy walk for dogs.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4048) 1100 days ago
Steve,good review.Use to go there quite a bit 30 years ago....but may I say,it is really only worth visiting when the falls have a good flow.If the area is still green(but no flow),the short walk from the car park holds some interest, and a nice little spot to rest a while and maybe have a cup of tea etc.Perhaps if I return one of these days,I may find the area vastly improved for picnics.
I might mention that this is a good route to take if your heading further to places like Tapanappa Lookout,which is well wort a visit and with a bit of luck, spot plenty of kangaroos,grazing by the roadside overlooking the ocean.For those that wish to camp,there is camping site here,behind the low trees.
by noelp (score: 3|1180) 1102 days ago
The Ingalalla falls are magnificent , we visited and walked the falls today ,the road is good to drive ,well worth the visit
by Stefano (score: 2|185) 364 days ago
Another little known treasure on our doorstep!
by Lorraine Day (score: 1|39) 1102 days ago
it's an awesome spot and I'm a regular visitor
by Paul (score: 1|23) 1101 days ago
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