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Published June 2nd 2016
Take a trip across these falls and pools
Everyone loves a waterfall, especially during winter when the rains fill the creeks and generate the flows needed to sustain the waterfall. We all have our favourites, but what about another one to potentially add to your list.
Located around 7km to the southwest of Mannum, near the base of the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges, is a pleasant surprise being the Mannum Waterfalls. Unbeknown to many, these waterfalls have their sources near Tungkillo and Mount Pleasant in the Adelaide Hills, and gently wind their way down the ranges into what is known as Reedy Creek.
The small collector creeks on the Ranges have joined together to form the larger Reedy Creek, which over many years of flows has released the soil, exposed the beautiful rocks and has facilitated a channel for the water to flow over these rocks and form the waterfalls. Rather than being a traditional single point where water flows over a rock or two, the Mannum Waterfalls are different in that they are a 300m stretch of exposed rock and rock pools that the Reedy Creek flows over and through.
At the eastern end of Cascade Road is the lower falls car park, complete with picnic facilities and organised parking. The walk from this car park to the waterfalls is about a kilometre and extends past the lower reaches of Reedy Creek and some small lagoons and ponds that harbour the sounds of frogs and birds.
The alternative access point to the waterfalls is from the upper fall car park, which is a bit more isolated and agricultural. The walk from this car park to the falls is only around half a kilometre, but the majority of that is down the side of a hill which can be slippery in wet conditions.
The Mannum Waterfalls flow freely in winter and spring, and at other times following a significant rainfall. The falls are open all year round, and access is free. The majority of the waterfalls are easily accessible, while some of them in the upper region require some rock hopping, and a moderate fitness level.
The Mannum Waterfalls are located on Cascade Road, and are well signposted from the nearby main arterial roads. And for those less inclined to rock hopping, why not drop the kids off at the base of the lower falls, and take a seat on the nearby sands and indulge oneself in some reflective time while the calming waters of the falls cascade in the background.