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Published April 3rd 2016
Shhh, don't tell anyone about this secret spot
A glimpse of the waterhole through the trees was temptation enough to traverse the steep slope to experience the full spectacle.
Sometimes the best finds are when you take a chance on a road that sounds interesting. Such is the case with Nundubbermere Falls at the Northern End of Sundown National Park in the Granite Belt region. Accessed from Stanthorpe-Texas Road, the falls are at the end of a long stretch of dirt track (accessible by standard vehicles) and through a couple of farm gates and grids which protect the sheep from local farms. The road is marked "Falls Road" on maps and is reached by making a left turn from Nundubbermere Road (see map). Twice we thought we might turn back as we felt like we were lost, however we kept going and discovered the most amazing piece of National Park at the end of our travels.
Traversing the steep slope was tricky, but manageable.
At the top of the hill are camp sites suitable for self-sufficient campers, designated by a fire pit on each site. There are no rubbish or toilet facilities, but the area was quiet - no one else around, despite it being Easter school holidays.
Pretty creeks wandered between traprock gorges, home to frogs and fish.
A sneak peak through the trees offered tantalising views down to the falls and rock pools which occur all along the Severn River. We decided to take the chance and descend the goat track down to the falls, despite having our six year old daughter with us. She proved to be more of a mountain goat than we were, as we carefully picked our way down the steep, rocky hillside. At the base, after about 15-20 minutes of careful negotiating we were greeted with the most amazing, peaceful scene. Surrounded on all sides by the local trap-rock formations (a much harder stone than the granite out-crops found in the area) we explored rock pools and the falls, which are not high, but still pretty. Birds, wallabies, tiny fish and frogs took off as we invaded the serene area. Unfortunately we were not equipped for swimming, but the largest pool, a small lake really, looked inviting, though the rock did drop off steeply and we were unsure as to the depth. Websites suggest that fishing might also be a possibility for the keen angler.
Despite there being no recent rain, the falls were still running and the waterhole at the base was enormous.
We spent a peaceful hour exploring the creek and pools area, until we decided that we should leave before it became too hot to scale the steep hill back to the camp area. Once again, by going carefully we, as reasonably inexperienced climbers, were able to make it back to the car safely. Anyone with a medium level of fitness should be fine making the climb.
A spectacular spot to stop and take in the surrounding spectacular cliffs.