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Published August 18th 2019
Enjoy the great outdoors surrounded by lush rainforest
Middle Falls

Let the sounds of nature captivate you as your senses go wild with the Somersby Falls natural wonderland... this piece of tranquil heaven is located in the spectacular Brisbane River National Park and is unquestionably the perfect place to escape everyday life and enjoy the serenity of nature and its beauty.

The bottom of the Falls

This peaceful natural wonderland is just over an hours drive from Sydney and only 15-minutes drive from Gosford and it is certainly worth the drive!

Breathtaking views at the top of the Falls

Somersby Falls makes you feel like you are millions of miles away from civilization with its powerful sounds of cascading waters, birds singing in the towering lush trees, scents of the rainforest, to the cool dampness emitted from the surrounding rainforest that grips you. It is truly one of the most magical natural attractions on the Central Coast.

Waterholes and shallow swimming holes can be found at the Top of Somersby Falls

Somersby Falls is a sight to behold, cascading down from Floods Creek, and with walks that follow the falls from the top, middle and bottom, with all the walks allowing you to walk right up to falls to enjoy its sinkholes and swimming holes.

Do note that walking down to the falls can get extremely slippery, so do take care and always supervise children. (Tip: leave your picnic goodies in the car till after your walk, as the walk is steep, slippery and has steep stairs).

The start of the Somersby Falls Walk to the bottom or middle of the Falls

There are many boulders at the bottom of the falls which make a wonderful seat to sit back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings and sounds of the falls. The path does get rocky and requires climbing onto the boulders/rocks, so do keep this in mind.

The Walk:

The walk is around 500-metres return and passes a wooden staircase and rock stairs before you are welcomed to the breathtaking abundance of mossy green boulders, running streams and rock pools.

There are two waterfalls lower down on a bush track. The top waterfall is stunning and is the largest one of the falls. It is located mid-way down the path, whilst the bottom of the waterfalls is at the bottom of the trail- which the trail becomes quite steep and slippery.

The bottom of the Falls

The top of the waterfall is located approximately 100-metres from the start and is halfway. This is the easy part of the walk and you are rewarded with the biggest falls.

The overall walk is rated medium to difficult due to the steep steps to the bottom of the Falls.

There are viewing platforms on the walk, where you can stop and admire the views and sounds of cascades and its surrounds.

If you are a bird-watching enthusiast, be sure to bring along your binoculars and keep an eye out on the many birdlife resting in the towering trees. Australian Brush turkeys are spotted here too.

Spotting Brush Turkeys

Somersby Falls and Picnic Area is the perfect day trip with offerings of spectacular natural attractions. This little slice of paradise on the Central Coast is a must-see this weekend!

There is a viewing platform located at the Middle Falls

There are free barbecue facilities and picnic tables located in the Somersby Falls Picnic Ground near the car park. Toilet facilities and rubbish bins are located near the car park.

This is a ticketed attraction ($8 per car/per day)- be sure to get your day ticket pass located in the car park to avoid fines (rangers do come around). NSW National Park Pass holders do not need to purchase a day ticket pass.

The walk from the carpark

There are no cafes or kiosks, so do bring water and food supplies if you are planning on spending the day here.

The Barbecue & Picnic Area

Getting Here:
From the Pacific Highway, turn onto Wisemans Ferry Road. At the roundabout, turn left onto Somersby Falls Road - keep following the road till you reach the car park and picnic area.

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Why? A spectacular nature experience & day out
When: All year round- Daylight Savings: 8am-8pm & Other times: 8am-5pm
Phone: (02) 4320 4200
Where: Brisbane Water National Park, Somersby Falls Rd, Somersby
Cost: $8 per vehicle/ per day
Your Comment
Australia is full of beautiful plav5es like these if we just take the time to look for them and to enjoy them.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8098) 668 days ago
Certainly is! Thank you, Gayle Beveridge :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|745) 668 days ago
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