A recent communications graduate and writer based on the Central Coast NSW
Published May 14th 2013
Falls & luscious bushland in the heart of the Central Coast
One of my favourite places on the Central Coast is Somersby Falls. Located 10 kilometres from Gosford CBD, the falls are part of the Brisbane Water National Park and are a cascade of streams falling in stages down a rocky sandstone slope. The falls and the top picnic area provide a peaceful rainforest location for bush walks, picnics, BBQs, sightseeing, photography or just a moment of reflection.
Depending on your energy levels, you can either view the top of the falls from the viewing balcony close to the parking lot and picnic area or you can follow the 500 metre walking track. The track begins as a set of wooden stairs, leading into two main observation platforms where you can walk freely. I love this area for its luscious greenery and misty cool air. The gigantic mossy boulders always remind me of the mystical rainforest in the 1992 animated children's film FernGully. You can continue following the falls down to the base on Floods Creek if you feel adventurous, but it does get quite steep and difficult to navigate.
The picnic area provides picnic tables, barbeques and toilets. There is also a parking lot that requires a small fee, however I would recommend parking just outside the lot on the side of the road for free. Finally, I would advise that the falls are best viewed after rain when the falls are gushing.