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Waterfalls of the Southern Highlands

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Published March 8th 2015
Spectacular Natural Wonders
The Southern Highlands is home to the amazing Carrington Falls, Belmore Falls and Fitzroy Falls. The waterfalls are created by the crossing of the flowing rivers and creek systems above the Illawarra escarpments and plateau before descending down into the valley floor below.

Carrington Falls, Fitzroy Falls, Belmore Falls


The falls are located near the town of Robertson between the Budderoo National Park and Morton National Park, approximately 2.5hrs drive south of Sydney via Wollongong.

Each waterfall is individually spectacular and unique in its own right. Belmore Falls is the most spectacular with its triple plunge falls. Carrington Falls has beautiful cascade falls on the top of the creek before the shear drop of the fall into the depth of the valley floor and Fitzroy Falls, has breathtaking views of the scenic landscape of Morton National Park.

You can squeeze in all three viewing of the falls into one day trip and I would recommend starting with Carrington Falls as the first stop, followed by Belmore Falls then Fitzroy Falls.

Carrington Falls

Carrington Falls is situated within the Budderoo National Park, travelling west (towards Bowral) on Jamberoo Mountain Road make a left at Carrington Falls Road, head straight until you reach a one way loop road which leads you to the parking area. Toilet amenities are available nearby. There are three lookouts with one being wheelchair accessible.

carrington falls budderoo national park
Carrington Falls at Budderoo National Park


One of the track opens up onto the creek and water holes, showcasing beautiful cascading waterfalls before it flows off the edge of the cliff and plunges some 130-160metres into the valley floor below. This area is not fenced, enter at your own risk.

On my last visit there were people picnicking on the rocks by the cascades and swimming in the waterhole, a great way to cool down in summer.

Carrington Falls Cascades
Carrington Falls Cascades


Belmore Falls

Belmore Falls is approximately 20minutes drive west of Carrington falls via the Illawarra Hwy and Belmore Falls Road. Most part of Belmore Falls Road is unsealed and there is a ford crossing over the Barrengarry Creek. If there has been recent heavy rain it may be too dangerous to cross, please take discretionary care.

Barrengarry Creek belmore falls
Barrengarry Creek Ford Crossing Photo by Waymarking.com


The beautiful Belmore Falls is located within the Morton National Park. From the car park, there is a 800m return walking track taking you to Hindmarsh Lookout which provides the best views of the triple plunge waterfall.

I found it difficult to capture all three falls into one frame when taking the photos but it would definitely make a good subject matter to shoot for photographers.

Toilet amenities and picnics tables are available near the car park.

Belmore Falls Morton National Park
Belmore Falls Triple Plunge Waterfall


Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls is approximately 20 minutes drive south of Belmore Falls via the Illawarra Hwy and off Nowra Highway inside Morton National Park.

The Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre has lots of information on the park including the local history, other tourist attractions around the Southern Highland and stocks authentic Australian made souvenirs. The café next door serves coffee, food and drinks should you need to refuel before heading out on one the nearby West Rim or East Rim walking track, which is most spectacular in spring for the wildflowers.

The main lookout is wheelchair accessible and is a short boardwalk stroll along the Yarrunga Creek through the Nowra Highway underpass to the viewing platform. The platform is constructed out of steel mesh which extends over the cliff's edge located right next to the waterfall, you can sense the height and its force and power plunging over 80m into the Yarrunga valley below.

fitzroy falls morton national park
View from the main lookout and one of the East Rim Track Lookouts


Fitzroy Falls offers the most spectacular views of the Morton National Park. Standing at 640 metres in elevation, the landscape resembles that of the Blue Mountains with its lush green escapements and deep gorges extending into the distant horizon where the blue sky and white clouds meets plateau.

Fitzroy Falls Morton National Park
Views from Fitzroy Falls main lookout



For more information on Fitzroy Falls visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au

Food Detours

Try some pies from the famous Robertson Pie shop;choose from an amazing range of savoury and sweet pies.

The savoury fillings include the classic favourites such as plain, steak and kidney, curry, chicken and vegetable, steak and bacon, spinach and ricotta and plenty more flavours to choose from.

Robertson Pie Shop
Roberton Pie Shop


Cross the road to browse through the Cheese Factory for some cheese tasting. The truffle and wasabi cheese was amazing! They also have a variety of gourmet jams, relishes and chutneys and gelato! Go on, treat yourself, there's so many flavours to entice your taste buds.

The Cheesefactory Robertson
The Cheesefactory at Roberston


The café next door serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. They are open daily from 8am to 4pm. The café overlooks the picturesque countryside of Robertson providing a very nice ambience for a nice relaxing meal.

The Cheesefactory at Robertson
The Cheesefactory - Gelato, Jams and Cafe


The store Emporium sells gifts, jewellery, vintage clothing, collectables, toys and homewares - why not buy yourself or your loved ones some nice souvenirs.

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Map of Waterfalls Locations
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