Whether you choose to walk from Adelong town or from the car park, the short walk to Adelong Falls can be accessed by anyone. Bathe in the cool cascading river and take in the gold mining ruins that litter the mountainside.
We acknowledge that this adventure is located on Wiradjuri Nation, the traditional land of the Wiradjuri people who have occupied and cared for this land for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.
- Relaxing waterholes
- Gold rush history
- Dog and kid friendly!
(Gold) Rush to Adelong
With shaky legs and tired shoulders after a three-day hike of Australia’s 11 highest peaks, I wanted to find a few easier adventures on my way back to Sydney. And by easy, I mean zero effort, maximum reward. The gold rush town of Adelong on Wiradjuri Country proved to be the perfect answer.
Gold Mining History
Located just over 20km from Tumut, north of the Australian Alps, Adelong is a tiny ex-mining town full of gold rush era architecture.
Although it’s not the most happening place to visit, it’s a good stop off when you need somewhere free to camp (the oval), a place to shower (the local swimming pool) and a few stores and coffee shops for a refuel.
But the star attraction of this lil town is the Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins. These incredible ruins include the remnants of ore-crushing machines and other leftover parts of the old mill (for the culture kids amongst us, there’s plenty of interpretative signage if you want to know more).
But I wasn’t there for history (sorry, not sorry). All I wanted was a swimming hole to cool off in, and a waterfall to pound my aching showers. Adelong Falls fulfilled both wishes with an endless supply of waterholes to choose from.
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Arriving pre-9am meant I had the place to myself to start with, but even when it got busy, I could hop to a new pool for a bit more ‘me’ time.
I spent my time lounging around like a sun-baked goanna, but plenty of people were rock-hopping downstream – it seemed like you could go on for ages.
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There are a few ways to reach Adelong Falls. An easy 2km walk from the town along the river, or you can drive and park at the top and then do a quick hike (short but steep) to the falls.
I took the easy option (obviously) and drove, giving me max time to relax and admire the epic views.
Big thanks to Canberra for this adventure – I only drove this route home as Canberra closed its borders to Sydney-siders due to COVID. I reckon my detour turned out pretty well though, don’t you?
- Sun hat
- A book
- A picnic
How To Get There
Adelong is based 20km from Tumut and you can either hike the 2km short trail from the town to the falls or drive to the car park on Adelong Falls road.
This adventure is suitable for anyone.
From town: 2km one way
From the car park: 500m one way (it’s a bit steep so watch your step)