Chasing Waterfalls in the Kangaroo Valley

Chasing Waterfalls in the Kangaroo Valley
Untouched wildernessEscape the crowdsAmazing waterfalls
5.0MICROADVENTURE RATING

 

Belmore Falls in the north eastern corner of the Morton National park is a stunning two tiered waterfall (the first being 90 meters) just a short drive from the small southern highlands town of Robertson.

In recent years the old track to the base of the falls has seen an increasing number of people on it and the main falls are no longer the quiet retreat they once were.

I’m always looking for somewhere new and exciting, somewhere away from the tourists and somewhere rarely visited. We’d been exploring the creek below the main falls more and more over the past few years and set out early one Saturday morning with the intention of reaching the two twin ‘junction’ falls.

The 15 – 20 minute hike down the cliff line to the base of the first falls is on an easy and now well-worn trail. After crossing over the creek the trail soon disappears and we followed the bracken fern covered ridge line south through an amazing rainforest like environment full of towering trees and vines until we reached the cliff above the creek junction. From here we set the ropes up and after a short abseil and some scrambling down a steep gully we were back on the creek where we could drop our bags and spend a few hours exploring.

The size of the falls were a surprise, from the top they are unassuming but from the bottom they are an inspiring view, the imposing height and multiple cascades look like something straight out of Jurassic Park, a very worthwhile adventure if you are up for it.

Essential gear required:

Besides the obvious first aid kit and personal beacon (safety first) some good hiking boots, ropes, harness and helmet (safety) are required

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Photography

Skill level

Intermediate (if you’ve had ropes experience)

Distance/Elevation

From the car park, 5km return/350m