The Descent of Maddens Falls (NSW)

The Descent of Maddens Falls (NSW)
Walking along the highest point of the first fall; water running beneath your feet before collecting and plunging over the edge Trying to find the best way to climb up/down the various levels to reach the base of the falls Sitting at the lowest level, looking up at every fall, and enjoying the serenity of being on your own amongst the flowing water
5.0Microadventure Rating

We set out from my place in South Sydney one morning- after sleeping through the alarm set for sunrise, oops- and decided to hunt down some waterfalls instead! After a 40 minute drive, we arrived at the start of the track to reach Maddens Falls. Enjoying the sun on our faces for a 10 minute walk from the car, we arrived at the lookout to the Falls.

The view was a bit of a tease from the established lookout area built on the edge of the falls, so we jumped down and made our way across to the edge of the falls, and marvelled. It was so much bigger and more impressive up close! Wanting to see the falls from the base, we walked across the top level, and hiked down to the second level. From here, things got a bit tricky, and I had to basically rockclimb my way down the side of the cliff there to get to the base.

My girlfriend was a bit cautious, and decided to stay at the second level. I wasn’t content with the view, and needed to see the whole falls in all her glory! And I am so glad that I did. There’s no feeling like looking up at a waterfall towering above you.

Climbing back up the cliff was even trickier than climbing down; at one point I had all of my weight on a sturdy tree trunk hanging over the cliff, and I pulled myself up. A bit scary, but these views are always worth the risk!

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Essential gear:

  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Water bottle
  • Camera

How to get there:

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Hiking, photography


Beginner for first level; intermediate for second; intermediate-expert for base! Choose your own adventure!

Distance covered:

1km distance covered, unknown elevation (walk from the car is basically flat, though)