Looking for an easy walk with plenty of waterfalls to get your zen on? Daniel and Rebekah show us why Somersby Falls in Brisbane Water National Park is a tranquil oasis.
We acknowledge that this adventure is located on Dharruk and Darkinjung Nation, the traditional Country of the Dharruk and Darkinjung people who have occupied and cared for this land and water for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.
- Waterfall chasin’
- Tranquil national park vibes close to Sydney
- Easy-going walking track
On NSW’s Central Coast, in Brisbane Water National Park, is a set of cascade waterfalls that are uber mesmerising. A visit to Somersby Falls is a sure-fire way to feel chilled and relaxed. Avoid visiting during the middle of the day on weekends, and you’ll have a quiet and calm walk to enjoy some stunning cascade waterfalls.
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Somersby Falls – Smaller Cascades
There are quite a few sets of falls to enjoy on the Somersby Falls Walking Track. Initially, you’ll descend some steps which immediately lead you into beautiful dense bushland. The first set of falls is found slightly off-track, to your left.
Beck and I almost walked straight past these smaller falls, but as long as you listen out for that gloriously soothing sound of flowing water, you shouldn’t miss it. Early in the morning, there isn’t much penetrating sunlight, so you’ll be set for some epic waterfall photography.
Somersby Falls – Middle Falls
Not too far from the smaller cascades, is Middle Falls – the largest cascades to enjoy along the Somersby Falls Walking Track. After some decent rain, Middle Falls really comes to life. A collection of small streaming cascades splay over a slab of near-vertical rock like a bridal veil. The cascades pour into a shallow base that isn’t really large enough for a swim – but there’s nothing stopping you from dipping your toe in!
Somersby Falls – Lower Falls
After leaving Middle Falls, you’ll continue to descend the boardwalk which eventually transitions into stone-carved steps that lead you to the serene Lower Falls. Don’t be surprised if you’re joined by a sunbathing skink or two!
Unlike the exposed Middle Falls area, Lower Falls is essentially enclosed by the surrounding bushland. This compact natural setting is by far the most peaceful and soul-soothing of the entire walk. Have a rest on one of the moss-covered boulders and soak in the idyllic environment, the traditional country of the Dharruk and Darkinjung people.
After enjoying Lower Falls, make the quick return walk back to the picnic area. You’ll find tables, free BBQs, and ample space for a picnic – the perfect way to round off your adventure.
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- Decent footwear (the track can be a tad slippery after it’s rained)
- Insect repellant
- First aid kit
How To Get There
There aren’t any public transport options that go directly to the picnic area, so let’s hope you have a set of wheels! Park at the Somersby Falls Picnic Area to commence your waterfall chasin’!
Distance Covered / Elevation Gain / Duration
500m return / Minimal elevation gain / 1 hour