Our top 10 best waterfalls in Australia list is here – prepare to fall in love and spend your next weekend free exploring these majestic and beautiful wonders.
Australia is dotted with waterfalls from the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland’s lush rainforest to the Northern Territory’s red sandstone and Tasmania’s deep temperate rainforest.
Thousands of years of water carving its way through rock has created these beautiful wonders that we can now spend the day exploring.
1. Milla Milla Falls – Queensland
We’re starting off strong with Milla Milla Falls located in the beautiful Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.
Surrounded by lush rainforest, this magnificent waterfall is the perfect place to take a dip. In the late afternoon platypus and the stunning Ulysses butterfly are common to spot, so keep a watchful eye out. There are BBQs, shelters, public toilets, and change rooms making it the perfect place to spend the entire day.
2. Russell Falls – Tasmania
Said to be the most photographed tourist attraction in Tasmania, Russell Falls will leave you feeling at one with nature after a drop by.
A short 25 minute walk through the deep green forest of the Mount Field national park will lead you to this beautiful, hidden waterfall. Breathe deeply and take in the fresh mist and beauty that surrounds, or take a stroll when it gets dark so you can experience glow worms dotted amongst the vegetation alongside the trail.
3. Nelson Falls – Tasmania
Nelson Falls cannot be missed when visiting the Tassie region.
The short walk from Lyell Highway is a great way to stretch your legs and educate yourself on the ancient forest you’re walking through. We recommend visiting after heavy rain as that’s when the falls are flowing at their fastest and will allow you to see them in all their glory.
4. Florence Falls – NT
Florence Falls is one of the most popular swimming spots in the Northern Territory, and for good reason.
This beautiful swimming hole is the perfect place to park up for the day with a picnic and good company. If you consider yourself an avid adrenaline junkie you can climb up the falls quite easily and jump back into the blue lagoon below. Or, if you’ve got the gear to stick around for a while, there are so many camping spots nearby in the beautiful Litchfield National Park to pick from.
5. Mitchell Falls – Western Australia
This four-tiered waterfall in Western Australia is one of the most iconic attractions in the Kimberley, and it’s not hard to see why!
Mitchell Falls, also known as Punamii-Uunpuu to the Wunambal people, was carved through sandstone over thousands of years creating the beautiful emerald watering holes that make it so famous. However, although the falls look super inviting just be mindful that you’re not permitted to swim in due to the presence of saltwater crocodiles. We’ll stick to pics only, thanks!
6. Beauchamp Falls – Victoria
Beauchamp Falls is located just off the famous Great Ocean Road.
Hidden behind the magnificent mountain ash forest, this powerful 20-metre waterfall is a great place to spend the day working up a sweat on a hike. The return route from the carpark will set you back about an hour and a half, letting you wander through the spectacular Blue Mountains national park and take in the beauty of the flowing falls.
7. King George Falls – Western Australia
King George Falls is truly a worldly wonder.
Due to the remote location of the falls, there are only two main ways in which you can access them. First option: you can book yourself a luxury cruise which allows you to get up close and personal with the 100m cascading waterfalls. Or, on the other hand, you have the option to see the falls from above with front row seats on a helicopter and flights departing from Broome and Kununurra. Either option allows uninterrupted views and a big bucket list tick.
8. Fitzroy Falls – New South Wales
One of Australia’s most spectacular waterfalls, the Fitzroy Falls stand at over 80 metres while plunging into the untouched Morton National Park below.
Follow the short walking trail from the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre through the forest filled with wildflowers and native wildlife to a lookout platform with the most spectacular views of the falls and Yarrunga Valley.
9. Josephine Falls – Queensland
Tropical Far North Queensland boasts most of Australia’s most spectacular waterfalls, but Josephine Falls is said to be the most beautiful of them all.
A natural rock slide lets you ride from the top of the falls down into the turquoise waters below, providing a magically unforgettable experience. The falls are just over an hour’s drive from Cairns, perfect for a day trip to explore the falls and also the beautiful rainforest that surrounds it.
10. Dangar Falls – New South Wales
Last but certainly not least is Dangar Falls.
This 30m cascading beauty is set in the scenic agricultural and airy farmland of Dorrigo in New South Wales. One of the only places where you can bring along your furry friend for a swim, picnic or simply just a walk to soak in the beautiful scenery.
Hot tip – don’t be fooled by the name of this place and end up at their neighbour Dangars Falls.
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