15+ Waterfalls to Chase Down Under

Sorry TLC, there’s no sticking to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to when these falls are so pretty.

1. Barron Falls (QLD, AUS)

Barron Falls at Barron Gorge National Park. Photo by Kristin, University of Queensland (home university: Purdue University)

Barron Falls is one of the main highlights of Barron Gorge National Park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The waterfall, located in Kuranda, is easily accessible from Cairns.

2. Crater Falls (TAS, AUS)

Crater Falls at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (home university: Syracuse University)

Located in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Crater Falls isn’t the most impressive waterfall on this list — really more of a series of small cascades — but still a pretty sight to see while walking the Overland Track.

3. Dinner Falls (QLD, AUS)

Dinner Falls at Mount Hypipamee National Park. Photo by Takuma, Viva College Brisbane (home university: Komazawa University)

Unfortunately there’s no food at Dinner Falls, but the picturesque waterfall — about an hour’s drive southwest of Cairns — makes Mount Hypipamee National Park worth a visit.

4. Horseshoe Falls (TAS, AUS)

Horseshoe Falls at Mount Field National Park. Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (home university: Syracuse University)

A tiered-cascade waterfall, Horseshoe Falls is one of a handful of waterfalls located in Tasmania’s Mount Field National Park.

5. Huka Falls (North, NZ)

Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Syracuse University)

 

Huka Falls — New Zealand’s most-visited natural attraction — is located on the Waikato River which drains into Lake Taupo. When the river narrows to one-fifth of its size at a gorge for a 20-meter drop, the result is massive amounts of water rushing through the gorge and into a blue-green pool. Definitely one of the most unique falls Down Under.

6. Katoomba Falls (NSW, AUS)

Katoomba Falls at Blue Mountains National Park. Photo by Takuma, Viva College Brisbane (home university: Komazawa University)

Katoomba Falls is one of the main highlights of Blue Mountains National Park about 2 hours away from Sydney. in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The waterfall is easily accessible from the Katoomba entrance of the park.

7. Kitekite Falls (North, NZ)

Kitekite Kalls in Piha’s Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Photo by Kristin, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Purdue University)

Kitekite Falls is one of the standout features in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, located in the seaside town of Piha, about a 45-minute drive from Auckland.

8. Lady Barron Falls (TAS, AUS)

Lady Barron Falls at Mount Field National Park. Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (home university: Syracuse University)

A tiered-cascade waterfall, Lady Barron Falls is one of a handful of waterfalls located in Tasmania’s Mount Field National Park.

9. Lamington National Park (QLD, AUS)

Photo by Becky, University of Queensland (home university: Northeastern University)

Although only a tiny stream of a waterfall is pictured here, Lamington National Park is known for its waterfalls, including Coomera, Elabana, and Morans.

10. MacKenzie Falls (VIC, AUS)

MacKenzie Falls at Grampians National Park. Photo by Takuma, Viva College Brisbane (home university: Komazawa University)

Located in Grampians National Park in Victoria, MacKenzie is one of the grandest waterfalls on this list, featuring water cascading over gorge cliffs into a huge pool.

11. Millaa Millaa Falls (QLD, AUS)

Photo by Takuma, Viva College Brisbane (home university: Komazawa University)

Somehow not part of a national park, the heritage-listed Millaa Millaa Falls is perhaps the most photographed waterfall in all of Australia. The water is also a popular swimming hole, and while you’re here, see if you can spot any platypuses or bright blue Ulysses butterflies.

12. Nelson Falls (TAS, AUS)

Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (home university: Syracuse University)

Possibly one of the best natural roadside attractions out there, you’ll find Nelson Falls located at the end of a small street just off Lyell Highway. If drive all the way out here for the falls, or even just stop to see them while passing through, you’ll be glad you did.

13. Purling Brook Falls (QLD, AUS)

Purling Brook Falls at Springbrook National Park. Photo by Kristin, University of Queensland (home university: Purdue University)

Purling Brook Falls is just one of the handful of breathtaking waterfalls you’ll find throughout Springbrook National Park in southeast Queensland. Another highlight includes the waterfall that flows into the cave in the Natural Bridge area of the park.

14. Russell Falls (TAS, AUS)

Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park. Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (home university: Syracuse University)

Before the establishment of Mount Field as a national park in 1916, Russell Falls alone became Tasmania’s first nature reserve in 1885. Today, the large tiered-cascade waterfall still stands as the crowned jewel of Mount Field.

15. Taranaki Falls (North, NZ)

Taranaki Falls at Tongariro National Park. Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Syracuse University)

Although known mainly for its volcanic activity, Tongariro National Park also has its fair share of waterfalls, such as the dramatic straight-drop Taranaki Falls that flow into a turquoise pool. The falls can be accessed from the Taranaki Falls Track.

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