Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Winifred falls

Map - here

Entering the Royal National Park from Loftus, (Sydney) drive along Farnell Ave to Audley river crossing, the road merges into Sir Bertram Stevens Drive continue for 2.5km and turn left onto Warumbi Rd. Approx 400 meters along, keep an eye on a sign to your right, (Winnifred Falls Fire Trail) there is also a locked gate at entry of walk. Parking on side of road.

The beginning of the walk is a sign, on side of road which is well hidden by trees, the walk down states 1km (2km return). The track itself is a fire trail and easy to walk with some parts along the way steep and loose rocks, we had attempted this walk after a large rainfall so the track was muddy and slippery, but I'm sure on a dry day the track would be easy enough, but it is very steep in section.

Arriving at the bottom of trail are the falls, to the left of the sign we found a great place to get some pictures of the falls, but due to muddy areas it was limited to a few places,  there also is a trail leading to the water hole underneath the falls.
The water hole has easy access for a swim and the water was freezing but very refreshing, also a few clear areas to set up for a relaxing day or a picnic.

On the right side of the falls we walked up the river a short distance, where there were many small cascades of water,  and due to the heavy rain the river was flowing fast and there was a lot of water, also a walking track up along the waters edge. (not sure on how far this leads to but a clear track)

The track back up the hill was a little challenging again because of the wet surface, also steep in some areas, taking our time at a steady pace and stopping for a few short breaks it wasn't that bad and we returned back to the road.

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