Saturday, September 5, 2015

Maddens Plains Waterfall

We love having our midweek day off. Time to get out and explore our local area and see whats in our backyard. We headed north to Helensburgh to the Royal National park (Dharawal Nature Reserve) and looked for a place called Maddens plains waterfalls, when driving take the Old Princes Highway south from Helensburgh, turn right onto Darkes Forest Road and continue along for 2.5km to Maddens Falls car park. The car park is located on the southern side of the road opposite the Apple Shack Glenbernie Orchard, 259 Darkes Rd. From the carpark follow the signs for 750m along the walking track to Maddens Falls.

This walk is easy and takes you straight to the waterfall, starting off walk along service track, then this branches off to the right along a gravel road. Some of the track is raised bourd walk.
The walk is about a 15 min, but we took a few short detours along the way, as the river runs parallel with the track, there are small tracks which lead to river along the way.

The waterfall is beautiful with a viewing platform to take pictures. There are also lots of surrounding area to get creative for pictures. We again detoured off track to see if we could get a better view of falls but large trees and huge rocks and boulders seem to get in the way of falls.

The top of the falls has lots of small ponds of water with frogs and tadpoles, which kept Andy amused for a while. When quiet you can hear a lot of bird life, and the Australian native flowers and plants are everywhere along the track.

This is a beautiful and easy walk, the sign at car park also has a lot of other longer walks within the Dharawal Nature Reserve, also bike tracks which is on our list of things to do. This area was so quiet and going mid week we didn't see anyone at all which was really nice for a change.

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