Fitzroy Falls Walk
Where: Fitzroy Falls, Morton National Park
Fitzroy falls are 80 metre falls from Yarrunga creek, dropping off stunning Nowra sandstone cliffs into the valley below, before it joins up with the Kangaroo River. It is an easy way for the family to access the rugged beauty that world-famous Morton National park has to offer!
Located next to the car park is the Fitzroy Falls visitor centre and rangers station. This complex is open between the hours of 9am to 5pm daily and is a great starting point for the family. Inside you will find information on Morton National Park and the Falls – it is staffed by park rangers who are happy to assist with any inquiries. The complex also contains a gift shop, café and “discovery room” (toilets are outside). The discovery room is a hands-on space for children that contains exhibits and information about interesting critters and plants found in the park. The café has a children’s corner with toys, colouring in and child sized furniture – its a perfect place for a rest after checking out some of the lookouts in the park!
The walk from the visitor centre to the main falls lookout is wheelchair and pram friendly. It is a short walk (a few hundred metres) along an elevated boardwalk beside Yarrunga creek. Keep a look out for the resident platypus and azure kingfisher! The boardwalk passes under the bridge on Nowra Road and finishes at the lookout above Fitzroy Falls. Bring your binoculars and see if you can look all the way into the valley below; notice how the vegetation changes from heathland on the top of the cliffs to rainforest below. Stunning!
From this point you can choose to continue around the cliff edge via the West Rim Track to further vantage points. This trail is well marked with distances and there are informative signs along the way highlighting points of interest. There is no further access for wheelchairs or prams after this point as the trail becomes dirt and there are stairs.
Twin falls lookout is well worth the effort and you will be rewarded with the view of several waterfalls dropping below (best viewed after periods of rainfall). Each section is small and manageable for young children and there is the option to back track to the visitors centre at any point if need be.
Listen on your return for the repertoire of the lyrebirds who call the scrub along the trail home. These birds are famous for their ability to mimic natural and unnatural sounds and the kids will love trying to pick what they are mimicking!
If you wish to have a picnic there is a nice grassed picnic area adjacent to the car park with covered picnic tables and barbecues (coin operated).
Getting there: Fitzroy Falls is located in Morton National Park. Access is via the visitor centre on Nowra Road, Fitzroy Falls. From Nowra drive 41 km via Kangaroo Valley and Nowra Road (up Barrengarry Mountain). From Wollongong drive 65km from the Illawarra Highway, take Sheepwash Road to Nowra Road. Park access fees are $4 per car per day, and pay stations are located in car park with cash or card options available.
A huge thank you to our guest blogger Sky from @3kidsandabackpack for this post! Follow Sky’s wonderful expeditions on Instagram!
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