EXPLORE // Carrington Falls
COVID UPDATE: The Carrington Falls Walk is open. You can picnic or rest and eat along the walk as long as social distancing rules are followed - no more than 10 people gathered together and keep a distance of 1.5 metres from each other.
The February rains not only gave us a chance to relax and breathe a sigh of relief, it’s also got our local waterfalls pumping again! So good to see and hear the water flowing – how good is the sound of millions of litres of water crashing over rocky cliffs into the water below?
We went on an adventure to Carrington Falls and loved it. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to chase some waterfalls for yourself.
Family Friendly :: Yep, but not great for prams
Easily Accessible :: Car park at the start of the walk
Dog Friendly :: Nope, a no go for doggos
Stairs :: There are some steep stairs to get from the Falls View to the Valley View lookout
Time :: The walking track is a 570 metre loop which only takes about 15-20 minutes to stroll around – longer if you’re oohing and aahing at the view.
Where is it?
Carrington Falls is in the Budderoo National Park which is a 10-15 minute drive from Robertson. Head down Jamberoo Mountain Road and turn right into Budderoo National Park.
If you want to go to the top of Carrington Falls and do the 570 metre loop walk, bear left and head down to the picnic area. Or if you want to explore the Blue Pool and Nellie’s Glen, bear right. If you fancy having a swim at the top of the falls, park in the main car park on the north side of the falls. Parking is free.
There are some spots with picnic tables so pack some snacks or some lunch and make an afternoon of it!
We did the 570 metre loop walk which guides you to two lookouts with some gorgeous views of the falls. If you’re after an easy walk just head to the Falls View – this is a very easy, fairly flat walk, mostly on a cement path. You could probably take a pram on this one if you had someone to help you lift it up and down a few stairs that are on the track.
If you’re okay with some steeper stairs, keep heading up the pathway to the second lookout platform which is the Valley View lookout.
Walk a little further on from there and you’ll come to the Kangaroo River. This is a fave swim spot in the warmer months for locals. It’s at the top of the waterfall and very slippery so kids definitely need to be supervised and monitored closely. On a hot day, it’s a great space to plant yourself on a rock and cool off with a float or a dip. On a cool day, it’s just fun to walk around through the water. It is super slippery though so hang onto the kids!
We definitely recommend good walking shoes – socks and shoes always recommended when bushwalking seeing we share the great outdoors with our wriggly and slithery snake friends!
Why should you do it?
The view of the Carrington Falls is amazing, and the sound of the falls is wonderful, especially after heavy rain. It’s a fun adventure day out for the kids and a favourite with nature photographers too.
It’s a great spot to park yourself on a hot day with Nellie’s Glen and Blue Pool just a short walk away from Carrington Falls. Click here to check out our Swimming Spots of the Highlands for more info.
And it’s an awesome place to take visiting friends and family to watch Mother Nature show off! We love that it offers up a few options – just take a peek at the falls, go for a longer bushwalk or spend a few hours there cooling off.
What’s close by?
The Illawarra Fly Walk is just up the road if the Carrington Falls walk has got you feeling adventurous! Here’s a link to an article we wrote when we went along and tackled the Zipline and the Treetop Walk there.
The wonderful village of Robertson is just a 10 – 15 minute drive away. On the way to the falls or on the drive home, stop into this fab town for lunch and some brews at the local pub, or pop into a local café, grab some gelato from The Robertson Cheese Factory, have a browse through some of the gorgeous shops on the main street and check out the newest kid on the Southern Highlands art block – the fabulous SHAC! Right next to the Big Potato!
We love sharing our awesome outdoor adventures with The Fold readers and want to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy when giving our walks and rides a crack for themselves. So, always check the weather forecast before you venture out. If you’re heading into a National Park, be sure to consult the National Parks website for up-to-date information about current alerts. Prepare yourself with the right equipment, clothing, safety items, with plenty to eat and drink if you’re going on longer hikes, and always let someone else know where you’re going and what time you are expected to be back. Have fun and stay safe!