Belmore Falls

Morton National Park / Illawara Region / Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia

Rating: 3.5     Difficulty: 1
Belmore Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Belmore Falls left Julie and I ooh-ing and ahh-ing as we were totally taken off guard with its majestic two-tiered plunge. During our drought-stricken November 2006 visit to Southeastern Australia, we were not only pleasantly surprised by its flow, but we also didn't expect this waterfall to be so tall (about 100m) considering there seemed to be so little fanfare concerning it according to our pre-trip research. Adding to the waterfall's impressiveness, we also enjoyed a nice meat pie picnic while gazing at the falls. Indeed, it was simply a relaxing and pleasant experience all around as we were taking a break from the driving as we were going from Wollongong to Canberra through the Illawarra and Southern Highlands Region.

We were able to get the views you see on this page from a pair of lookouts (see directions below). One of them was named the Hindmarsh Lookout. I didn't recall the other lookout had a name, and I couldn't recall which one was which. Both yielded similar views of the falls with the only different being the viewing angle (one was more straight on than the other).

In any case, there was some limited parking nearby each lookout so for all intents and purposes, this was a look-but-don't-touch roadside waterfall. That said, I didn't recall there were obvious ways to get close to each waterfall, but then again, we were sufficiently content with the overlooks that we didn't really try to look for such hikes to extend our visit. According to the park literature, the Hindmarsh Lookout Track was said to be 1.8km return, but we might have cheated as the lookouts were close enough to the park road for us to consider it roadside (even though I guess we were technically supposed to hike the track to get to the lookouts).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

More direct view of Belmore Falls from the other lookoutMore direct view of Belmore Falls from the other lookout
A reasonably short drive west of Belmore Falls was the impressive Fitzroy Falls, which was one of our favorite waterfalls in New South WalesA reasonably short drive west of Belmore Falls was the impressive Fitzroy Falls, which was one of our favorite waterfalls in New South Wales
A reasonably short drive east of Belmore Falls was the impressive Carrington Falls, which was on the pretty reliable Kangaroo RiverA reasonably short drive east of Belmore Falls was the impressive Carrington Falls, which was on the pretty reliable Kangaroo River
Further to the east of Belmore Falls all the way by the coastal town of Kiama was the impressive Kiama Blowhole seen here performing in front of a lighthouseFurther to the east of Belmore Falls all the way by the coastal town of Kiama was the impressive Kiama Blowhole seen here performing in front of a lighthouse
Our first look at Belmore FallsOur first look at the falls

A more zoomed in look at the satisfying Belmore FallsA more zoomed in look at the satisfying falls

View of Belmore Falls from the other overlookView of the falls from the other overlook

Just focused in on the upper tier of Belmore FallsJust focused in on the upper tier of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Belmore Falls is situated in Morton National Park between Fitzroy Falls and Carrington Falls.

We came from Carrington Falls, where took the Illawarra Highway (Hwy 48) west towards the town of Robertson. Then, we took a left onto Merryla St, then turned right onto South St before turning left onto Belmore Falls Rd. We then followed this road another 7.7km to a signed turnoff on the left. That turnoff was a one-way road that looped past both overlooks before rejoining the Belmore Falls Rd.

Coming from the other direction from Fitzroy Falls, take Pearsons Rd east for about 9km to the turnoff on the right for Belmore Falls Rd. Then, follow Belmore Falls Rd for about 5.5km southeast towards the signposted one-way spur loop mentioned above. One thing to keep in mind about the Belmore Falls Rd just west of the one-way spur loop road was that there was a concrete ford between the upper and lower tiers of the falls. Thus, there could be the possibility that this road might not be passable if the falls was in flood.

For context, Belmore Falls was 143km (2 hours drive) south of Sydney, 58km (about an hour drive) southwest of Wollongong, and 50km (under an hour drive) west of Kiama.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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