Fitzroy Falls

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

Rating: 4     Difficulty: 1.5
Fitzroy Falls
Fitzroy Falls dazzled Julie and I with its impressive flow (despite the drought during our November 2006 trip to Southeastern Australia) and dramatic cliffside free-fall, which we were able to appreciate from several panoramic overlooks. It was probably one of our favorite (if not the favorite) waterfalls in New South Wales. The falls was said to be 80m tall, and apparently, it was said to have reliable flow despite a dam further upstream collecting the flow of the Yarrunga Creek (resulting in the Fitzroy Reservoir). The falls was said to have lighter flow since the implementation of the dam yet it might also perform more consistently because of it (contrary to other waterfalls we've seen where dams had the opposite effect of robbing a waterfall dry). So imagine how much more impressive it would have been if we were already impressed by it in its current compromised state!

From the self-pay car park (see directions below), we then walked through the visitor center where the walks to the views of the falls started right behind it. We began by checking out Fitzroy Falls near its brink since that was where the visitor center was close to. Then, we followed the cliff-side track further downstream and away from the falls where there were more lookouts including the signposted Jersey Lookout and Richardson Lookout. All along the way, there were interpretive signs talking about the native vegetation and wildlife of the area as well as the geology that gave rise to the falls.

The farther away from the falls we went, the more direct the views became. Julie and I also noticed some more hidden tiers of waterfalls nestled within the foliage deep in the valley below. Since our visit happened to be during overcast skies, which then became rain, our views of the surroundings weren't as expansive, but they were impressive nonetheless. Although it was sufficient for us to visit Fitzroy Falls from the given overlooks, we also continued the walk towards Twin Falls, which we have a different writeup for. Twin Falls was not factored into the difficulty rating on this page since it required greater exertion than what was required for Fitzroy Falls.

One of these days, Julie and I would like to return here under better weather. The hope would be to get the views that might be reminiscent of the Blue Mountains experience a couple hours west of Sydney. By the way, some people might refer to the falls as Throsby's Falls after Charles Throsby, who was credited as the first non-Aboriginal person to chance upon it. The name Fitzroy came from a New South Wales governor who first visited the falls in 1850.

Directions: There are many ways of getting to Fitzroy Falls so we'll just describe the routes that we took to get to and from the falls.

From Belmore Falls, we took the Belmore Falls Rd west then turn left onto Pearsons Rd. We could've also gone west on Hwy 48 from the town of Robertson then turned left onto Pearsons Rd. Once on Pearsons Rd, follow this road around the Fitzroy Reservoir as it would become Nowra Rd, and shortly thereafter, we saw the car park and visitor centre for Fitzroy Falls.

Coming from the Hume Hwy (Hwy 31) going northbound, exit at Hwy 48 (Illawarra Hwy) for Moss Vale. Then, shortly after passing through the town, turn right onto Hwy 79 (Nowra Rd), and follow this road to the visitor centre and car park for the falls.

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This was the view of the valley from the top of Fitzroy Falls with incoming bad weather
Direct view of Fitzroy Falls from the Jersey Lookout
This was the first look at Fitzroy Falls after we had left the visitor centreThis was the first look at the falls after we had left the visitor centre

Looking right down to the base of Fitzroy FallsLooking right down to the base of the falls

Looking at more of the Fitzroy Falls at an angleLooking at more of the falls at an angle

Examining the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley as we were walking towards the more distant views of Fitzroy FallsExamining the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley as we were walking towards the more distant views of the falls

Long exposed direct view of Fitzroy Falls from the Jersey LookoutLong exposed direct view of the falls from the Jersey Lookout

Distant view of the Fitzroy Falls in the rain from I think Richardon's LookoutDistant view of the falls in the rain from I think Richardson's Lookout

Mostly obstructed view of some hidden waterfall I noticed during the clifftop walkMostly obstructed view of some hidden waterfall I noticed during the clifftop walk

By now, the bad weather really showed up and the views were mostly covered over by cloudsBy now, the bad weather really showed up and the views were mostly covered over by clouds

I believe the Richardson Lookout might be the furthest lookout where we were still able to see Fitzroy FallsI believe the Richardson Lookout might be the furthest lookout where we were still able to see the falls

Context of the Jersey LookoutContext of the Jersey Lookout

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There is a place southwest of Sydney called Southern Highlands. In Southern Highlands there is a famous waterfall called Fitzroy Falls . Fitzroy Falls …

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Fitzroy is indeed worth a look, it's almost up there with Ellenborough Falls . The walk along the western rim is a lovely walk and, as suggested, …

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