Paddys River Falls

Kosciuszko National Park / Riverina Division / near Tumbarumba, New South Wales, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Paddys River Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Paddys River Falls was a gushing waterfall that defied our Australian Drought pessimism during our November 2006 visit to the southeastern parts of the country. We were especially surprised by how much flow the falls had after having been discouraged from visiting the nearby Buddong Falls (either near or in Kosciuszko National Park; pronounced "kos-zee-OOS-ko"). In fact, the western side of the Australian Alps (where we encountered this falls) seemed to be even harder hit by the drought than the regions we had visited between Sydney and Canberra. So its fair volume probably said a lot about the size of the drainage and/or the relative health of the moisture-retaining vegetation surrounding the banks of the watercourse. Nonetheless, adding to the allure of this pleasing waterfall was that somewhat rare opportunity to go behind the falls and see it from its backside.

From the car park (see directions below), we followed an obvious path that made one switchback as it descended from the upper lookouts at the top of the falls to the end of the track a short distance before the base of the falls. Beyond the railing, there was obviously a well-used path that continued further into the spacious alcove behind the falls. We even saw a bench within the alcove (attesting to its well-used nature). However, Julie and I noticed there was plenty of unsightly graffiti all over the alcove walls, which kind of took away from the scenic allure of this spot.

Finally, Paddys River Falls was said to be 15m tall. We had read in the literature prior to our trip here that the falls was 60m tall, but we honestly think they might have meant 60ft instead!




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking out from behind Paddys River Falls, one of the neat features of this waterfall (being able to go behind it)Looking out from behind Paddys River Falls, one of the neat features of this waterfall (being able to go behind it)
After spending a few days in Canberra (Australia's capital), we then continued west-southwest as we detoured to Paddys River Falls via Tumut, then continued to VictoriaAfter spending a few days in Canberra (Australia's capital), we then continued west-southwest as we detoured to Paddys River Falls via Tumut, then continued to Victoria
Looking down towards the Paddys River Falls before the descentLooking down towards the falls before the descent

Another look at Paddys River Falls on the way down to its baseAnother look at the falls on the way down to its base

Julie approaching the backside of Paddys River FallsJulie approaching the backside of the falls

Context of the graffiti-laced alcove behind Paddys River FallsContext of the graffiti-laced alcove behind the falls

Examining the graffiti in the alcove behind Paddys River FallsExamining the graffiti in the alcove behind the falls

Julie took this photo from behind Paddys River FallsJulie took this photo from behind Paddys River Falls

Looking back at Paddys River Falls as we were heading back upLooking back at the falls as we were heading back up


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since we came here from Tumut, we'll describe the route we took (even though the maps made it seem pretty straightforward to get here from Wagga Wagga as well as Albury-Wodonga).

From Tumut, we took the Snowy Mountains Hwy (Hwy 18) west for about 7km. Then, we turned left onto Batlow-Tumut Road and followed this road for about 21km to the town of Batlow. Beyond Batlow, the road then became Trunk Rd. We followed Trunk Rd for the next 38km towards Tumbarumba (Trunk Rd became Adelong Rd near Tumbarumba). I believe there were signs for the falls from Tumbarumba.

In any case, we turned left onto Bridge St, then right onto Winton St, then left onto Regent St, which then eventually became William St. We followed William St for about 12.5km, then we turned right onto Paddys River Falls Rd. That road would eventually lead us to the car park for the falls.

For some added context, Tumut was 196km (nearly 2.5 hours drive) west of Canberra and 202km northeast of Albury-Wodonga on the border New South Wales border with Victoria.




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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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