Somersby Falls is actually a pair of attractive cascades situated near Gosford on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
This was the first waterfall north of Sydney that we saw as we made our way towards Port Macquarie. Given the rather long drive, this falls was a very pleasant stop to stretch and enjoy the cool, crisp Autumn morning scenery.
This is the kind of waterfall where you could bring out your tripod, put your DSLR in shutter priority mode, and let Nature do the rest as the waters of Floods Creek ripples over the stair-stepping bedrock.
Not knowing how the precipitation patterns are prior to the Autumn season, it seemed like Somersby Falls had pretty satisfactory flow on our May 2008 visit. I'm not sure it's a year-round waterfall, but I did read in the literature that this is best seen after heavy rain, which implies that it has a short season, and we just got lucky. In any case, it did feel cool and moist on the morning we visited despite the weather being sunny, which suggests to me that perhaps this drainage and forest sees its share of moisture.
The first falls is down some steps near the car park and is quite pretty as it tumbles in several steps towards the smooth bedrock below. The shorter lower falls is a short distance further downstream reachable by more descending steps. Soon the steps end, and in order to get good photos of the lower falls, we had to do a little bit of scrambling and crossing the stream. Do watch your step as you go down to the lower falls as the mossy path can get a little slippery in spots.
Directions: Somersby Falls is in Brisbane Water National Park on the Central Coast of New South Wales some 70km or so north of Sydney. On our visit, we headed north from Sydney (it took a while to get to the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway [Hwy 1] in the rush hour) and exited the freeway at Wisemans Ferry Road (the GPS told us to do this; I don't recall the falls being signposted). But as we proceeded north on Wisemans Ferry Road, I think that's when we found a sign (though I'm not totally sure) and then followed it to the car park (there is a parking fee).
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