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Australia Waterfalls are not what most people associate with the land "down under." But they're bountiful in the country and continent of Australia and they're amongst the country's scenic features that delight nature lovers like us. Indeed, Australia means many things to different people. While obvious associations and stereotypes include kangaroos, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour, and even Crocodile Dundee, I think of the country in terms of its vastness and variety of its waterfalls.

Julie and I have found Australia Waterfalls in places such as the barren expanse of the red deserts of the Outback (such as the Pilbara and Kimberley), the swampy crocodile lands of the Top End, the tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland (including the Atherton Tablelands), the temperate forests featuring giant trees in Southern Western Australia as well as the Otways in Victoria, the majestic Blue Mountains, and even the unpredictable yet largely unspoiled island of Tasmania.

An often overlooked fact about the country is that it is just as big and as vast as the Continental United States. Thus, the country experiences vastly different climates depending on where you are. As a result, Australia Waterfalls are unique in character and very different from others we've been to in other parts of the world.

Then, there's the diversity that we really embraced in our visits. Everything from the landscape to the food to the people and even the wildlife that really made us think of Australia as almost a second home. Not only do we enjoy meat pies, sticky date, the "no worries" attitude, and especially Triple J Radio, but if we were ever fortunate enough to choose a country to move to, Julie and I agree that this would probably be the one country that would come closest to what we're used to back in the States.

Besides, given its size, you can't see all of the Australia Waterfalls in one trip. In fact, Julie and I have already made multiple visits to the country, and we realize that we're going to have to keep coming back over and over again in order to continue adding to our waterfalls survey (while becoming more and more immersed in Australia's culture). Indeed, with each visit, we've found that it became harder to leave Australia after each trip, and we suspect it could have the same effect on you, too!





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OUR FAVORITES

Some of the waterfalls in this region were considered amongst our favorites and thus have made one or more of our top 10 lists. To see which of these lists have featured waterfalls from this region, see below!



Top 10 Waterfalls in Australia




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WATERFALL SUBREGIONS

Below are the waterfall subregions that we've been to. Click on a subregion for more details about the area and its waterfalls.



Jim Jim Falls Northern Territory: While this vast state stretches as far south as the arid Red Center and as far north as the tropical wetlands of the Top End, you'll find most of the waterfalls in the Top End. It is here that monsoonal thundershowers power some of the most spectacular Australia Waterfalls. With its year-round hot and humid climate, you'll find refuge in plunge pools beneath some of these falls. You'll also find menacing crocodiles, haunting Aboriginal rock art, and a true sense of the Outback that inspired the movie "Crocodile Dundee."

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Mitchell Falls Western Australia: As the largest state in the country, you'll experience the extremes of the Outback in the north and cool rainforests in the south. The waterfalls found here are located in remote areas such as the Kimberleys and the Pilbara as well as in the Karri Forests near the Margaret River Region. You'll get a true sense of the country's vastness, variety, and charm when you visit this state.

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Wentworth Falls New South Wales: Anchored by the world famous cosmopolitan city of Sydney, you'll experience an incredibly diverse mix of peoples and cultures as well as popular beaches and iconic sights like the unforgettable Sydney Harbor with the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. But venture further inland and you'll be at nature's doorstep complete with towering waterfalls, precipitous cliffs, mysterious caves, and relaxing rainforests. We're also including the Australian Capitan Territory (ACT; a state in and of itself) in this section. Indeed, given all that there is to see and do in this state, you'll find such a variety of Australia Waterfalls and other diversions that you'll probably have problems trying to figure out where to go in your limited time on holiday.

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MacKenzie Falls Victoria: It may be the smallest state on the mainland outside the ACT, but perhaps the one word that describes this state most is diversity. It features a blend of farms, wineries, mountains, rainforests, quiet beaches, and rugged coasts (including the world famous Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles) most of which are within reasonable day trips from its capital city - Melbourne. Situated on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne is also known as the country's sports mecca as well as an archrival to Sydney. In this state, you'll find waterfalls fed by snow, waterfalls that tumble over old lava flows, and even waterfalls in cool temperate rainforests. All these features certainly back up the saying on the local license plates as "the place to be."

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Waterfall Gully South Australia: In a state known for its Barossa Valley wines and for having the driest climate in the country, it seems ironic that waterfalls could exist here. But indeed they do and you can see most of them in day trips from its capital city of Adelaide. Also popular amongst nature enthusiasts is Kangaroo Island, which features pristine land and wildlife. In addition, you can also seek out solitude in the desert expanses of the Outback or go surfing on its southern shores.

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Montezuma Falls Tasmania: Known as the "Island State" as well as the "Natural State," Tasmania satisfies nature lovers with some of the largest tracts of untouched wilderness in the country. Anchored by the charming city of Hobart - the second oldest capital in the country - it's nature that is the state's primary draw. The most famous of the natural tourist attractions is Cradle Mountain with its memorable shape fronted by Dove Lake. Situated in the Roaring 40s (like New Zealand), the state has one of the wetter climates in the country so waterfalls are plentiful. The falls range from 100m sentinels to gracefully curtainous multi-tiered cascades. But you can also see Tassie's unique wildlife as well as coastal features sculpted by the ever-turbulent Southern Ocean.

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Wallaman Falls Queensland: This tropical sunshine state is home to the country's tallest waterfall, the country's widest single-drop waterfall, and plenty of variations in between including one that drops into a natural bridge! There's even a region so full of waterfalls that they formed a "Waterfalls Circuit" to take some of it in. Couple all that with the state's more famous attractions like the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands and you have yourself a bonafide holiday destination. But the hits don't end there. Indeed, the far north of the state has lush rainforests and aboriginal roots while the built-up areas of the Gold Coast and Brisbane offer plenty of beaches, surfing, night life, shopping, and gambling.

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Mena Creek Falls Reader Submissions: We can't possibly visit every single waterfall in Australia. Fortunately, there are readers kind enough to share their knowledge and experiences by writing up their own guides for those waterfalls that we haven't been to.

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MORE INFO

Are you researching for an upcoming trip to this region? We've got additional information concerning non-waterfall attractions, our own travel stories, reviews of books and maps, or even writeups concerning the logistics of what it takes to come here and what to expect! Check out the following links...



Sunset at Cottesloe Beach Australia's Other Attractions: There's more to the land down under than the Australia Waterfalls. If you're curious about the country's other natural attractions or you're suffering from waterfall fatigue, have a look! [read more]




Sunset at Mindil Beach Australia Travel Stories: Read about the stories behind the World of Waterfalls. See Australia through our eyes while becoming more informed about this beautiful country. In this section, you will find travel journals that will leave you laughing, smiling, curious, or just about all the emotions you'd expect when you're traveling to an unknown place. [read more]




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THE WATERFALLS LIST

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NORTHERN TERRITORY

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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NEW SOUTH WALES

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VICTORIA

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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TASMANIA

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QUEENSLAND

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READER SUBMISSIONS

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