About Ebor Falls
Ebor Falls seemed to us to be a pair of attractive waterfalls with a gorgeous two-tiered upper falls and a plunging lower tier.
This was yet another waterfall in the waterfall-saturated Waterfall Way though it specifically sat in a reserve known as the Guy Fawkes River National Park (as opposed to the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park further to the west).
Despite the temptation to give into waterfall fatigue from the quantity of waterfalls we had seen in this stretch of the New England Region of New South Wales, somehow Ebor Falls still managed to stand out.
Perhaps its pretty healthy flow pleasantly surprised us when the previous three falls we had seen earlier in the day disappointed us.
Even Aborigines who called this area home named the falls Martiam, which meant “great falls”.
This suggested that perhaps we should have expected Ebor Falls to perform well.
Finally, the cumulative height of all the main tiers of Ebor Falls was said to be 115m.
Truthfully, that seemed like a rather generous claim unless there existed more tiers not immediately visible from the sections that we visited.
Nonetheless, we found Ebor Falls to be one of the more scenic (if not the most scenic) waterfalls on the Waterfall Way.
Experiencing the Lower Ebor Falls
Julie and I started the visit to Ebor Falls by driving to the car park nearest to the lower falls (see directions below).
From this car park, we went on a short walk to the lower falls lookout.
During our visit, we encountered a section of the lookout that appeared to be closed (possibly due to erosion).
Thus, the views we could get had some form of visual obstructions no matter where we stood.
In addition, we looked against the morning sun during our May 2008 visit.
Since the falls still sat mostly in the late morning shadow, we did manage to take some long exposed shots, but I had to deal with a lot of haze.
Ebor Falls also seemed a bit distant so I had to use a telephoto lens in order to compose a reasonable photo of the waterfall without it looking too puny.
Experiencing the Upper Ebor Falls
After seeing the lower falls, we had the option of hiking another kilometre to the upper falls lookout.
However, we opted to return to the car and drive to the car park closer to the upper falls lookout (near the Ebor Cemetery).
From that other car park, we went on another short walk to the lookout that yielded the photo you see at the top of this page.
We noticed basalt formations beneath the the two-tiered Upper Ebor Falls, which clearly demonstrated how the more erosion-resistant rock layer ultimately gave rise to this waterfall.
We had to contend with the late morning sun as we viewed the upper waterfall against it.
So that limited our ability to take long exposure photos due to brightness or unwanted lens flare artifacts.
Ebor Falls resides in the Guy Fawkes River National Park near Dorrigo in New South Wales. It is administered by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
Ebor Falls was some 40km west of Dorrigo or 40km east of Wollomombi Falls along the Armidale-Dorrigo Road (also known as Waterfall Way, Hwy 78).
The signed turnoff was on the north side of the road.
Once inside the Guy Fawkes National Park, we noticed there were actually a pair of car parks for this waterfall.
Near the Ebor Cemetery was the car park for the upper tiers.
Further along the road at its end was the car park for the lower falls.
Ebor Falls was 80km (about an hour drive) east of Armidale and 110km (90 minutes drive) west of Coffs Harbour. Coffs Harbour was 391km south of Brisbane, 157km north of Port Macquarie, and 537km (6 hours drive) north of Sydney.
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