Fernhook Falls

Walpole, Western Australia, Australia

About Fernhook Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2006-06-20
Date last visited: 2006-06-20

Waterfall Latitude: -34.81768
Waterfall Longitude: 116.59461

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Fernhook Falls was supposed to be a very wide waterfall, which you might get a sense of from looking at the span of the road bridge in the photos on this page.

Instead, we were only able to see a very small fraction of what was left of the so-called Deep River as evidenced by the photo you see at the top of this page.

Fernhook_Falls_003_06192006 - Fernhook Falls
Fernhook Falls

Like with other waterfalls we encountered in the Southwest of Australia during our June 2006 visit, waterflow (or lack thereof) plagued our waterfalling experience here.

Even the somewhat moderate to heavy rains we were experiencing in the past couple of days couldn’t revive this falls.

It would certainly require more sustained and substantial rains to fill up the Deep River and make it the wide river-type falls we had seen in the literature prior to our visit.

I’d imagine that under which conditions we might have been able to see people run the falls on kayak or canoe!

Visiting the falls was pretty easy as a wheelchair-accessible path led to various views of the falls.

During our visit, we had to contend with foliage getting in the view.

Apparently, we should’ve continued driving past the first car park and go over the bridge for a different perspective of the width of the river without as much foliage getting in the way.

We didn’t bother doing that as the flow of the river was on the west side of the bridge.

Aside from the falls, there were picnic tables so I’d imagine this would be a nice place to have a picnic and watch the spectacle of the waterfall under more agreeable conditions.


Fernhook Falls resides in the Walpole Wilderness area near Walpole in Western Australia. It is administered jointly by the Western Australia Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Fernhook_Falls_007_jx_06192006 - The unsealed Beardmore Road to the Fernhook Falls with rainbow
Fernhook_Falls_001_06192006 - Looking through the foliage across the mostly dry Fernhook Falls
Fernhook_Falls_009_06192006 - Looking up at Fernhook Falls (or what's left of it) with the road bridge providing a sense of how wide this waterfall could have been
Fernhook_Falls_013_06192006 - Focused on the only flowing part of Fernhook Falls

To get to the falls from Pemberton, take the South Western Highway (Hwy 1) until you see the signed turnoff taking you onto an unsealed road (Beardmore Road). This turnoff is roughly 88km southeast of Pemberton. From Walpole, it was roughly 25km to the west and north, and there’s apparently a longer more unsealed path that also leaves north of Walpole into the Beardmore Ridge though we didn’t take that route so we can’t really say more about that route.

Anyways, once on the unsealed Beardmore Rd, the car park is another 15 minutes or so to the east of Hwy 1 to a well-signed area that also allows for camping.

Our Explore Australia 2006 road atlas said a high-clearance vehicle is necessary, but we were able to make it without any problems in our low clearance passenger vehicle. But even as I say this, I’m sure the trouble-free nature of our experience depended on the weather and road maintenance.

For some additional context, Pemberton was 145km (under 2 hours drive) east of Margaret River, 323km (over 3.5 hours drive) south of Perth, and 239km (under 3 hours drive) west of Albany.

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