Newell Falls and Sherrard Falls

Dorrigo National Park, New South Wales, Australia

About Newell Falls and Sherrard Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2008-05-07
Date last visited: 2008-05-07

Waterfall Latitude: -30.39388
Waterfall Longitude: 152.74558

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Both Newell Falls and Sherrard Falls were surprise roadside waterfalls as we wound our way along the curvy roads of the Dorrigo Mountains.

In fact, we pursued Crystal Shower Falls when we happened to stumble upon these waterfalls after having missed the turnoff leading to Crystal Shower Falls.

Newell_Falls_005_05062008 - Newell Falls
Newell Falls

The first waterfall we encountered heading east was Sherrard Falls.

We couldn’t find a safe place to stop the car and admire this waterfall.

So some of the photos we took of this falls were from inside the car as we approached it.

Our place to U-turn on the Waterfall Way highway (and double back to Crystal Shower Falls) didn’t happen until we stumbled upon Newell Falls just 1km further downhill.

We used the small car park (or maybe more like a pullout) near the Newell Falls to not only turn around, but we also stopped to admire the falls without getting in the way of traffic.

In any case, it has been said that these waterfalls become prone to Waterfall Way road closures during times of flooding.

Sherrard_Falls_002_05062008 - Sherrard Falls
Sherrard Falls

That was because the road passed over bridges traversing the creeks of both waterfalls.

So I can envision a catch-22 situation where the waterfalls’ highest flow events may also occur when you can’t drive to them due to the road closures.

Finally, even though it didn’t look like it at first, Julie and I did manage to find an informal small pullout west of Sherrard Falls.

From there, we walked alongside the road (note we essentially walked on the road’s shoulder given the lack of pedestrian-friendly space) until we saw the view of the falls you see pictured above.

That said, I realized that we took a risk walking on a narrow road with blind turns, and we definitely had to be mindful of traffic on the Waterfall Way.


Newell Falls and Sherrard Falls reside in the Dorrigo National Park near Dorrigo in New South Wales. They are administered by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Sherrard_Falls_007_05062008 - A closer look at Sherrard Falls spilling towards the Waterfall Way Highway
Newell_Falls_007_05062008 - Another look back at the Newell Falls spilling both above and below the Waterfall Way Highway

Sherrard Falls was sandwiched between the turnoff on Dome Rd for Crystal Shower Falls and Newell Falls along the Waterfall Way (Hwy 78).

It was about about 7km south of the town centre of Dorrigo to Sherrard Falls.

Newell Falls was another 1.1km downhill (southeast) along the Waterfall Way.

For context, Dorrigo was 64km (an hour 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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