Paddys River Falls was a gushing waterfall that defied our Australian Drought pessimism during our November 2006 visit to the southeastern parts of the country. We were especially surprised by how much flow the falls had after having been discouraged from visiting the nearby Buddong Falls (either near or in Kosciuszko National Park; pronounced “kos-zee-OOS-ko”). In fact, the western side of the Australian Alps (where we encountered this falls) seemed to be even harder hit by the drought than the regions we had visited between Sydney and Canberra. So its fair volume probably said a lot about the size of the drainage and/or the relative health of the moisture-retaining vegetation surrounding the banks of the watercourse. Nonetheless, adding to the allure of this pleasing waterfall was that somewhat rare opportunity to go behind the falls and see it from its backside.
From the car park (see directions below), we followed an obvious path that made one switchback as it descended from the upper lookouts at the top of the falls to the end of the track a short distance before the base of the falls. Beyond the railing, there was obviously a well-used path that continued further into the spacious alcove behind the falls. We even saw a bench within the alcove (attesting to its well-used nature). However, Julie and I noticed there was plenty of unsightly graffiti all over the alcove walls, which kind of took away from the scenic allure of this spot.
Finally, Paddys River Falls was said to be 15m tall. We had read in the literature prior to our trip here that the falls was 60m tall, but we honestly think they might have meant 60ft instead!
From Tumut, we took the Snowy Mountains Hwy (Hwy 18) west for about 7km. Then, we turned left onto Batlow-Tumut Road and followed this road for about 21km to the town of Batlow. Beyond Batlow, the road then became Trunk Rd. We followed Trunk Rd for the next 38km towards Tumbarumba (Trunk Rd became Adelong Rd near Tumbarumba). I believe there were signs for the falls from Tumbarumba.
In any case, we turned left onto Bridge St, then right onto Winton St, then left onto Regent St, which then eventually became William St. We followed William St for about 12.5km, then we turned right onto Paddys River Falls Rd. That road would eventually lead us to the car park for the falls.
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