Robin Falls was one of those obscure waterfalls that we weren’t aware of until we were combing through our very useful road atlas during our pre-trip research. When we learned that it was not far from the town of Batchelor (where we were staying), we figured that we mind as well take some time and check it out. What we found was a modest but attractive three-tiered waterfall though the positioning of the falls was such that we had to get right up to it in order to see it. The result was the photo you see at the top of the page, where the slight wide-angle on my DSLR helped out a bit. Without it, we only had partial views of the falls.
Our timing of this waterfall was such that it was almost totally in shadow. We showed up in the early afternoon (around 2pm) where only the topmost portion of the falls was lit up by the sun. We were able to take some long exposure photos, but the lone bright spot tended to get washed out. Had we waited a little while longer, the sun would’ve been lower on the horizon and then the lighting would’ve been completely even.
Speaking of timing, it seemed like this waterfall was definitely seasonal. We happened to time our trip for June 2006, which was right at the start of the Dry Season at the Top End of Australia. We understood that the access to the falls might be more difficult in the Wet given the unpaved nature of both the road and the trail to get here. However, had we waited too long during the Dry, the falls might disappear completely. The state you see it in on this web page followed a late season Cyclone in early May.
From the somewhat informal car park at the end of the road (see directions below), we followed the creek upstream as the trail started off pretty well-defined. But then it became less defined the further we went. Eventually, we had to do a little rock scrambling, and even when we got to the falls, we had to scramble on the facing rocks to get a better view without the rock obstructions. We had to be careful as we were doing this as it was very slippery here. Overall, we spent about 45 minutes away from the car.
By the way, we noticed that this waterfall might be referred to as “Robyn Falls.” At least Lonely Planet Australia (we had the 12th edition published 2004) spelled it out this way. However, my useful Explore Australia 2006 Road Atlas spelled it with as Robin Falls, which was the convention we were sticking with.
The turnoff for Robin Falls (I don’t recall if it’s signposted or not) is about 12km south of the township of Adelaide River on the sealed but narrow Dorat Road (Road 23). Take the turnoff and proceed along this rough and rocky (high clearance vehicle recommended though a passenger vehicle can make it if you’re real careful) to its end. There’s a “car park” there where the hike/scramble begins.
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