One of the most spectacular waterfalls anywhere in Australia, the 81m high Fitzroy Falls drops dramatically into the untouched bushland of Morton National Park. The park is part of the rugged Southern Highlands region, just south of Sydney.
Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre
Drive to the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, which has a cafe, souvenir shop and information on local Aboriginal history and wildlife in the park. From the visitor centre, there’s a short wheelchair-accessible boardwalk to scenic views of the plunging waterfall.
Named after Sir Charles Fitzroy, the Governor of NSW who visited here during his tenure in the 1850s, the area has been a tourist site since the mid-1800s. The tiny village next door to the famous falls is still home to just 200 or so residents.
After checking out the magnitude of falls, explore the surrounding wilderness on well-marked walking tracks. The East Rim and Wildflower walking tracks will take you to lookouts with superb views, while the West Rim walking track offers vistas of gorges and waterfalls.
Enjoy sweeping views across Kangaroo Valley at the Manning lookout, which is a 10min drive southeast of the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre. The lookout on the sandstone escarpment is a short walk through bushland from the free carpark. There are picnic tables near the lookout.
You can also take to the Fitzroy Falls to Kangaroo Valley cycling route, a challenging 30km journey to the village of Kangaroo Valle, tucked inside one of Australia’s most beautiful valleys. Keep an eye out for wallabies, kangaroos and birdlife.
Getting there and where to stay
Fitzroy Falls is two hours’ drive from Sydney or Canberra. The hamlet of Fitzroy Falls contains a few dozen homes surrounded by farmland. You can stay at the Twin Falls Bush Cottages, camp at Griffins Farm, or stay in the neighbouring towns of Bowral, Bundanoon and Robertson