Gerringong Falls top and bottom

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Gerringong Falls top and bottom

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Distance
8.6 km
Duration
5-8 hours
Swimming
Swimming
Duration
Full Day Walk
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Advanced

Hi everyone this is the first time writing on this page so excuse my bad writing and grammar. 

I have done this walk twice and might recommend taking two separate days to do both however I have heard of people doing it on a single day starting at 6 or 7am. To get to the start of the walk people should know first it ain't for the faint hearted but isn't to insane at the same time but I recommend bringing a few things depending on the season I did it in winter so water no matter what sunscreen (in summer) a hat good hiking boots and possibly a rope unless you are keen or good at rock climbing which is optional.

To get to the Budderoo Plateau drive either direction from Robertson or Jamberoo going up Macquarie Pass or Jamberoo Mountain you will see a dirt road turn off just past Barren Grounds on the left from Jamberoo. And past the turn off to Illawarra fly on the right coming from Robertson or Mac pass. You will see on the left of the dirt road a brown sign saying Budderoo Plateau follow this about 500 meters then come to a gate park here and get out and go over small steps to the right of the gate. Now this is where the track begins it will take you either 2 hours on a bike or 3 and a half to 4 hours walking to the top of the falls. Follow the road right down enjoying the scenery of open bush and plains at the beginning of the track then going through a few fern and gumtree forests you will eventually come to a gate on the right this is the half way mark but don't go down this one it only just leads to a small pond. 

Follow the track another half an hour to 20 minutes and come to the gate to the start of the Hersey trail this is the track to the waterfall follow this down about half an hour to the top of the falls you will come to an open clearing to the left about 400 meters before the falls is a lookout of kangaroo valley keep going and you will come to a rocky creek follow the track left which is abit bushy and you will come to the top of the falls! Enjoy it's beauty and take some cheeky snaps don't get to close the top is very slippery and to get across to the rocky ledge part to take good photos.

Follow the track back the same way and remember the lookout clearing? Well go up another 200 meters and on the right there is a tree with axe cut like arrows into it this is the beginning of the bottom track. If you got a bike I recommend taking your bike through into the bush and chaining it to a tree. But following the track through is abit bushy but you will come out to a clearing part and to the right see some rock piles like a beacon following this down to the edge of the cliff and go right don't worry it is covered by trees keep walking the track going next to the edge until you will find a track with rock walls on either side follow that down not to steep and you will come on the edge and see a tree standing over a human sized hole. This is called the chimney now this is probably the most challenging part of the walk it isn't to hard but if not to keen I would use the rope I said tie it to that tree over it and down you go there is kind of stair or like a ladder cut into the rock inside the chimney once you get to the bottom of it sigh with relief now it's mostly downhill follow the track down into the bush and in the bush you will find firefighter tape tied to the trees and bushes following this down through some parts abit bushy and steep so take your time and you will come down to s creek with rocks covered in moss beware in summer as I heard snakes can hide under these rocks. But following the track to the side of the creek and you will have to get abit of rock climbing skills out climbing a few rocks go to the right where the falls are and you will see a track to the side an opening follow this abit down and you will be right at the bottom! Enjoy it's absolute magic and swim if hot! It is carved almost like a swimming pool so perfect! And good for photos and enough sitting rocks for sitting eating taking snaps or resting. Give yourself enough time to take the track back (especially in winter) and to get back up that chimney rock. But that is all folks! Hope you enjoy this walk! 

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Distance
8.6 km
Duration
5-8 hours
Swimming
Swimming

Grade

Duration
Full Day Walk
Duration
Advanced

2 thoughts on "Gerringong Falls top and bottom"

  1. Avatar Andrew says:

    Hey, nice job describing this lesser known trail.

  2. Avatar Cynthia Iskandar says:

    Hi there
    How far is the walk from car park to the start of the track?
    Saw some people suggesting riding a bike instead of walking.
    Thank you 🙂

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