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Maddens Falls

Dharawal National Park

Overview

Enjoy scenic waterfall views at Maddens Falls lookout near Helensburgh, a great reward after a long bushwalk and the perfect place for birdwatching and photography.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Dharawal National Park
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

Take the easy Maddens Falls walk to the lookout for a view of the waterfall dropping from Maddens Creek to the pools below.

The short and easy walking track is a great one for walking with children. It's also ideal for birdwatchers so don't forget your binoculars - look for local residents like honeyeaters, red wattlebirds and golden whistlers. Tree frogs, brown froglets and banjo frogs are often heard too, walk quietly to increase your chances of spotting wildlife.

When you reach the falls, admire picturesque vegetation at the falls’ base. Colourful with acacias, native river roses and lush, sprawling ferns, it’s a pretty place to visit during spring when the flowers are out or in April when the falls will be at their fullest. See if you can spot the rare fern-leaf grevillea with its red ‘toothbrush-like’ flowers.

When you’re done gazing at the falls, head back along the track to the picnic table for a tasty lunch or afternoon tea.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • Enjoy a fun WilderQuest activity these school holidays. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    WilderQuest bug detectives: Dharawal

    Come on a fun WilderQuest adventure. We'll explore the bugs of Maddens Falls in Dharawal National Park, near Helensburgh, and find out where they're hiding.

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Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
Pools of water on a rocky ledge. Photo: Lucas Boyd