Dharawal National Park
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.
- Dharawal National Park
- What to
- 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.
Take a virtual tour of Maddens Falls captured with Google Street View Trekker.
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- 02 9585 6831
- Wollongong office
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- 02 4224 4188
- Unit G Ground Floor, 84 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
- in Dharawal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
Dharawal National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.