There are a number of walking trails and lookouts around Carrington Falls… you could easily spend a day exploring the area. But as this our fourth waterfall stop on the way back to Sydney from the south coast, I only manage to convince my son (after much negotiating) to undertake the very short Carrington Falls Walking Track.
It’s a popular bushwalk, and for good reason: the trail has a couple of lookouts with spectacular views over Carrington Falls and passes the Kangaroo River above the falls. The first lookout (if you’re doing the walk in a clockwise direction) provides the best view of Carrington Falls, which plunges about 90m into a deep pool at the bottom.
There’s a few more glimpses of the waterfall through the trees, as the track descends into a shady rainforest gully and then up to the Valley View Lookout.
The Valley View Lookout gives you a better sense of the volume of water going over the waterfall, being a bit closer to the creek- although you can only see the top of the falls. You also get a good view down the narrow valley.
Soon after this lookout, the Carrington Falls Walking Track loops back to the start. You can continue a bit further to reach the Kangaroo River, which is a nice spot for a picnic. You can’t really swim here (best to head to nearby Nellies Glen for a dip) but you can cool your feet in the river.
The second half of the Carrington Falls Walking Track is not quite as impressive as it heads away from the river. Although it’s still a pleasant walk, through tall forest that provides some shade.
This is the best bushwalk to see Carrington Falls… but I’ll definitely be back when I have more time to explore more of the trails, and to see whether it’s possible to reach the base of the falls.
Getting to Carrington Falls
Carrington Falls is in the Southern Tablelands, about two hours from Sydney and 15min (11km) from Robertson. Carrington Falls picnic area, also known as Thomas’ Place picnic area. Joonty Road off Jamberoo Mountain Road takes you to Carrington Falls picnic area, also known as Thomas’ Place picnic area where the signposted Carrington Falls Walking Track starts.
- National Parks (NPWS) – Carrington Falls Walking Track