It’s thought that there are nine million waterfalls in the world… although there is no definitive number, not even a precise definition of what constitutes a waterfall. It’s safe to say I’ll only ever be able to visit a small fraction of the world’s waterfalls. I’ve listed the favourite falls which I’ve visited are below.
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Bridal Veil Falls in Leura is a spectacular multi-tiered waterfall in the Blue Mountains, especially after heavy rain. There are viewing points both above and below the falls.
Immortalised by Ansel Adams, Bridalveil Fall is one of Yosemite’s most iconic waterfalls. It falls 188m and can be seen from a number of vantage points.
Clover Falls is a spectacular waterfall and beautiful swimming hole along the Macquarie Rivulet. It's reached by the relatively challenging Clover Hill Trail.
Curra Brook Waterfall in the Royal National Park plunges into the ocean, just below where the Coast Track crosses Curra Brook. Best views of the falls are from the Coast Track about 700m to the north.
Curracurrong Falls is a unique waterfall in the Royal National Park, as it plunges directly off high cliffs into the ocean. On windy days, it's also known to blow back up as mist, becoming a "reverse waterfall".
Dettifoss is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe and the largest in terms of volume discharge It's fed by meltwater from the massive Vatnajökull glacier.
Fitzroy Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Australia, with the water plunging 81m into a wide valley. A walking trail provides multiple lookouts.
A long and thin waterfall, Foss a Sidu (or Foss á Siðu) drops 30m down a sheer basalt cliff. It's located along the Ring Road in southern Iceland.
Goðafoss or "waterfall of the goð (pagan idols)" is a spectacular waterfall in Iceland's north. The river Skjálfandafljót falls in a wide arc into a foaming pool.
Gullfoss is a spectacular waterfall, which is regarded as one of the top ten in the world. A huge volume of water cascades over a wide "staircase" before plunging into a 32-metre deep crevice.
Kariong Brook Falls is a beautiful multi-tiered waterfall in Brisbane Water National Park. It plunges into a deep pool and swimming hole.
The spectacular Katoomba Falls can be seen from many vantage points, including above and below the waterfall.
A long series of cascades along Leura Falls Creek, surrounded by rainforest. The popular and photogenic Leura Cascades is easily reached.
Lower Gledhill Falls is a spectacular waterfall, where McCarrs Creek is forced through a narrow chute and plunges into a small pool far below.
The popular Mullet Creek Falls (or Irrawong Waterfall) is a small but very photogenic waterfall. Mullet Creek drops off a wide ledge into a large pool and swimming hole.
National Falls is one of the most spectacular watefalls around Sydney. The waterfall has two separate levels, both with wide overhangs behind the plunging water.
Located on the Willlams River in the Barrington Tops National Park, Rocky Crossing Cascades is a series of stunning waterfalls and waterholes.
Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a width of 25m and a drop of 60m. A walking path takes you to the base and the top of this picturesque waterfall.
The Taranaki Falls is a picturesque waterfall in Tongariro National Park, where the Wairere Stream tumbles 20m over an old lava flow.
The Liffey Falls consist of four waterfalls along the Liffey River; the largest and most picturesque of these is Victoria Falls.