Although Clarinda Falls is technically not an intermittent waterfall, it can dry up and is often just a trickle – it’s a lot more impressive after decent rain.
Even when the water flow is low, the waterfall is quite photogenic, with the water cascading down a near-vertical wall, into a shallow, sandy pool.
David Noble’s photo of Clarinda Falls gives you an idea of what the waterfall looks like after a decent flow of water!
Clarinda Falls gets its name from Clarinda Varney, the first wife of Sir Henry Parkes (who was the “Father of Australian Federation” and the “Knight of Faulconbridge”). Parkes bought 400 acres of land (for £400) in Faulconbrige in 1876, which included the land where the falls are located, and tracks were built to the waterfalls and other places of interest.
Getting to Clarinda Falls
The quickest and easiest way to reach Clarinda Falls is via the Victory Track, which descends the gully from Sir Henry Parade in Faulconbridge (this track was closed in 2022/2023 due to a landslide). An alternative and longer way to get to the falls is via the Sassafras Gully walking track, from Sassafras Gully Road. Both trailheads are about a 1:15min drive from Sydney or 40min from Katoomba.
- David Noble blog – Faulconbridge waterfalls