The last of a series of four waterfalls along the Clover Hill Trail bushwalk, Clover Falls is also the most spectacular waterfall. It plunges about 20m into a deep pool at the base, which is surrounded by steep, fern-covered cliffs. Downstream of the pool are some large boulders, and there’s plenty of space to enjoy a rest (although many people don’t get this far, this is becoming an increasingly popular walk.)
Swimming at Clover Falls
Alhough the water was not turquoise-coloured (as I’ve seen in some photos) due to recent rain, the water is clear and clean. The Macquarie Rivulet originates just above the Macquarie Pass National Pass, with minimal pollution sources in its catchment area. The pool gets deep towards the base of the falls and this is a great spot for a refreshing swim.
Getting to Clover Falls
Clover Falls is reached via the Clover Hill Trail (off the Illawarra Highway), which is mostly easy walking along a disused forestry trail as far as Rainbow Falls. The route then follows the Macquarie Rivulet upstream past three more waterfalls, but there is no marked track and some scrambling and route-finding is required. Clover Falls is the last waterfall, and the most challenging to reach.