Summary: 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".

While it’s easy to walk past the Curracurrong Falls in the Royal National Park without noticing it, the waterfall has some characteristics that make it unique. Firstly, it has the distinction of being one of a very small number of waterfalls that plunge directly into the ocean (the only one in NSW and one of only three in Australia, according to Wikipedia).

Curracurrong Falls

Secondly, with the right weather conditions, it’s one of the rare “reverse waterfalls” where the wind blows the water back into the air. (Behind Curracurrong Falls is Eagle Rock, a sandstone formation that looks the shape of an eagle’s head.)

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The 82m waterfall is hard to see its entirety, because Curracurrong Creek plunges straight down off the edge of the tall cliffs. You can see part of the falls from south of the falls, or from the top of Eagle Rock.

Above the main falls there is a second, smaller set of cascade where the creek flows of a series of ledges.

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Getting to Curracurrong Falls

It’s about 8km (return) to Curracurrong Falls from Garie Beach, Wattamolla or Sir Bertram Stevens Drive via the Curra Moors Firetrail. The easiest and quickest way to the falls (and Eagle Rock) is from Wattamolla, where there is a large carpark, kiosk and toilets. An entry fee applies (if you don’t have a national parks pass).

A few popular bushwalks that pass the falls and Eagle Rock:

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